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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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In addition, the relationship between LDL subclasses and AIS subtypes are not yet fully elucidated and data in this respect is limited.
Gwet [AC.sub.1] agreement estimates for individual descriptors and postscoring groupings into classes and subclasses of descriptors are illustrated in Figure 4, b.
The LC-MS/MS IgG subclasses performance was assessed by determination of the analytic performance of each of the individual subclasses.
Most of the auto-abs are class G Ig (IgG), which includes 4 subclasses (IgG1-4).
We note that by specializing the parameters [lambda] and suitably fixing the values for k in Definition 1, we introduce (had not been studied so far) the following new subclasses of [SIGMA] as listed below.
Gochhayat, Certain subclasses of analytic and bi-univalent functions, Appl.
Total anti HBs IgG and related subclasses were analyzed by ELISA and all indicated the potency of HBsAg-containing archaeosomes to induce significant IgG responses against HBsAg in comparison to other groups immunized with HBsAg and HBsAg+C/IFA (p< 0.05).
R-LDL subclasses are directly measured as LDL1, LDL2, LDL3, and LDL4.
Earlier Brannan and Taha (cf [4], also see [16]) introduced two interesting subclasses of the function class [sigma], in analogy to the subclasses of strongly starlike functions of order [beta] and starlike functions of order p of the class S.
[2] essentially revived the investigation of various subclasses of the bi-univalent function class [SIGMA] in recent years; it was followed by such works as those by Murugusundaramoorthy et al.