The beginning of the semester is an exciting time; new classes, novel ideas and newfangled vocabulary. Using a general dictionary or search engine to find out what unfamiliar terms mean can be time consuming and frustrating because they don’t included specialized jargon, you have to sift through too many results, or the results may not be reliable enough.
Avoid these annoyances and use a app (formerly called a dictionary) just for business topics compiled by trustworthy sources. The two that I use most frequently are Investopedia and Campbell R. Harvey’s Hypertextual Finance Glossary. Investopedia is one of the start-ups of the 1999’s that survived the bubble. It was founded by two graduate business students that saw the need for expert information. The dictionary they curated with entries contributed by journalists and practioners and traffic it generated was so robust that in 2007 it was acquired by Forbes and in 2010 sold to ValueClick for about 42 million. The Harvey’s Financial Glossary has a very different pedigree but was also founded in 1999. It is the creation of Duke University finance professor Campbell R. Harvey as a teaching aid for his students.
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