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Asset Management Key Concepts

Key Concepts

Key Concepts provide you with definitions of buzzwords appearing in the media to ensure that you are up to speed with the current finance conversation. Produced in snapshot, glossary form, Key Concepts direct you to additional material to increase your knowledge and satisfy your interest.

  • Asset Management
    Asset management entails the handling of resources in such a way as to achieve the optimum benefit from holding them. In the financial context, asset management—or investment management—is the business of investing clients’ resources with a view to delivering on their particular return objectives. Different investors have widely varying aims in terms of the return they are seeking, based of variables such as the level of risk they are prepared...
  • Investment
    An investment is something which can be held with the expectation of some kind of future return. Investments can include financial products such as funds or individual stocks but could also refer to some kind of physical asset, such as a machine to speed a manufacturing activity, which could be put to work to generate value. Physical investments, such as gold bars, a classic car, or an artwork, could also, much like a stock, be held purely in...
  • Pension Fund Management
    Pension fund management requires the investment of assets to achieve the long-term provision of funding for retirement. The management of pension funds can be differentiated from mainstream asset management in that pension fund management typically adopts a much more conservative approach to risk to meet the needs of all pension stakeholders. These stakeholders include all existing and future recipients of income from the pension plan as well as...
  • Shareholder
    The global economic crisis has sparked a debate over corporate governance and the regulatory environment in general with shareholders demanding more say in the running of the companies. In the United States, the government has introduced legislation that gives shareholders the right to vote (“say on pay”) on executive compensation for public companies receiving money from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). Bills have also been introduced...
  • Valuation
    A valuation is a representation of what an investment or asset is worth at any particular time. For many readily tradable products with high levels of liquidity, such as a stock or investment fund, the valuation could be thought of as the market price as quoted on a stock exchange, though for less liquid assets, such as property, the valuation can be more subjective. Typically valuations of illiquid assets or investments can be partly objective...

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