
AVERAGE Arithmetic average mean rate of return
 • Arithmetic mean return.
 Average
 • An arithmetic mean of selected stocks intended to represent the behavior of the market or some component of it. One good example is the widely quoted Dow Jones Industrial Average, which adds the current prices of the 30 DJIA's stocks, and divides the results by a predetermined number, the divisor.
 Average accounting return
 • The average project earnings after taxes and depreciation divided by the average book value of the investment during its life.
 Average across day measures
 • An estimation of price that uses the average or representative price of a large number of trades.
 Average age of accounts receivable
 • The weightedaverage age of all of the firm's outstanding invoices.
 Average age of inventory
 • Measures the effectiveness of the company's management of inventory; it is the average length of time inventory is held by the company.
 Average collection period
 • The average amount of time needed to collect accounts receivable.
 Average cost of capital
 • A firm's required payout to the bondholders and to the stockholders expressed as a percentage of capital contributed to the firm. Average cost of capital is computed by dividing the total required cost of capital by the total amount of contributed capital.
 Average dividend yield
 • Combined with price appreciation, the average dividend yield (if any) can show a potential total return from a security investment. The formula for the average dividend yield is:
(EPS *Average Payout) / current price where EPS = Estimated Future High EPS / (1 + EPS Growth) 2.5 Companies that pay a dividend will generally increase the dividend as EPS grow. Share price growth will usually follow the dividend increases, and thus keep dividend yield at a constant percentage.  Average high pe
 • The average high PriceEarnings Ratio (PE) for the past five years. Used to calculate a predicted high price.
 Average life
 • In mortgagerelated investments, including CMOs, the average time to expected receipt of principal payments, weighted by the amount of principal expected.
 • Also referred to as the weightedaverage life (WAL). The average number of years that each dollar of unpaid principal due on the mortgage remains outstanding. Average life is computed as the weighted average time to the receipt of all future cash flows, using as the weights the dollar amounts of the principal pay downs.
 Average low price
 • The average of low prices for the last five years. This represents a possible low price for a cyclical company (e.g. General Motors) whose stock price tends to fluctuate in cycles over approximately a five year period.
 Average low price earnings
 • The average low PriceEarnings Ratio (PE) for the past five years. Used to calculate a predicted low price.
 Average maturity
 • The average time to maturity of securities held by a mutual fund. Changes in interest rates have greater impact on funds with longer average life.
 Average payment period
 • The average amount of time needed to pay accounts payable.
 Average percent payout
 • The average of the percentage of a company's profits paid out in dividends to shareholders, typically calculated over the last five years. A high percent payout can be a danger sign. Recent payout figures higher than 50%, and higher than the average payout, may forewarn of a dividend cut. A dividend cut would likely cause the stock price to fall. Generally, the higher the payout ratio, the lower the expected growth rate for the company's EPS in the future.
Sometimes, although the dividend payout is more than earnings, the company has strong cash flow and can cover the dividend in the short term. However, a company paying out dividends in excess of earnings on a recurring basis is a risky investment.  Average pre tax profit margin
 • Pretax Income divided by Sales. This measures how well management converts sales dollars into profits after deducting all the operating expenses for making and selling its products. Compare the last two years' pretax profit margins with the 5year average to show the trend of growth.
 Average price
 • In bond trading, a step in determining a bond's Yield to Maturity. A bond's average price is calculated by adding its face value to the price paid for it, and dividing the result by two.
 Average price earning ratio
 • The average of the annual high and low PriceEarning Ratios for a particular time period, typically calculated over the last five years.
 Average profit margin
 • See Average Pretax Profit Margin.
 Average rate of return
 • Abbreviated ARR. The ratio of the average cash inflow to the amount invested.
 Average tax rate
 • Taxes as a fraction of income; total taxes divided by total taxable income.
 • A firm's taxes divided by its taxable income.
 Dow jones averages
 • The most widely quoted and oldest measures of change in stock prices, tracking the prices of a group of stocks that represent Industrial, Transportation, and Utility companies.
 Dow jones industrial average
 • Abbreviated DJIA. Priceweighted average of 30 actively traded bluechip stocks, traditionally of industrial companies.
 • This is the best known U.S. index of stocks. It contains 30 stocks that trade on the New York Stock Exchange. The Dow, as it is called, is a barometer of how shares of the largest U.S. companies are performing. There are thousands of investment indexes around the world for stocks, bonds, currencies and commodities.
 Moving average
 • Used in charts and technical analysis, the average of security or commodity prices constructed in a period as short as a few days or as Long as several years and showing trends for the latest interval. As each new variable is included in calculating the average, the last variable of the series is deleted.
 • A technical analysis term. Expresses the charting of the average prices of a security for a particular period using average daily settlement prices over a defined period of time. For example, charting for thirty days produces a thirtyday moving average.
 Potential average dividend yield
 • Suggests the potential percentage dividend payments, compounded yearly over the next 5 years. Combined with price appreciation, Yield makes up the possible total return percentage.
 Simple moving average
 • The mean, calculated at any time over a past period of fixed length.
 Weighted average
 • An average in which each number to be averaged is assigned a weight that determines the relative importance of each figure on the overall average. Weighted averages are often used to assign greater weight to more recent data, on the assumption that older data may be less applicable to current conditions.
 Weighted average cost of capital
 • Abbreviated WACC. Reflects the expected average future cost of funds for the upcoming year; found by weighting the cost of each specific type of capital by its proportion in the firm's capital structure.
 • The average cost of all capital used by a firm. In the context of valuing firms, if the capital is a mixture of debt and equity. The discount rate is called weighted average cost of capital.
WACC = (1  tc) * Rd * D/(D+E) + Re * E/ (D+E) Where tc is the corporate tax rate , Rd is the contractual interest rate on (new) debt, Re is the discount rate on equity, D and E are the market values of debt and equity respectively. The return of all projects accepted by the corporation must exceed the weighted average cost of capital (WACC) to create value for the shareholders.  • Expected return on a portfolio of all the firm's securities. Used as a hurdle rate for capital investment.
 Weighted average coupon
 • The weighted average of the gross interest rate of the mortgages underlying the pool as of the pool issue date, with the balance of each mortgage used as the weighting factor.
 • Is the measurement of the gross coupons underlying a Mortgage Backed Security and weighted by outstanding balance of each mortgage.
 Weighted average life
 • See: Average life.
 • Is the measurement of a Mortgage Backed Securities time horizon other than maturity. It considers the impact of all principal payments both scheduled and prepaid.
 Weighted average maturity
 • The WAM of a MBS is the weighted average of the remaining terms to maturity of the mortgages underlying the collateral pool at the date of issue, using as the weighting factor the balance of each of the mortgages as of the issue date.
 • Weighted Average Maturity is the mean measurement of the maturity of the underlying collateral weighted by each outstanding balance.
 Weighted average portfolio yield
 • The weighted average of the yield of all the bonds in a portfolio.
 Weighted average remaining maturity
 • The average remaining term of the mortgages underlying a MBS.


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