MoneyU Glossary of Terms


MoneyU Glossary of Terms


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Defined-contribution plan

The employer makes predefined contributions for the employee, but the final amount of benefit received by the employee depends on the investment's performance.

Deflation

A downward trend in prices; the opposite of inflation.

Delinquency

When loan payments are not paid according to the terms of the agreement/promissory note. Late fees are often assessed on delinquent accounts, and delinquency results in default.

Delinquency Assessment/Late Fee

A fee that is charged for a late payment.

Demand

The quantities of a particular good or service that consumers are willing and able to buy at differ­ent possible prices at a particular time.

Deposit Account

An account at a bank or credit union that may pay interest and is usually insured against loss

Disability Insurance

Replaces a portion of income lost when a person cannot work because of illness or injury.

Disclosure Statement

A disclosure statement details the actual cost of a loan, including all estimated interest costs and loan fees. For credit card accounts, this information may be found in the Cardmember Agreement.

Discounting

The process of computing how much you need to set aside today to reach a future amount, based on interest-rate assumptions.

Discretionary Spending

Spending that isnÔÇÖt necessary. This refers to things like magazines, going to the movies, grabbing some fast food for dinner, internet access, gifts for people, clothing, etc.

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