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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.


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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Brian Payton, director of business development at Wyboston Lakes commented, “We are delighted with the success of Universally Speaking.
When students arrived for the study, they were greeted by one of four student researchers who were not aware of whether the students were universally rejecting or accepting of homosexuals (a mixture of students from both groups signed-up for each session).
The written symbols, however, are universally understood.
SIR: I liked your notion of making a bit of a supplement about wood (AR November p87) but I am worried about your easy definition of wood as being a universally a good thing.
Wade decision, abortion was not only illegal but was almost universally recognized as a grave sin.
William Thornton devised a 30-letter alphabet that he believed could be used universally to further the unity of mankind.
In his general theory of relativity, Albert Einstein postulated that light travels at one speed only, a concept that physicists almost universally have accepted.
Even scientific and philosophical works written in the vernacular eventually had to be translated into Latin, not only to receive wider distribution, but to share in or add to the universally accepted definitions of technical terms.
Completing the process, as described by Evans, was the move by a group of theologians and philosophers to create a suitable system of ethics "based on four universal, commensurable [measurable by a common standard] ends that could be universally applied to any problem: beneficence, nonmaleficence, and justice" (37).
has introduced what it says are the first universally retrofittable gearbox assemblies for 4.
According to Dewey, a major reason why Kant's explanations were so universally welcomed and have dominated our culture for so long was that they provided a means of reconciling religion and science.