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Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF)

A Sovereign Wealth Fund is one that is established by governments to invest their financial reserves. Besides targeting profitable returns, a SWF may also sometimes invest in companies which are deemed as strategic to a government. Such funds are not open to the general public for investment.

Spread (Currency)

The difference between the bid and ask (or buy and sell price) of a pair of currencies. The bigger the spread, the greater the loss when one converts between currencies.


Derived from the word “prime”, it refers to less-than-favoured customers. Sub-prime loans are loans to borrowers who are at a higher risk of default.

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