Asset Classes

Trading Basics

Asset classes

Types of asset that have similar characteristics.

There are four broad classes: Equities, Foreign Exchange, Debt and Commodities.

Other Trading Basics

ADR

American Depositary Receipts or ADRs. These are shares of foreign companies listed on exchanges in the USA in dollars.

They allow US investors to get access to overseas shares without the hassle of having to exchange currency, open brokerage accounts overseas and so on.

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Bottom Up Analysis

A form of fundamental analysis which starts with analysis of the individual parts.

Bottom up analysis of an index would involve the analysis of each company in that index.

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Balance of Trade

Also BoT. This is the difference between trade into or out of a country.

Experts and imports. It can be negative or positive and is used by traders in fundamental analysis.

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