Glossary beginning with B

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B
Benchmark index
An index that is representative of the market(s) in which the fund is invested.
Best in class
Approach used in socially responsible investing that consists of selecting those issuers considered to be the most responsible within a group of comparable issuers. For equities, this approach means not excluding any single business sector peremptorily, but favouring the companies in each business sector that have made the most progress as regards environmental, social and governance criteria.
Bond
A bond is a security evidencing a debt, issued by a State or by a company, and corresponding to a long-term loan. The bondholder receives income, also known as the coupon.