Iceberg principle

The idea that in any situation only a small part of the problem initially will be visible.

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Systematic risk principle
Only the systematic portion of risk matters in large, well-diversified portfolios. The expected returns must be related only to systematic risks.

Stand-alone principle
Investment principle that states a firm should accept or reject a project by comparing it with securities in the same risk class.

Dilbert Principle
A modern update of the Peter Principle in which ineffective workers are promoted to management.

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Venture capital

An investment in a start-up business that is perceived to have excellent growth prospects but does not have access to capital markets. Type of financing sought by early-stage companies seeking to grow rapidly.

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