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By the 1930s, platinum blonde hair was in vogue, and actresses Marian Davies and Jean Harlow personified the look of the early 1930s; oddly, hemlines went down again after the Stock Market Crash of 1929, helping to create the skirt length theory of economics.

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A phishing attack succeeds when a user is tricked into forming an inaccurate mental model of an online interaction and thus takes actions that have effects contrary to the user's intentions.

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'The Mail on Sunday' called Andy Gilchrist, the fire union leader, a 'fat cat' for his 82,000 salary, but its editor-in-chief, Paul Dacre, receives a basic yearly salary of 690,000 — so who's fat?

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The Companies Act defines 'sweat equity shares' as equity shares issued by the company to employees or directors at a discount or for consideration other than cash for providing know-how or making available rights in the nature of intellectual property rights or value additions.

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A European-type payer swaption gives the owner the right to enter a swap at a predetermined fixed rate, where s/he pays the fixed leg of the contract and receives the floating leg, i.e. the Libor rate, at the expiration (maturity) of the option.

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Dell bucked the upward trend in hardware manufacturers by closing lower; like Apple and Gateway, the company saw coverage initiated by Needham & Co. though the Austin, Tx. based company was rated a 'Hold', which is a somewhat negative rating.

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Stock prices used to have a fractional component, which was generally quoted in sixteenths of a dollar (called a teenie by stock market insiders), but there are no major stock markets that trade in sixteenths nowadays — The NYSE converted to the decimal system on January 29, 2001.

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The report filed with the SEC added details of the 'corporate kleptocracy' Black and Radler created at Hollinger: it said they treated the company as a 'piggybank' and fashion accessory, with Black using the prestige of the newspapers to gain access to the wealthy, powerful and royal.

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Scalping is based on an assumption that most stocks will complete the first stage of a movement; some of the stocks will cease to advance and others will continue, and the dealer intends to take as many small profits as possible, not allowing them to evaporate.

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It was agreed that in response to the clamor of the outside public, Daniel Drew was to be officially ousted, and a dummy director put in his place, while he remained in actual charge of their mutual affairs; this was done at the stockholders' meeting of October 18, 1867.

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