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Any investments with a maturity of one year or less.


Referring to any investment, financial plan, or anything else lasting for one year or less. Short term investments and financial plans usually involve less uncertainty than long-term investments and financial plans because, generally speaking, market trends are more easily predictable for one year than for any longer period. Likewise, short-term financial plans are more easily amendable as a result of the short time frame. Short-term financial plans usually involve investing in short-term securities, such as T bills or commercial paper See also: Long Term.


1. Of or relating to a gain or loss on the value of an asset that has been held less than a specified period of time. For individual tax purposes, an asset held for a year or less is classified as short-term. Compare long-term. See also holding period.
2. Of or relating to a debt security in which a short period of time remains until the face value is paid to the investor. Exactly what constitutes short-term is subjective, although five years and under may be considered the norm.
3. Of or relating to business assets that are expected to be converted to cash within one year and to business liabilities that are due within one year.
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In addition some military personnel reported a lack of alternative options or lack of knowledge about alternative sources of short term loans indicating that the military may need to do a better job of educating enlisted personnel about short term credit options.
The survey results indicated that, although the surveyed executives were largely unaware of this product, they were quite receptive to an easily accessible short term medical insurance product.
Golden Rule Insurance Company, a UnitedHealthcare company and leader in the individual insurance market for 60 years, today introduced its newest generation Short Term Medical plan to fill in gaps in coverage for individuals and families in times of transition and change.
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Fitch Ratings has affirmed the long and short term debt ratings of Citigroup at 'AA+/F1+' and its subsidiaries and maintains the Rating Outlook at Stable.
Based on a 1 to 6 numerical scale, Relative Performance Rankings indicate how individual stocks are likely to perform relative to the general market over the short term, defined as the next several days.