Trailing earnings

Definition:

Past earnings. Often used in the context of the price earnings ratio. This ratio is usually distinguished as price to trailing earnings (today's price divided by the most recent 12 months of earnings) versus price to prospective earnings (today's price divided by consensus forecast earnings for the next 12 months).

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Cumulative voting

A system of voting for directors of a corporation in which shareholder's total number of votes is equal to the number of shares held times the number of candidates.

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