An increase in the price or value of an asset.
An ask price is the price at which a seller is willing to sell a financial instrument.
An asset is anything of value (tangible or intangible) that is owned by an individual or entity, and is anticipated to generate future cash flows.
Asset allocation is a strategy used to create a portfolio that balances the potential risks and returns by investing your money in various types of assets, such as stocks and bonds.
An asset class is a grouping of investments that share similar characteristics and are governed by the same laws and regulations. Equities (e.g., common stock), fixed income, cash and cash equivalents, real estate, commodities, and currencies are common examples of asset classes.
Authorized shares refer to the maximum number of shares that a corporation is allowed to issue based on its articles of incorporation. This limit is established at the time of incorporation.
Being bearish in trading indicates the belief that a market, asset, or financial instrument is likely to undergo a decline or downward trend.
Beta measures how sensitive or volatile a security is compared to the market as a whole. It’s a measure of an asset’s risk in relation to the market.
The price a buyer is willing to pay for shares of a stock or other asset.
Bid Yield / Offer Yield
Rate at which a willing buyer / seller is offering to buy / sell government securities during the course of the day. Rate is influenced by the prevailing market liquidity, overall macroeconomic situation in the country, and the days to maturity.
A bond is a type of investment where an investor lends money to a borrower (debtor), which can be a company or the government. In exchange for the loan, the investor receives regular interest payments. Bonds have maturity dates at which point the principal amount must be paid back in full or risk default.
Bonus shares are extra shares distributed to existing shareholders at no additional cost. The number of bonus shares received is determined by the shareholder's existing holdings. These shares are issued as a way for the company to utilize its accumulated earnings instead of distributing them as dividends, thereby converting them into additional free shares for the shareholders.
A broker is an independent person or a company that organizes and executes financial transactions on behalf of another party. They can do this across a number of different asset classes, including stocks, real estate, and insurance. A broker will normally charge a commission for the order to be executed.
A brokerage firm serves as an intermediary connecting people who want to buy and sell securities and other financial instruments.
Being bullish in trading indicates the belief that a market, asset, or financial instrument will experience an upward price movement.
A capital gain is when you sell an asset at a price higher than the amount you initially paid for it.
Certificate of Deposit
A certificate of deposit (CD) is a type of savings account where you deposit a specific amount of money for a set period of time. In return, the bank pays you interest. Once the agreed-upon period ends, you receive your original deposit amount along with any earned interest.
An investment fund that issues a specific number of shares; its capitalization is fixed. The shares are not redeemable, but are readily transferable and trade on either a stock exchange or the over-the-counter market.
A closing price is the last level at which an asset was traded before the market closed on any given day.
A credit rating is a numerical assessment that informs lenders about the likelihood of a borrower repaying a loan. It is determined by examining the borrower's financial history.
Potential that an investment will go down when assigned a negative rating (downgraded) by a reputable credit rating service.
Cut off yield
Rate at which bids are accepted and set as the coupon rate for the security. Bids at yields higher than the cut-off yield are rejected and those lower than the cut-off yield are accepted.
Day trading is a strategy of short-term investment that involves buying and selling financial instruments, such as stocks, currencies, or commodities, within the same trading day. Day traders aim to take advantage of short-term price movements and capitalize on intraday volatility. They typically close out all their positions by the end of the trading day and do not hold any positions overnight.
Debt refers to the amount of money borrowed by an individual or entity from another party. It is commonly utilized by both individuals and corporations to afford significant purchases that would otherwise be unaffordable.Typical forms of debt include loans like mortgages, auto loans, personal loans, and credit card debt.
Debt to Equity
A financial ratio that measures the proportion of shareholder equity compared to debt used to fund a company's assets.
A debtor (aka borrower) is a person or an entity that owes money to others.
Default risk refers to the potential for a debt issuer/borrower to be unable to fulfill its financial obligations, such as making regular interest payments or repaying the debt in full at maturity.
Deflation is a decrease in the overall level of prices for goods and services. Typically, it occurs when the inflation rate drops below 0%.
When an asset loses value over a period of time.
Dilution occurs when a company issues additional shares after its initial public offering (IPO), leading to a decrease in the value of existing shares.
