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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.

Earnings Per Share

A public company's net profit divided by the number of its common shares.

EDGAR

The SEC’s EDGAR database provides free public access to corporate information, allowing you to quickly research a company…

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,…

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…

Employee Stock Option Plans

An employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) is a retirement plan in which an employer contributes its stock to the plan for the benefit of the company’s employees.  This type of plan should not be…

Employee Stock Ownership Plans ESOPs

An employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) is a retirement plan in which an employer contributes its stock to the plan for the benefit of the company’s employees.  This type of plan should not be…

Enrollment Fee

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

Escheatment by Financial Institutions

All states require financial institutions, including brokerage firms and transfer agents, to report when personal property has been abandoned or unclaimed after a period of time specified by state…

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…

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…

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…

Executing an Order

When you place an order to buy or sell stock, you might not think about where or how your broker will execute the trade.  But where and how your order is executed can impact the overall cost of the…

Executive Compensation

The federal securities laws require clear, concise and understandable disclosure about compensation paid to CEOs, CFOs and certain other high-ranking executive officers of public companies. Several…

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.