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To maintain ownership of a security over a long period of time. "Hold" is also a recommendation of an analyst who is not positive enough on a stock to recommend a buy, but not negative enough on the stock to recommend a sell.


1. To not sell. That is, to continue to own a security. See also: Buy-and-hold strategy.

2. A recommendation by an analyst to neither buy nor sell a security. An analyst makes a hold recommendation when technical and/or fundamental indicators show middling performance by a security. It is also called a neutral or market perform recommendation.


A securities analyst's recommendation to hold appears to take a middle ground between encouraging investors to buy and suggesting that they sell.

However, in an environment where an analyst makes very few sell recommendations, you may interpret that person's hold as an indication that it is time to sell.

Hold is also half of the investment strategy known as buy-and-hold. In this context, it means to keep a security in your portfolio over an extended period, perhaps ten years or more.

The logic is that if you purchase an investment with long-term potential and keep it through short-term ups and downs in the marketplace, you increase the potential for building portfolio value.

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We know the heart of the man, Abraham, because we can so clearly relate to him and his story of putting on the line all that we love and hold dear.
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So many words affecting our lives every day Of every description with so much to say Words we hold dear, like the first day of spring Words we enjoy when we start to sing Words that we write, and words that we share Words that we read, and keep over the years Words that we speak, and words that we send Words that we learn, that we rhyme, or resent Fun-loving words like "I love you the most" Words sealed up tight awaiting the post Words that we choose, with their own special verse And words straight from the heart crying out to be heard.
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A happy Easter from me with the ones you hold dear.