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Speculation

An investment with an exceptionally high risk. Speculators may invest in a start-up company or in a volatile commodity. These risks carry the possibility of very high returns. Speculators often trade actively and many have hedging strategies to reduce their risks. See also: Hedge fund.

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Speculative; built without a purchaser or a tenant, but in anticipation of securing one when the project is completed.

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This CPU provides 30 mips (million instructions per second) and 26 Specmarks.
Using a new benchmark of general applications codes, the 720 was said to run at 55 specmarks - twice as fast as the Sun Sparcstation 2.
While he indicated that specmarks are a better benchmark, there are still differences in the consistency of software across different platforms with similar scores.