guess, conjecture, supposition, surmise, surmisal, speculation, hypothesis(noun)
a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence
a hypothesis that has been formed by speculating or conjecturing (usually with little hard evidence)
"speculations about the outcome of the election"; "he dismissed it as mere conjecture"
an investment that is very risky but could yield great profits
"he knew the stock was a speculation when he bought it"
continuous and profound contemplation or musing on a subject or series of subjects of a deep or abstruse nature
"the habit of meditation is the basis for all real knowledge"
The process of thinking or meditating on a subject
A judgment or conclusion reached by speculating
An investment involving higher than normal risk in order to obtain a higher than normal return
Origin: From speculation (French: spéculation), from speculationem, from speculatio.
the act of speculating
examination by the eye; view
mental view of anything in its various aspects and relations; contemplation; intellectual examination
the act or process of reasoning a priori from premises given or assumed
the act or practice of buying land, goods, shares, etc., in expectation of selling at a higher price, or of selling with the expectation of repurchasing at a lower price; a trading on anticipated fluctuations in price, as distinguished from trading in which the profit expected is the difference between the retail and wholesale prices, or the difference of price in different markets
any business venture in involving unusual risks, with a chance for large profits
a conclusion to which the mind comes by speculating; mere theory; view; notion; conjecture
power of sight
a game at cards in which the players buy from one another trumps or whole hands, upon a chance of getting the highest trump dealt, which entitles the holder to the pool of stakes
Origin: [L. speculatio a spying out, observation: cf. F. spculation.]
Speculation is the practice of engaging in risky financial transactions in an attempt to profit from short or medium term fluctuations in the market value of a tradable good such as a financial instrument, rather than attempting to profit from the underlying financial attributes embodied in the instrument such as capital gains, interest, or dividends. Many speculators pay little attention to the fundamental value of a security and instead focus purely on price movements. Speculation can in principle involve any tradable good or financial instrument. Speculators are particularly common in the markets for stocks, bonds, commodity futures, currencies, fine art, collectibles, real estate, and derivatives. Speculators play one of four primary roles in financial markets, along with hedgers who engage in transactions to offset some other pre-existing risk, arbitrageurs who seek to profit from situations where fungible instruments trade at different prices in different market segments, and investors who seek profit through long-term ownership of an instrument's underlying attributes. The role of speculators is to absorb excess risk that other participants do not want, and to provide liquidity in the marketplace by buying or selling when no participants from the other categories are available. Successful speculation entails collecting an adequate level of monetary compensation in return for providing immediate liquidity and assuming additional risk so that, over time, the inevitable losses are offset by larger profits.
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Rank popularity for the word 'speculation' in Nouns Frequency: #1946
The numerical value of speculation in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of speculation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Examples of speculation in a Sentence
In particular, the charges claiming that Baosteel stole commercial secrets from U.S. Steel is rootless speculation and subjective assumption, and could even be described as an absurd statement, baosteel has not and will never steal to obtain technology.
In the days of social media, there's an awful lot of speculation that goes on about these things, there is no big conspiracy, and the idea that I would take an intelligence officer off a job of, I don't know, targeting al Qaeda in a place that's of mutual( interest) to us, to put him on spying of a campaign, of a presidential candidate, I think it's just not -- it's not going to be the reality.
The main speculation now is likely to be around the flavour of any ECB action at Thursday's meeting, european markets have started a new week on the front foot increasingly confident that the ECB will announce a bond buying program. This is being reflected in early trading by new record lows in European yields and fresh all-time highs in the German DAX.
Clearly we are very familiar with the broader environment, but we believe the nature of the transaction at this particular point in time will withstand any speculation in the future, this is all about the structure we have in place, the platform and the opportunity.
There was some speculation but it’s now all clear. He has a contract for the full season.
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- järkeily, tarkastelu, johtopäätös, mietiskely, spekulaatio, näkö, keinottelu, päättely, pohdinta, spekulointi, riskisijoitus, [[spekulatiivinen]] [[investointi]]Finnish
- спекулирование, размышление, предположение, спекуляцияRussian
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