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All of the varieties within a given type of security. For example, subclasses of a stock include mid-cap, small cap, high cap, growth and value stocks, among others. While all securities are most similar to others of the same type, discussing subclasses is useful to describe the differences in expense, risk, expected rate of return, and other factors within a certain type.
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Each asset class -- stock, bonds, and cash equivalents, for example -- is made up of a number of different groups of investments called subclasses.

Each member of a subclass shares distinctive qualities with other members of the subclass.

For example, some of the subclasses of the asset class bonds are US Treasury bonds, mortgage-backed agency bonds, corporate bonds, and high-yield bonds.

Similarly, some of the subclasses of stock are large-, medium-, and small-company stock, blue chip stock, growth stock, value stock, and income stock.

Because different subclasses of an asset class perform differently, carry different risks, and may go up and down in value at different times, you may be able to increase your return and offset certain risks by diversifying your portfolio, which means holding individual securities within a variety of subclasses within each asset class.

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Four additional sub-classes (of problems 1, 3 and 4) as well as extra details and general suggestions are also summarized in Table 12.
The general form of the system ontology (See Figure 3) includes Problem class (this can further be divided into sub-classes as per the type of problems), ProblemSchema class, Question class, Answer class, Bug Class, Feedback Class and User class.
And the sub-class of this DCDC converter circuits is shown in the Fig.12a, b (two converter circuits a and b).
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On the other hand, in a previous study (de Seve, Bouchard and Hamel 1995b), we have examined the historical homogeneity of the classes distinguished in terms of social mobility and its results suggested that the EGP classes are indeed homogeneous with two exceptions: in sub-class IVab, it would have been useful to distinguish the "traditional" craftsmen ("artisans") from the other small owners, and category V-VI hides a certain amount of mobility by regrouping the foremen and the skilled manual workers.
If TIP dominance of [g.sub.y] over [g.sub.x] obtains, and is found to be strong, then not only is poverty less in x than in y according to the class P, but there may be room to re-scale upwards the incomes in y, the poorer distribution, whilst preserving the poverty ranking between x and y for the sub-class Q, or equivalently to lower the poverty line for distribution y alone, all the while preserving the poverty ordering for the sub-class Q.
In short, their invention first helps specify the subject at the Sub-market and Office sub-class level, leading to the property-specific Rentable SF as well as the aforesaid nine property characteristics, thereby producing a highly accurate value at the property level.
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In order to avoid the unwanted recognition results, each facial image of set A is manually partitioned into three horizontal strips of fixed size known as sub-classes. These sub-classes corresponds to local facial features eyes, mouth and nose regions viz one sub-class(horizontal strip) containing eyes, second sub-class for the nose and third sub-class for the mouth; given by:
Only the most energetic supernovae go hand-in-hand with gamma-ray bursts, but for this sub-class it may be possible to identify X-ray emission signatures of the supernova in its infancy.
An investor can mitigate this risk by investing in a sub-class of net-leases, single-tenant net-leased property.
If anything good comes out of this shocking groundswell of sub-class hate, it must be tougher rules on Facebook.