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Any investments with a maturity of one year or less.


Referring to any investment, financial plan, or anything else lasting for one year or less. Short term investments and financial plans usually involve less uncertainty than long-term investments and financial plans because, generally speaking, market trends are more easily predictable for one year than for any longer period. Likewise, short-term financial plans are more easily amendable as a result of the short time frame. Short-term financial plans usually involve investing in short-term securities, such as T bills or commercial paper See also: Long Term.


1. Of or relating to a gain or loss on the value of an asset that has been held less than a specified period of time. For individual tax purposes, an asset held for a year or less is classified as short-term. Compare long-term. See also holding period.
2. Of or relating to a debt security in which a short period of time remains until the face value is paid to the investor. Exactly what constitutes short-term is subjective, although five years and under may be considered the norm.
3. Of or relating to business assets that are expected to be converted to cash within one year and to business liabilities that are due within one year.
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In 2012, female individual short-term policy holders paid an average of $71 per month for coverage, while male short-term policy holders paid an average of $66 per month.
According to the 2004 Greenwich Associates research, it appears that most of the companies surveyed have a low risk/low return policy and expectation in managing their short-term investments.
The study also showed that fully three-fourths of all short-term cash and marketable securities allocations were to AAA-rated credits, while 10 to 15 percent were invested in AA-rated credits.
National City's Stine agrees that high quality still dominates, adding that very few managers are willing to materially increase the risk or decrease the liquidity of their short-term investments.
In terms of providers, the Greenwich study revealed that 83 percent of companies surveyed indicated that they use their cash management providers for short-term investments, and that on average, respondents used more than one provider.
There is another good reason for Germany to create a highly liquid market in short-term debt: It saves taxpayers' money.
But it would be accelerated in no small degree by the creation of a broad, liquid market in European short-term government debt.
Short-term objectives may also serve needs that indirectly relate to the subject case.
This assessment includes aspects both internal and external to the case, delineation of roles and functions of each member of the defense team, cost and fee projections, short-term objectives, progress milestones, and evaluation of resources.
In both cases, the market was looking for more than just short-term (or in these examples, even medium-term) EPS growth.
Executives who avoid the short-term trap start with a well-grounded view of what really drives long-term value growth--increasing the company's short- and long-term performance potential.
For example, instead of setting performance goals in line with short-term EPS targets, managers should set goals based on a longer-range value growth ambition, such as doubling the value of the company within four or five years.