The point at which management and other investors enjoy a return on their investment, by selling the business either on the stock market, to a competitor, or to another institution such as a VCT. A Managed exit will be initiated according to a careful strategic plan which is often compiled with professional advice.
Accounts which are prepared for use when managing the business.
The value of a company measured by the total stock market price of its shares, calculated by multiplying the number of shares by the current market price of a share.
Micropal Star Ratings
Micropal is an independent Mutual Fund analyst which monitors all the UK's unit trust and OEICs and awards stars on a scale of 0-5, with the highest scores being awarded to the best performing funds.
Influencing an economy through control of the money supply.
Money Purchase Scheme
Also known as Defined Contribution Scheme. A scheme where the amount of a member's retirement benefits depends on the contributions paid into the scheme in respect of the member. The rate of the contributions is decided by the employer.
The multi-tied adviser will offer a choice of products from a limited range of companies they have selected. These advisers must also disclose their association with the providers they work with.
A company which has no shareholders but is owned instead by its with-profits policyholders.
An open-ended fund operated by an investment company which raises money from shareholders and invests in a group of assets in accordance with a stated set of objectives. Shares are issued and redeemed on demand.
Index of the leading technology stocks in the USA.
Payments made out of earnings by employees, employers and the self-employed to the Government that entitle you to a state pension and other benefits.
National Insurance Rebate
The amount by which a persons National Insurance Contributions can be redirected into an Appropriate Personal Pension if contracted out of the State Second Pension (S2P).
This is when the market value of your house is less than the amount outstanding on your mortgage.
The return on an investment after tax has been deducted.
Occupational Pension Scheme
A legal contract set up by an employer to provide pensions and/or other benefits for one or more employees on retirement, death or leaving pensionable service.
OEIC (Open Ended Investment Company)
Managed funds which hold a portfolio of investments which you can buy into. They issue shares instead of units and normally quote a single price.
The price at which you buy units from a unit trust manager.
Funds based outside the UK.
OMO - (Open Market Option)
Your right at retirement to buy an annuity from a provider other than the one who has administered your pension fund.
OPAS - The Occupational Pensions Advisory Service.
This organisation is now called TPAS, which stands for The Pensions Advisory Service, a voluntary organisation which advises on problems with any type of pension scheme other than state schemes.
OPRA - The Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority.
In April 2005 OPRA were taken over by The Pensions Regulator. A body with wide ranging powers to regulate work based pension schemes in the UK.
In investment terms, a contract giving the right to buy or sell commodities, currencies or shares at a fixed date in the future at a fixed price.