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A group of securities, assets or anything else with similar characteristics. One may consider, for example, a universe of stocks in the same industry. Universes are useful when comparing one data point to others in order to maintain control over systematic factors.
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In the world of investments, the word universe refers to a specific group or category of investments that share certain characteristics.

A universe might be the stocks that are included in a particular index, the stocks evaluated by a particular analytical service, or all the stocks in a particular industry.

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Secondly, we focus on the third stage of Mackie's (1981) universality thesis.
It will also require the Sri Lankan Parliament to include in such legislation, provisions that are consistent with the International Convention for suppressing of the financing of terrorism, so that a comprehensive set of laws will be in force under the universality principle or universal jurisdiction.
Kirchhoff believed he had achieved universality. Both he, and later, Planck, viewed the piece of graphite as a "catalyst" which acted only to increase the speed at which equilibrium was achieved [5].
Gadamer's philosophical hermeneutics has been variously evaluated depending upon what one thinks about Gadamer's universality claim.
The strength of many books is also their weakness--and so it is with Debra Walker King's eclectic collection of essays, assembled in order "to demonstrate how the boundaries of difference and the limits of universality converge upon women's bodies." The "ultimate goal" of the collection, King states, "is to suggest, through [the book's] structure and dialogues, the need for women's cross-cultural and cross-racial alliance building." Regrettably, the structure King has chosen for this collection--primarily that of juxtaposition, with an introduction and afterword serving as bookends--does not work particularly well to further the dialogue among the essayists.
Some of the fifty Sanskrit terms can be roughly translated as "fear", "anger", "greed", "hypocrisy", "hope", "affection", "universality." The first chakra, which is the beginning of our human existence, contains aspects of every desire or longing of life: physical, mental, psycho-spiritual and spiritual (kama, artha, dharma and moksa in Sanskrit).
Straightforward and intuitive, it invokes nothing abstruse or mysterious, and it accounts for the universality of aging within the context of pure individual selection.
While the vegetarian arguments have a universality about them, there is little there that cannot be found in greater detail elsewhere.
What may be distinctive about today's call is its universality. Not only is the challenge addressed to the entire community of believers, but the poor to be served live everywhere on our shrinking planet.
Amartya Sen, winner of the 1998 Nobel Memorial Prize in economics and a professor at Cambridge University, reiterates the universality of busines s ethics and argues against those who claim "Asian values" are different than those in the rest of the world.