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Entries starting with Z

Z-scoreStatisticsA statistical method of rescaling and standardising data to enable easier comparison. A Z-score measures the number of standard...
zaibatsuIn Japan in former times, a group of related companies often owned by members of the same family, with a bank at its centre in which the...
zaitechIn Japan, when a company buys valuable paintings, objects etc in order to hide the profits it has made.
ZBBAbbreviation for zero-based budgeting.
zero carbonSome companies aim to achieve zero-carbon status. Most carbon emissions come from energy use so by sourcing all of their energy from...
zero coupon bondA type of bond that pays no interest but is issued at a substantial discount to face value. The yield is the capital gain realised by...
zero defectsWhen a product or system has no faults at all, especially when this is the aim of the company making the product or using the system.
zero downtick
zero interest rate policy zirpA zero interest rate policy or zirp is a route taken by a central bank to keep the base rate at zero per cent in an attempt to stimulate...
zero uptick
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