American Stock Exchange
American Stock ExchangeA stock exchange located in Manhattan where stocks of small to medium sized companies are traded.
American Depository Share (ADS)American Depository Share (ADS)
Foreign stock issued in the US and registered in the ADR system.
American Land Title Association (ALTA)American Land Title Association (ALTA)
A national association of title insurance companies, abstractors, and agents. The association adopts standard title policy forms.
American depositary receiptAmerican depositary receipt
American depositary receipts are a convenient way for Americans to own shares in foreign companies. Rather than buying European or Asian shares direct, they buy ADRs.ADRs are receipts for the shares of a foreign company. The share certificates themselves are held by an American bank which issues the ADRs, then collects dividends and distributes them to ADR-holders after converting them into dollars. The holders of ADRs normally have all the rights of normal shareholders, including voting rights. The ADRs are tradable instruments in their own right.One of the ironies of ADRs is that, though intended for American investors, they can also be bought by non-Americans. In some cases it can be cheaper (in terms of costs) for someone in London to buy ADRs in a UK company than to buy the shares on the London markets.Most foreign companies that want to list in the US use ADRs.
American ExpressAmerican Express
An international company whose services include travel and financial products and which is probably most well known for the American Express charge card which enables the holder to obtain goods and services without the need to pay cash. Invoices of transactions are tendered monthly which must be settled in full.
American Association of Individual InvestorsAmerican Association of Individual Investors
An association based in Chicago whose purpose is to provide information and education regarding stocks, mutual funds and bonds etc to individual investors.
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Central American Common Market
American Stock Exchange (AMEX)
Buy American Act
American Association of Individual Investors (AAII)
Latin American Free Trade Association
American Depository Receipt Fees
American Depository Receipt Ratio
North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)