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Debt to Equity Ratio

Financial ratio, identifying the amount of debt incurred by a corporation to fund its growth, relative to its equity.

Default Risk

See Risk.


Systematic charges against earnings to write off the cost of an asset over its estimated useful life representing the loss in value due to 'wear and tear' through use. It is a bookkeeping entry and does not involve the expenditure of cash.


These are securities whose value and returns are determined by or "derived from" the value of an underlying instrument such as a stock, bond, commodity, currency, market index or some other investment. Examples include rights, warrants, options and futures.


An individual elected by shareholders to the Board of Directors to oversee the operation of the business. The directors appoint the President, senior executives and officers of the company. They also decide when dividends are to be paid.

Disclaimer Clause

Regulators require that all prospectuses have a disclaimer clearly indicating that the regulators/ securities authorities have in no way passed upon the merits of the securities being offered for sale.

Distribution Company/Companies

Means individual(s), company (ies), firm(s), Bank(s) or other entity (ies) appointed by the Pension Fund Manager for performing any or all of the Distribution Functions and shall include the Pension Fund Manager itself, if it performs the Distribution Function.


Payments made by a fund to its investors representing dividends, capital gains and interest income.

Distributions Function

means with regard to:

a) Receiving applications for issue of Units together with the aggregate Offer Price for Units applied for by the applicants; 

b) Issuing of receipts in respect of (a) above; 

c) Interfacing with and providing services to the Holders including receiving redemption applications, transfer applications, conversion notices and applications for change of address or issue of duplicate Certificates for immediate transmission, in accordance with the instructions given by the Management Company or the Trustee, to the Management Company or the Transfer Agent as appropriate; and 

d) Accounting to the Trustee for all:

  1. moneys received from the applicants for issuance of Units; 
  2. payments made to the Holders on redemption of Units; and 
  3. expenses incurred in relation to the Distribution Function.

Financial organizations that have both the authority and infrastructure to buy and sell mutual funds to the investing public. This includes investment dealers, brokers, banks, mutual fund dealers, insurance companies and mutual fund management companies, registered as dealers.


Spreading investments among different asset classes; purchasing different securities in different companies, in different businesses, in various locations at different times. A method used to reduce and/ or eliminate unsystematic risk.


Generally paid out of retained earnings and determined by the company's board of directors and paid out to its preferred and/or common shareholders. The dividend may be paid in cash or in additional shares. Common share dividends fluctuate with the profitability of a company, while its preferred share dividends are fixed. Dividend payments are not legal obligations.

Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)

A method of transferring payments electronically between the bank accounts of the payer and payee.

Equity Fund

A mutual fund whose primary investment objective is growth. The fund would invest in growth oriented securities such as common shares, with growth potential.

Equity Investment Risk

See Risk.

Face Value

The stated value of a common share/ unit used for accounting purposes only. The face value is no indication of the current market price of a security. Face value is also referred to as the par value, par, principal amount or denomination.

Family of Fund

A group of mutual funds managed by the same mutual fund management company.


An individual or organization placed in a position of trust, acting on behalf of another individual, responsible for holding and/or administrating the assets owned by another individual. Examples of a fiduciary include salespersons, trustees, administrators and guardians.

Financial advisor

A registered representative in a jurisdiction, who is licensed to provide investors advice on their choice of investments. See Salesperson.

Financial Planner

A professional advisor who assesses an individual's current financial situation, helps the individual identify short and long-term financial goals, and develops strategies to help the individual achieve his or her goals.

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