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A situation in which prices for securities, especially stocks, rise far above their actual value. This trend continues until investors realize just how far prices have risen, usually, but not always, resulting in a sharp decline. Bubbles usually occur when investors, for any number of reasons, believe that demand for the stocks will continue to rise or that the stocks will become profitable in short order. Both of these scenarios result in increased prices.

A famous example of a bubble is the dot-com bubble of the 1990s. Dot-com companies were hugely popular investments at the time, with IPOs of hundreds of dollars per share, even if a company had never produced a profit, and, in some cases, had never earned any revenue. This came from the theory that Internet companies needed to expand their customer bases as much as possible and thus corner the largest possible market share, even if this meant massive losses. NASDAQ, on which many dot-coms traded, rose to record highs. This continued until 2000, when the bubble burst and NASDAQ quickly lost more than half of its value.
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A price level that is much higher than warranted by the fundamentals. Bubbles occur when prices continue to rise simply because enough investors believe investments bought at the current price can subsequently be sold at even higher prices. They can occur in virtually any commodity including stocks, real estate, and even tulips.
Wall Street Words: An A to Z Guide to Investment Terms for Today's Investor by David L. Scott. Copyright © 2003 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved. All rights reserved.


A period of rapid expansion and price increases, followed by a market slowdown and contraction.Many analysts claim a real estate bubble exists in some cities characterized by a price growth of more than 30 percent per year.Other analysts disagree.(For housing cost information in various states and cities, see the Office of Federal Housing Oversight Web site at www.ofheo.gov, and click on House Price Index.)

The Complete Real Estate Encyclopedia by Denise L. Evans, JD & O. William Evans, JD. Copyright © 2007 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Many of the cartoons in volume one, Homefront: 1940-1943, have no captions, but use speech balloons instead.
To add some comic touches, tiny cartoon figures, often with speech balloons, are added and the young narrator's own comments also are included in the margins.
Bush in a Box is a cardboard cutout of President 43 with a set of adhesive speech balloons featuring the usual Bushisms: "Is our children learning?" "They misunderestimated me"--standard-issue Bush-bashing schlock, on sale at Wal-Mart, made in Malaysia.
Speech balloons are used to give a flavour of what's gong on but their actual dialogue sounds like robot claptrap, which is exactly what it is.
The end // of the seeming dream was simply / a walk down from the house through the field." The late Joe Brainard and Creeley produced Class o f '47, an ironic class yearbook for which Brainard drew cartoons and Creeley wrote speech balloons. Apparently, he largely based these on alumni reports from Harvard, his alma mater.
Painting's power to build and revise narratives is underscored by such works as The Estate of Rochelle F., 2009, from her series "The Estate of Rochelle F.," 2009-2010, in which the title is messily adhered to sections of black and white canvas tacked onto a stretcher frame, suggesting a kind of tautological "pre-posthumous" oeuvre; or Love Vibe, 1999-2014, in which the words love your work are written in mirror image in speech balloons stretched across a group of paintings, as an empty signifier of approval given to an artist or a sly mimic of a self-help mantra.
The story is retold in 35 frames with text in Spanish under each panel instead of having the narrative flow in boxes above and dialogue text in speech balloons as we do today.
Brilliant graphic images of masked luchadores alternate with bilingual large speech balloons, as the reader is completely drawn into the bedcover world of Lucha Libre, home base of the Great and Mighty Nikko.
Although the book is mostly wordless, the aliens and the insects have plenty to say in their respective languages, filling speech balloons with sound-symbols.
Ignoring the speech balloons, where would you say these men are?
For eight quid I'm guessing you don't get quite enough 'pre-printed background artwork, characters, speech balloons, titles and more' for a whole class but I might get enough inspiration at the photocopier to have some fun with comic strips.