Glossary of Finance Terms

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Using transactions to lower risk.
Holder-of-Record Date
If the company lists the stockholder as owner on this date, then the stockholder receives the dividend.
Holding Company
A corporation that own sufficient common stock of another firm to achieve working control over it.
Horizontal Merger
A combination of two firms that produce the same type of good or service.
Hostile Merger
A merger in which the target firm's management resists acquisition.
Hostile Takeover
The acquisition of a company over opposition of its management.
Hurdle Rate
The discount rate (cost of capital ) which the IRR must exceed if a project is to be accepted.

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