Long Term


Long Term
Holding an asset for an extended period of time. Depending on the type of security, a long-term asset can be held for as little as one year or for as long as 30 years or more.

The media frequently advises people to "invest for the long term", but determining whether or not an investment is long term is very subjective. A day trader, for example, would define "long term" much differently than a buy-and-hold investor, who would consider anything less than several years to be short-term trading.


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  • long-term — (adj.) also longterm, long term, 1876, originally in insurance, from LONG (Cf. long) (adj.) + TERM (Cf. term) (n.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • long-term — long /short /medium term in the long/medium/short term a long, medium, or short time in the future. Have you made any long term plans? (always before noun) Medium term funding may be offered to help start new projects in developing countries …   New idioms dictionary

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  • long-term — [lôŋ′tʉrm′] adj. 1. for or extending over a long time 2. designating or of a capital gain, loan, etc. that involves a relatively long period …   English World dictionary

  • long-term — adj. Occurring over a long period of time. The Essential Law Dictionary. Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008 …   Law dictionary

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