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Terms starting with 'K'
K
A NASDAQ stock symbol specifying that the stock has no voting rights.

Kangaroos
Slang term for Australian stocks, it refers mostly to the stocks on the All Ordinaries index, which is composed of 280 of the most active Australian companies.

Kappa
Used in regression analysis, Kappa represents the ratio of the dollar price change in the price of an option to a 1% change in the expected price volatility.

Keepwell Agreement
A contract between a parent company and its subsidiary to maintain solvency and financial backing throughout the term set in the agreement.

Keiretsu
A Japanese term describing a loose conglomeration of firms sharing one or more common denominators. The companies don't necessarily need to own equity in each other.

Keltner Channel
A volatility based 'envelope' indicator that measures the movement of stocks in relation to an upper and lower moving-average band.

Keogh Plan
A defined-benefit plan or defined-contribution plan established by a self-employed individual for him/herself and his/her employees.

KES
In currencies, this is the abbreviation for the Kenyan Shilling.

Key Person Insurance
A type of life insurance policy that a company purchases on the life of the company's key executive.

Key Rate Duration
Holding all other maturities constant, this measures the sensitivity of a security or value of a portfolio to a 1% change in yield for a given maturity.
Illustration for Key Rate Duration

Keynesian Economics
An economic theory stating that active government intervention in the marketplace and monetary policy is the best method of ensuring economic growth and stability.


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KHR
In currencies, this is the abbreviation for the Cambodian Riel.

Kickback
A slang term used to describe the payment of something of value to another individual with the goal of persuading or influencing their decision or performance in certain situations.

Kicker
A right, warrant, or some other feature added to a debt instrument to make it more desirable to potential investors.

Kicking the Tires
Slang for doing the grassroots research of a prospective investment.

Kiddie Tax
A tax on children under 14 who earn income over $1,200. The extra income is taxed at the guardian's rate.

Kill
To cancel a trade or order that has been placed, but not filled.

Killer Application
Killer application or "killer app" is a buzzword that describes a software application that surpasses all of its competitors.

Killer Bees
Investment bankers who help companies go about soliciting a hostile takeover.

Kiting
1. The act of misrepresenting the value of a financial instrument for the purpose of extending credit obligations or increasing financial leverage.

2. A fraudulent act involving the alteration or issuance of a check or draft with insufficient funds.

KMF
In currencies, this is the abbreviation for the Comoros Franc.


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Knock-In Option
A latent option contract that begins to function as a normal option ("knocks in") only once a certain price level is reached before expiration.

Knock-Out Option
An option with a built in mechanism to expire worthless should a specified price level be exceeded.

Kondratiev Wave
An economic theory created by Soviet economist Nikolai Kondratiev that states that Western capitalist economies are susceptible to high performance volatility.

KPW
In currencies, this is the abbreviation for the North Korean Won.

KRW
In currencies, this is the abbreviation for the Korean Won.

Kurtosis
A statistical measure used to describe the distribution of observed data around the mean.

KWD
In currencies, this is the abbreviation for the Kuwaiti Dinar.

KYD
In currencies, this is the abbreviation for the Cayman Islands Dollar.

KZT
In currencies, this is the abbreviation for the Kazakhstan Tenge.





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