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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Underlying security

For options it is the security subject to being purchased or sold upon exercise of an option contract. For example, Deutsche Bank stock is the underlying security to Deutsche Bank options.

For depository receipts it is the class, series and number of the foreign shares represented by the depository receipt.

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