Certificate of deposit (CD)

Definition:

Also called a time deposit this is a certificate issued by a bank or thrift that indicates a specified sum of money has been deposited. A CD has a maturity date and a specified interest rate, and can be issued in any denomination. The duration can be up to five years.

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Deferred compensation

An amount that has been earned but is not actually paid until a later date, typically through a payment plan, pension, or stock option plan.

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