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Entries starting with A

A H1N1A H1N1 is a subtype of flu virus and is the official name given by the World Health Organisation to the 2009 pandemic. There are many...
A, B, C shareA, B, and C shares are different classes of a company's shares. Each class has different characteristics, for example on rights to vote at...
A-shareA-shares are shares of Chinese companies listed on either the Shanghai or Shenzhen stock exchanges. They are denominated in renminbi and...
A-share/B-share marketsMainland China's two stock exchanges, in Shanghai and Shenzhen, both have A- and B-share markets. The key distinction is that A-shares are...
a/cA/C is a common written abbreviation for account but is frequently also used to refer to air-conditioning.
A1In the Lloyds Register of shipping, an A1 ship is of the highest quality or in excellent condition. The classification is derived from the...
AAAdvertising Association - a professional association of British organizations representing companies and people involved in advertising. 
AAAAbbreviation for American Accounting Association.
AAA ratingA credit rating that can be given to a share, bond, or bank by US credit rating agencies such as Standard and Poor's or Moody's, indicating...
abandonmentWhen an owner gives up all rights to an asset. This term can be used to describe the voluntary non-renewal of a patent or trademark, or the...
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