Diversification is a risk management approach that involves dividing your investments among various asset classes or securities. This aims to decrease the overall risk by spreading investments across multiple areas.
A diversified portfolio is a collection of different securities and asset classes that are not affected by the same factors, thereby minimizing the overall risk of the portfolio.
Dividend yield is a financial metric calculated by dividing the annual dividends paid per share by the price per share.
Dividends are a portion of a firm's net profits that is distributed to the shareholders rather than being reinvested in the company.
Earnings reports are financial statements released by publicly traded companies on a quarterly basis. These reports consist of three primary financial statements: the balance sheet, the income statement, and the cash flow statement. When examined together, these statements offer a comprehensive overview of the company\'s sales, expenses, net income, and earnings per share (EPS).
EPS (Earnings per share)
Earning per share is a metric of a company's profitability. It is calculated by dividing a company's net income by its total number of shares.
Equity represents the value that would be returned to a company’s shareholders if all of the assets were liquidated and all of the company's debts paid off.
An exchange-traded fund (ETF) is a type of pooled investment security that operates much like a mutual fund. Typically, ETFs will track a particular index, sector, commodity, or other assets, but unlike mutual funds, ETFs can be purchased or sold on a stock exchange the same way that a regular stock can.
Face Value / Par Value
A bond’s face value refers to how much a bond will be worth on its maturity date. This is the value that the bondholder will receive when their investment fully matures.
A financial instrument refers to any tradable asset or contract that represents a legally binding agreement between two parties regarding the exchange of financial value. It can take various forms including stocks, bonds, mutual funds, ETFs etc.
Fixed income represents a category of assets and securities that provide investors with a predetermined and consistent stream of income, often in the form of fixed interest. The primary examples of fixed-income securities include government and corporate bonds.
Forex is a way by which market participants convert one currency to another. It’s also referred to as foreign exchange, FX, or currencies.
A fractional share represents a fraction or portion of a complete share of a stock. Typically, it is not possible to directly purchase fractional shares, but they can be obtained through stock splits or dividend reinvestment plans. Brokers have the ability to aggregate fractional shares, combining them to form whole shares that can be bought or sold.
Free float refers to the portion of a company's shares that are available for trading on the open market. It represents the number of shares held by public investors, excluding shares held by company insiders, controlling shareholders, or strategic investors.
Fundamental analysis is an approach to assess the true value of an asset by examining various factors that can impact its future price. This involves studying external events, financial statements, industry trends, and other relevant factors to determine the intrinsic value of the asset.
Futures contracts are contractual arrangements between two parties to exchange an asset at a predetermined price on a specified future date. They are commonly known as 'futures’.
In trading, gainers refer to financial instruments, such as stocks or other securities, that have experienced an increase in price over a specific period of time.
Hedge Funds are actively managed investments that employ diverse strategies to invest clients' funds with the goal of outperforming the market or serving as a safeguard against unforeseen market fluctuations.
In the case of financial markets, stock and bond market indexes consist of a hypothetical portfolio of securities representing a particular market or a segment of it.
Index funds are investment funds that follow the performance of a specific stock market index, like the S&P 500. When you invest in an index fund, your money is used to invest in every company in that index. This results in a more diverse portfolio than if you were hand-selecting individual stocks, for example.
Indices trading is the means by which traders attempt to make a profit from the price movements of indices.
Inflation is a general increase in prices that causes a decline in a currency’s purchasing power.
Inflation risk, or purchasing power risk, is the risk that inflation will undermine the real value of cash flows made from an investment
Interest is the cost of borrowing money. The borrower pays interest, and the lender receives it. For instance, when you borrow money from a bank, you are required to repay the initial amount along with the agreed-upon interest.
Interest Rate Risk
Interest rate risk is the risk associated with the potential impact of market interest rate changes. It pertains to the likelihood that the earnings derived from an initial investment may diminish in value compared to prevailing market rates because of fluctuations in interest rates.
Intrinsic value refers to the perceived or actual worth of an asset, which may differ from its current market price. It serves as a fundamental concept in evaluating investments, as it helps determine whether an asset is overvalued or undervalued.
An investment is an asset that you buy with the expectation that it will generate some future income or profit.
IPO (Initial Public Offering)
When a company decides to raise money through selling shares for the first time to the public.
