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A book containing references, alphabetically arranged, to the contents of a series or collection of documents or volumes; or a section (normally at the end) of a single volume or set of volumes containing such references to its contents.

Statistical indexes are also used to track or measure changes in the economy (for example, the Consumer Price Index) and movement in stock markets (for example, Standard & Poor's Index). Such indexes are usually keyed to a base year, month, or other period of comparison.

In mortgage financing, the term is used to determine adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) interest rates after the discount period ends. Common indexes for ARMs are one-year Treasury Securities and the national average cost of funds to savings and loan associations.

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The sample of the industrial sector index witnessed the exit of Gulf International Chemicals Company and National Mineral Water Company from the index this year.
A volatility-controlled index tracks a basket of assets that changes regularly with the goal of making the index fluctuate up or down less than the S&P 500 index.
The reason may be because the index was down a lot when everyone else was reporting gains.
The demands of indexing inhibit some information workers from learning and doing it, even with the importance attached to the index as a primary information retrieval tool.
The index universe of the Dow Jones GCC Index consists of all stocks traded in the six countries in the GCC region.
Overall current business sentiment for the five ASEAN countries included in the survey fell by 2.6 points in August, with the index slipping into negative territory for the third time this year.
The Index brings all the information in BIBR together in one place.
When the archive of the Roman Inquisition, now called the Archive of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, opened in the late 1990s, scholars found that the records of the Congregation of the Index were also there and that they were very rich.
Despite the fact that the Federal Reserve has lowered the federal funds rate to 1.75%, its lowest level in 40 years, the Index of Leading Economic Indicators (the measure used to gauge the future health of the economy) has declined for four consecutive months.
That was the highest the Purchase Index has been since the week ending July 20, 2001, when the index was 324.9.
Keeping the index in a documented relational database format will make exporting the data to a new system easier.
In addition, returns for indexes depend in part on how the index average is calculated.

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