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Raider: An investor who aims to take control of a company by purchasing a majority stake in the firm. 
Real Estate: Land and property, including any building and structures on a parcel of land.
Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT): A real estate investment trust that invests in a variety of real estate properties. Instead of investing in one or two properties, investors can buy shares in a REIT, which owns many different types of properties, and reduce their risk.
Real Income: Income adjusted for inflation, which is considered to be a truer measure of purchasing power than income itself.
Receiver: A court-appointed individual who is responsible for managing the day-to-day affairs of a company involved in bankruptcy proceedings. The receiver does not own the company and is not liable for the company's obligations, but simply keeps the company running until a determination is made on the bankruptcy claim.
Recession: A big set-back or slowdown in the economic growth of a country, with high unemployment. Not as severe as a depression where there is widespread economic problems on a massive scale.
Record Date: The day before the ex-dividend date. The shareholder of record on this date will receive the declared dividend.
Red Herring: A preliminary prospectus used to obtain an indication of interest from the public on a new securities issue.
Registration Statement: A document prepared prior to the public offering of securities, detailing the financial situation of the company, its history and background, and the qualifications of the business managers.
Return of Capital: Payments received by an individual that represent all or part of their original investment and therefore is not taxable income.
Release: A document that certifies that an individual or business has given up a claim to some- thing. 
Replacement Cost: The cost of replacing an asset with the same asset if the original were to break or malfunction.
Reserve Requirement: The percentage of funds the Federal Reserve Board requires that member banks maintain on deposit at all times.
Retained Earnings: Earnings that are left after dividends and taxes are paid out.
Retention: The number of units retained by an investment banker during the process of underwriting a securities sale, minus the units set aside for institutional sales.
Return on Equity (ROE): The return investors receive on their investment in a security, expressed as a percentage.
Revolving Credit: A charge account that an individual can use on a continuing basis as long as the approved credit limit is not exceeded.
Risk: The chance that you might lose money.
Royalty: Payment made to the owner of an asset in return for its use in generating income. Such payments are made to patent holders who grant permission to use the patent, as well as to authors, who are paid royalties based on book sales.
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