Consisting of 30 companies that have been screened for Islamic Shariah criteria, the KMI 30 Index is a stock market index on the Pakistan Stock Exchange.
KMI-All Share Index
PSX-KMI All Share Index comprises all Shariah compliant companies listed on the Pakistan Stock Exchange Limited. The Index was developed by Pakistan Stock Exchange Limited and Meezan Bank Limited.
The KSE-100 Index was introduced in November 1991 with a base value of 1,000 points. The Index comprises of 100 companies selected on the basis of sector representation and highest Free-Float Capitalization, which captures around 80% of the total Free-Float Capitalization of the companies listed on the Exchange.
KSE 30 Index includes the top 30 most liquid companies listed on PSX based on Free Float methodology.
A limit order is an instruction given by an investor to a broker to buy or sell a security (such as a stock) at a specific price or better.
Liquidity refers to how easily an asset can be converted into cash. Assets that can be readily and quickly converted into cash are considered highly liquid, such as gold.
Liquidity risk refers to the risk associated with the ability to sell a security or convert an asset into cash easily and at a fair market price.
In trading, when someone takes a long position or goes long on an asset, it means they are expecting the asset's price to rise. By taking a long position, traders aim to profit from the increase in the asset's value.
In trading, losers refer to financial instruments, such as stocks or other securities, that have experienced a decrease in price over a specific period of time. Losers are investments that have lost value, resulting in a negative return for those who hold or have purchased them.
It’s the total value of a company’s outstanding shares, calculated by multiplying the total number of shares by the current share price.
A market order is an instruction from a trader to a broker to execute a trade immediately at the best available price.
Market status refers to the present condition of the market, indicating whether trading is active or not. This information serves as a signal to traders, providing insights into whether trading is live ("On"), halted ("Off"), or temporarily suspended ("Suspended"), among other possible indicators.
Market Treasury Bills
Treasury bills are zero coupon instruments issued by the Government of Pakistan and sold through the State Bank of Pakistan via fortnightly auctions (on Wednesday) through non-competitive bidding. The auction and settlement dates, target amount, and maturity amount are issued through pre-announced auction calendars.
The market value reflects what a business is worth according to market participants.
It is the rate at which prices move over a given period of time. A market’s volatility is its likelihood of making major, unforeseen short-term price movements at any given time.
A mutual fund is a financial vehicle that pools assets from shareholders to invest in securities like stocks, bonds, and other assets. They are operated by professionals, who allocate the fund’s assets and attempt to make profits for the fund’s investors.
Net Asset Value
Net Asset Value is the net value of an investment fund's assets less its liabilities, divided by the number of shares outstanding.
Net income is the total revenue minus total expenses of a company.
A non-competitive tender is an offer to buy securities made by non-institutional investors. Non-competitive tenders do not specify the price or terms of the security but instead accept the market price set by other participants.
An open-end fund is a diversified portfolio of pooled investor money that can issue an unlimited number of shares. The fund sponsor sells shares directly to investors and redeems them as well. These shares are priced daily based on their current net asset value (NAV).
An option is a financial instrument that offers you the right – but not the obligation – to buy or sell an asset when its price moves beyond a certain price within a set time period.
Over-the-counter (OTC) is the process of trading securities via a broker-dealer network as opposed to on a centralized exchange like the New York Stock Exchange. Over-the-counter (OTC) securities are traded without being listed on an exchange.
Pakistan Investment Bonds (PIBs)
PIBs are long-term bonds issued by the Government of Pakistan and sold through SBP via periodic auctions
Passive management is an investment strategy that aims to mimic the performance of a specific group of assets, like stocks or bonds, rather than trying to outperform them. It typically involves using funds or exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that track a particular market index or basket of securities. The goal is to capture the overall market returns and avoid attempting to pick winning individual investments.
Political risk refers to the possibility that changes in government or government policies can affect the value of an investment.
A portfolio is a person’s or an institution’s entire collection of investments or financial assets, including stocks, bonds, real estate, mutual funds, and other securities.
The primary market is where securities are created - companies sell new stocks and bonds to the public for the first time.
Purchasing power is the amount of goods and services that can be purchased with a unit of currency.
