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Basis price
The price expressed in terms of yield to maturity or annual rate of return.
Basket
The purchase or sale of equity securities, which comprise a pre-defined group of securities.
Bear
An investor who believes that prices are going to fall.
Bear market
A prolonged period of generally falling prices.
Bearer security
A security whose owner is not registered on the books of the issuer.
Bed-and-breakfast deal
Selling shares one day and buying them back the next, for tax purposes at the end of the financial year.
Benchmark
A standard used for comparison
Beneficial owner
The true owner of a security. The registered holder of the shares may act as a nominee to the true shareholder.
Best ask
The lowest quoted offer of all competing Market Makers to sell a particular stock at any given time.
Best bid
The highest quoted bid of all competing Market Makers to buy a particular stock at any given time.