At best order
An order to be executed at the best currently available price on the stock market.
A pre-defined group of securities.
An investor who sells a security in the hope of buying it back at a lower price, as he thinks the market will go down. A bear market is a falling market in which bears would prosper.
The price at which customers can redeem their mutual fund units or shares (also known as the redemption price).
A large well-established company, usually quoted on the Athens General Index.
Debt securities which generally entitle the holder to a fixed-rate of interest during their life and repayment of the amount of the bond at maturity.
An Exchange member firm, which provides advice and/or dealing services to the public and can deal on its own account.
An investor who buys a security in the hope of selling it at a higher price, as he thinks the market will go up. A bull market is a rising market in which bulls would prosper.
Where the price of the shares you bought rises in value - in other words, selling them would result in you having more capital than you had when you originally purchased them.
An issue whereby funds from a company's reserves are converted into shares which are issued free of charge to the company's shareholders.
That part of a company's profits after tax which is distributed to shareholders.
The risk-sharing part of a company's capital, usually made up of ordinary shares.
An interest-bearing security issued across national borders, often in a currency other than that of the issuer's home country.
Fixed interest securities
Securities issued by a company, government or local authority, where the amount of interest to be paid each year is set on issue.
When a company's shares are admitted to trading on the Exchange.
A futures contract is a contract to buy or sell securities or other goods at a future date at a pre-determined price.
Tax payable on income - for example on dividends relating to your shareholdings.
Tax payable on the estate of a deceased person.
A collective investment fund in the form of a listed company which holds a portfolio of securities on behalf of its own shareholders. Because of an investment trust is itself a listed company, its shares can be bought and sold in the usual way.
An order to be executed at a specified price.
Ease with which a security can be traded on the market.
A company whose securities have been admitted to the main market.
An Exchange member firm which is obliged to offer to buy and sell securities in which it is registered throughout the mandatory quote period.
An investment firm which is a member of the Exchange and which may deal in securities on the Exchange's market on behalf of its clients, or on behalf of the firm itself.
A collective investment scheme handled by a mutual fund management company. This investment, which is divided into units, is valued daily so that anyone interested in participating or in buying a mutual fund, can correspondingly buy or sell units.
An issue of shares when a company comes to the market for the first time - or issues extra shares.
The price at which customers can purchase units or shares (also known as the selling price).
Offer for sale
A method of bringing a company to the market. The public can apply for shares directly at a fixed price.
The right (but not the obligation) to buy or sell securities at a fixed price within a specified period.
The most common form of share. Holders may receive dividends in line with the company's profitability and recommendation of its directors.
A collection of securities owned by an investor.
Normally fixed-income shares whose holders have the right to receive dividends before ordinary shareholders. If a company were to go into liquidation, preference shareholders would rank above ordinary shareholders for the repayment of their investment in the company.
Price/Earnings ratio (P/E ratio)
The P/E ratio is a measure of the level of confidence investors have in a company (rightly or wrongly). Generally, the higher the figure, the higher the confidence. It is calculated by dividing the current share price by the last published earnings per share - where earnings per share is net profit divided by the number of ordinary shares.
Price sensitive information
Information which, if made public, is likely to have a significant effect on the price of a company's securities.
The function of a stock exchange in bringing securities to the market for the first time. Money is raised either for the owners before flotation of the company or to fund future growth.
A company which is not a public company and which is not allowed to offer its shares to the general public.
Conversion of a state-run company to public limited company status - often accompanied by a sale of its shares to the public.
An information booklet detailing information on the company, its accounts and directors, and the securities to be listed, as required in the Exchange's listing rules.
The price at which customers can redeem their units or shares (also known as the bid price).
An organisation responsible for maintaining a company's share register.
An invitation to existing shareholders to purchase additional shares in the company.
Marketplace for trading in securities.
General name for stocks and shares of all types.
The price at which customers can purchase units in a mutual fund or shares (also known as the offer price).
The process of transferring stock from seller to buyer and arranging the corresponding movement of money between the two parties.
See Ordinary Shares, Preference Shares, Securities.
An Exchange member firm which provides advice and dealing services to the public and which can deal on its own accounts.
An arrangement by which a company is guaranteed that an issue of shares will raise a given amount of cash. Underwriters undertake to subscribe for any of the issue not taken up by the public. They charge commission for this service.
To invest in a mutual fund you purchase units of that fund. The number of units you can purchase depends on the amount you have to invest and the unit price.
The value of the mutual fund is divided by the number of units in the fund to establish the unit price at which customers can purchase units. (HSBC releases daily on its website the unit prices on of the funds that it distributes.
Securities giving the holder a right to subscribe to a share or a bond at a given price and from a certain date.
The return earned on an investment taking into account the annual income and its present capital value. There are a number of different types of yield, and in some cases different methods of calculating each type.