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What is a “Junk Bond”?

I was reading Barbarians at the Gate and I read that junk bonds were required to do large leveraged buyouts. What is a junk bond and how does it differ from a regular bond? Why is there higher ...
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What is “beta” for an investment or a portfolio, and how do I use it?

Recently my financial adviser has been talking about my portfolio's "beta". I have also seen beta listed for some investments (for example: http://www.google.com/finance?q=goog). What is "beta" and ...