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Securities that involve a high level of risk.


An investment with an exceptionally high risk. Speculators may invest in a start-up company or in a volatile commodity. These risks carry the possibility of very high returns. Speculators often trade actively and many have hedging strategies to reduce their risks. See also: Hedge fund.


Of or relating to an asset or a group of assets with uncertain returns. The greater the degree of uncertainty the more speculative the asset.
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Is there a difference in the speculative returns by industry?
The inborn instability of capitalism has been part of the history of the system for several hundred years, including recurrent speculative episodes.
Indiana did, however, share in one of the consequences - a dramatic lender pullout from further speculative office and industrial construction financing.
We generally advise investors to stay away from speculative stocks.
The 7.1-acre site at the intersection of Devon Avenue and Tonne Road, CA's first Chicago-area industrial project since launching Chicago-based CA Industrial, a new division that is pursuing speculative development and acquisition opportunities throughout the U.S.
Prices plunged on Tuesday, with dealers pointing to speculative selling in thin trade, coupled with a weak pound and worries about plentiful supplies this season.
In the just concluded Ake Festival held in Radisson Blu Hotel, Ikeja GRA, Lagos, with the interesting theme 'Fantastical Futures', five African writers-including Wole Talabi and Tochi Onyebuchi-bagged the four categories of the Nommo Awards organised by African Speculative Fiction Society (ASFA).
In this collection, readers will find a wealth of speculative fiction from Israel that has sprung from a still-young genre scene in a nation that just turned seventy.
This time around, however, the Midlands' out-of-town commercial property market is experiencing a slightly different dynamic, whereby rising build costs has meant virtually no speculative development, resulting in record low vacancy rates and increasingly attractive rents and yields for investors.
"The potential for ratings to transition between investment grade and speculative grade during 2018 is significant." Ten of the Investment Grade issuers exhibit Negative Outlooks or Rating Watches, while two of the Speculative Grade issuers have Positive Outlooks.
A quick Google search reveals descriptions of Bitcoin ranging from "scam," "speculative bubble," "investment mania," and "money laundering scheme," to "the currency of the future."