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Alpha - The amount of return expected from an investment from its inherent value.

Annualized rate of return - The average annual return over a period of years, taking into account the effect of compounding. Annualized rate of return also can be called compound growth rate.

Appreciation - The increase in value of a financial asset.

Asset allocation - The process of dividing investments among cash, income and growth buckets to optimize the balance between risk and reward based on investment needs.

Asset class - Securities with similar features. The most common asset classes are stocks, bonds and cash equivalents.

Association for Savings and Investment SA (ASISA) - ASISA represents the majority of South Africa’s asset managers, collective investment scheme management companies, linked investment service providers, multi-managers, and life insurance companies and their investors.  The primary aim of the Association is to facilitate the development and growth of the industry, through its dealings with the authorities and regular communication with the media and investing public. Working on behalf of its members, the Association acts as the custodian of codes of practice and standards throughout the industry, and is the forum for identifying and fulfilling common goals.

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