securities

Accredited Investor

Under federal law, no securities may be sold or offered for sale unless they are registered, or there is an exception. An accredited investor is one such exemption: certain high-net-worth individividual, as defined in Rule 501 of Regulation D who may...

Accumulated Earnings

Definition

Net profits of a company that are not distributed as shareholder dividends. Accumulated earnings are often reinvested into the company itself.

See alsoDividendProfit

Adverse Domination

The doctrine of adverse domination allows the statute of limitations on a claim for breach of fiduciary duty against directors and officers of a corporation to be tolled until the corporation is no longer controlled by the alleged wrongdoers. This...

Appraisal

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA determination of the value of something, such as a house, jewelry, or stock. A professional appraiser -- a qualified, disinterested expert -- makes an estimate by examining the property, and looking at...

Appraise

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryTo professionally evaluate the value of property, such as real estate, jewelry, antique furniture, or securities; typically done in order to determine the value of assets for insurance coverage, divide...

Appraiser

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA professional who is hired to determine the current value of real estate or other property. Some appraisers specialize in residential houses for the purpose of setting a sales price or securing a...

Appreciate

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionarySee: appreciation

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Appreciation

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryAn increase in the value or worth of an asset or piece of property that's caused by external economic factors occurring over time, rather than by the owner having made improvements or additions. For...

Blue sky law

Definition

A state law that imposes standards for offering and selling securities. Such laws aim to protect individuals from fraudulent or overly speculative investments.

Overview

Originally prepared by Deepa Sarkar of the Cornell Law School...

bucket shop

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryAn unofficial and usually illegal betting operation in which the prices of stocks and commodities are posted and the customers bet on the rise and fall of prices without actually buying stock, commodities...

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