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Technical Analysis (TA)

An investment method for stcoks and currencies which attempts to predict future performance though the analysis of short-term historical price and volume trends.

Term Loan

A loan which is repaid via regular periodic repayments. For example, a term loan may be structured such that 10% per annum simple interest is charged on a principle of $10,000 over five years. The monthly repayment installment is thus $250 ($10,000 principle plus $5,000 in interest, divided by 60 months).

Trailer Fee

A trailer fee is the annual service fee that the manager of a unit trust pays to the person who sold the fund (or acted as the adviser) to the investor. The trailer fee is invisible to the investor, as it is part of a unit trust's management fee (and hence ultimately paid out of the assets of the unit trust).

Trailing Twelth Months (TTM)

TTM is used by stock analysts to measure a company's financial ratios (in particular those related to earnings and revenue) in the preceding twelve months . This enables a direct full-year comparison between companies whose financial years are out-of-phase with each other. See also entry on MRQ (Most Recent Quarter).

Treasury Bills or T-Bills

Treasury bills are similar to bonds, except they are issued by governments to support public expenditure.


(1) Refers to either a legal arrangement in which assets are managed by a trustor on behalf of a trustee (beneficiary). Often used for estate planning purposes or to defer the distribution of assets willed to young beneficiaries until they come of age. (2) Refers to a financial entity which is authorized to invest the funds pooled together by individuals, usually in fixed-income generating assets

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