Accounting Terms
CPA:
A Certified Public Accountant or CPA, is a member of an officially accredited professional body of accountants.
EPS:
Earnings per share, or EPS, is a company’s profit divided by its number of common outstanding shares.
Fraud:
Wrongful or criminal deception intended to result in financial or personal gain.
GAAP:
Generally accepted accounting principles or GAAP for short, is a framework of accounting standards, rules and procedures defined by the professional accounting industry, which has been adopted by nearly all publicly traded U.S. companies.
Goodwill:

The cost of an acquired company in excess of the fair value of net assets, including identifiable intangible assets, at the time of the acquisition date.
SOX:
The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 or SOX for short, is a United States federal law that mandate most U.S. companies to enhance their systems of internal control in order to protect investors from fraudulent accounting activities.
Financial Industry Abbreviations/Acronyms
ADR:
American Depositary Receipt
CAE:
Chief Audit Executive
CCO:
Chief Compliance Officer
CEF:
Closed End Fund
CEO:
Chief Executive Officer
CFA:
Chartered Financial Analyst
CFO:
Chief Financial Officer
CHRO:
Chief Human Resources Officer
CIA:
Certified Internal Auditor
CIO:
Chief Information Officer or Chief Investment Officer
CISO:
Chief Information Security Officer
COO:
Chief Operating Officer
CPA:
Certified Public Accountant
CRO:
Chief Risk Officer
CSO:
Chief Security Officer
CTO:
Chief Technology Officer
CUSIP:
Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures
DSS:
Decision Support Systems
EGC:
Emerging Growth Company
FA:
Financial Advisor
FX:
Foreign eXchange
FINRA:
Financial INdustry Regulatory Authority
IMF:
International Monetary Fund
IPO:
Initial Public Offering
MIS:
Management Information Systems
NAV:
Net Asset Value
PE:
Price/Earnings (ratio) or Private Equity
PT:
Price Target
PPI:
Producer Price Index
QE:
Quantitative Easing
SEC:
Securities and Exchange Commission
SOX:
Sarbanes-OXley Act of 2002
TSR:
Total Shareholder Return
List of Securities Licenses
Series 3:
The National Commodities Future Exam AKA the Series 3 Examination, is a National Futures Association (NFA) exam administered by FINRA. The National Futures Association (NFA) requires an individual to successfully complete the Series 3 in order to become qualified to sell commodities, futures contracts, and options on commodities futures contracts. The Series 3 exam is a prerequisite to the NFA Futures Branch Manager Exam (Series 30).