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Early Withdrawal

If a CD is redeemed before it matures, you may have to pay a penalty or forgo a portion of the interest.

EDGAR

The SEC’s EDGAR database provides free public access to corporate information, allowing you to quickly research a company’s financial information and operations by reviewing registration statements, prospectuses and periodic reports filed on Forms 10-K and 10-Q. You also can find information about recent corporate events reported on Form 8-K.

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Education Savings Plan

A type of 529 plan that lets an account owner open an investment account to save for the account beneficiary’s qualified higher education expenses or tuition for elementary or secondary public, private, or religious schools.

Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Labor. ERISA does not require employers to offer a pension plan. But it does require employers who do offer them to meet certain minimum standards.

Enrollment Fee

Fees that direct-sold college savings plans may charge to join in the program.

Ex-Dividend Dates

To determine whether you should get a dividend, you need to look at two important dates. They are the "record date" or "date of record" and the "ex-dividend date" or "ex-date."

When a company declares a dividend, it sets a record date when you must be on the company's books as a shareholder to receive the dividend. Companies also use this date to determine who is sent proxy statements, financial reports, and other information.

Ex-Dividend Dates: When Are You Entitled to Stock and Cash Dividends

To determine whether you should get a dividend, you need to look at two important dates. They are the "record date" or "date of record" and the "ex-dividend date" or "ex-date."

When a company declares a dividend, it sets a record date when you must be on the company's books as a shareholder to receive the dividend. Companies also use this date to determine who is sent proxy statements, financial reports, and other information.

Exchange Fee

A fee that some funds impose on shareholders if they exchange (transfer) to another fund within the same fund group.

Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF)

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are SEC-registered investment companies that offer investors a way to pool their money in a fund that invests in stocks, bonds, or other assets. In return, investors receive an interest in the fund.  Most ETFs are professionally managed by SEC-registered investment advisers.  Some ETFs are passively-managed funds that seek to achieve the same return as a particular market index (often called index funds), while others are actively managed funds that buy or sell investments consistent with a stated investment objective.  ETFs are not mutual funds.

Expense Ratio

The fund's total annual operating expenses, including management fees, distribution fees, and other expenses, expressed as a percentage of average net assets.