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Investing Acronyms

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Here are some commonly used acronyms pertaining to investing and the stock market.

A - D

ADR - American Depositary Receipts
AHT - After-Hours Trading
CDS - Credit default swap
COGS - Cost of Goods Sold
CPI - Consumer Price Index
DCF - Discounted cash flow
DD - Due diligence
DRIP - Dividend reinvestment plan

E - H

EBITDA - Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization
EPS - Earnings Per Share
EV - Enterprise value
FCF - Free cash flow
FIFO - First-in, First-Out
GAAP - Generally accepted accounting principles
HIFO - Highest-in, First-Out

I - L

IRS - Internal Revenue Service
LIFO - Last-in, First-Out
LSE - London Stock Exchange

M - P

M&A - Mergers and Acquisitions
MOE - Merger of equals
MoS - Margin of safety
MTM - Mark to Market
NASD - National Association of Securities Dealers
NASDAQ - National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation
NYSE - New York Stock Exchange
OTC - Over the counter (stocks)

Q - S

REIT - Real Estate Investment Trust
ROI - Return on investment
ROIC - Return on invested capital
S&P - Typically a reference to the S&P 500
SARE - Sales, administration, research and engineering. The term refers to typical overhead expenses of the company.
SEP - Simplified Employee Pension
SRI - Socially responsible investing

T - Z

TTM - Trailing 12 Months
USD - United States Dollar