A REIT, or real estate investment trust, is a company or a group of companies that allows people to invest in a collection of properties that generate rental income. It provides a way for individuals to pool their money together and become co-owners of real estate, such as apartment buildings, shopping malls, or office spaces. By investing in a REIT, people can potentially earn a share of the rental income and property value appreciation without needing to directly buy and manage properties themselves.
Return is the money made or lost on an investment over a period of time.
Return On Equity (ROE)
Return on equity (ROE) is a measure of a company’s profitability against its equity, expressed as a percentage. In other words, it is how much income the company is generating relative to the amount of capital received from shareholder investments.
Risk preference refers to an investor's willingness to accept varying levels of risk in their investments. Generally, higher levels of risk are associated with the potential for higher returns.
An investor’s risk tolerance is the level of risk they’re willing to take when making an investment decision.
Return on investment is a financial ratio that divides the net profit (or loss) from an investment by its cost.
Means the NBFC Rules 2003, which governs the operation of the mutual funds. The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP), established under section 3 of the Securities and Exchange commission of Pakistan Act, 1997.
S&P 500 Index
The S&P 500 Index, or Standard & Poor's 500 Index, is a market-capitalization-weighted index of 500 leading publicly traded companies in the U.S.
The secondary market is where investors purchase securities from other investors, rather than from issuing companies themselves.
Securities are tradable financial instruments with monetary value.
A share price – or a stock price – is the amount it would cost to buy one share in a company. The price of a share is not fixed, but fluctuates according to market conditions.
A shareholder is any person, company, or institution that owns shares in a company’s stock. Shareholders enjoy certain rights such as voting at shareholder meetings to approve the members of the board of directors, dividend distributions, or mergers.
Shares are the units of the ownership of a company, usually traded on the stock market. They are also known as stocks, or equities.
Shares outstanding is the number of total shares of a corporation that are authorized, issued, and purchased on the secondary market by investors
Shariah-compliant investments must meet all the requirements of Shariah law, as well as other principles set down to govern Islamic finance.
In trading, going short refers to a strategy where a trader anticipates a decline in the price of an asset. By taking a short position, the trader aims to profit from a decrease in the asset's value.
Short selling is the act of selling an asset that you do not currently own, in the hope that it will decrease in value and you can close the trade for a profit.
A stock is a security that represents partial ownership in a company. When you buy stocks, you acquire shares, which represent a small portion of ownership in the company.
A stock exchange is a regulated marketplace where buyers and sellers trade stocks and other financial securities. It serves as a platform for companies to raise capital by issuing and selling stocks to the public, and for investors to buy and sell these securities. Examples of well-known stock exchanges include the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), NASDAQ, Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX).
The stock market is where investors connect to buy and sell investments — most commonly, stocks.
A stock split occurs when a corporation increases the number of its outstanding shares by distributing more shares to current stockholders. By splitting existing shares into multiple new shares, the stock becomes more affordable.
Stock valuation is the process of determining the intrinsic value or worth of a company's stock. It involves evaluating various factors and financial indicators to estimate the fair value of a stock. By comparing the calculated valuation with the current market price, investors can assess whether a stock is overvalued or undervalued.
It is a strategy developed to limit losses and control risk by deciding to sell or buy an asset when it reaches a certain price.
A sukuk is a sharia-compliant bond-like instrument used in Islamic finance. Sukuk are securities that prohibit the charging or paying of interest.
Technical analysis is a method used to analyze and predict price movements in financial markets by studying historical price charts and market data. By identifying patterns from the past, traders aim to make informed predictions about future price trends.
Time horizon is the investing timeframe for achieving a financial goal.
Time Value Of Money
Time value of money refers to the idea that money available today is worth more than the same amount of money in the future
Treasury stock refers to the shares of a company that it holds in its own possession. These shares are not available for public trading and are excluded from the total number of outstanding shares.
Volume represents the quantity of a specific asset that is traded within a given timeframe. It is commonly displayed alongside price data.
Yield is the income earned from an investment, most often in the form of interest or dividend payments.
Zero Coupon Bond
A zero-coupon bond is a debt security instrument that does not pay interest. Zero-coupon bonds trade at deep discounts, offering full face value (par value) at maturity. The difference between the purchase price of a zero-coupon bond and the par value indicates the investor's return.