Start with the equity in a house. If your home is worth $400,000 and you owe $320,000 on the mortgage, it has $80,000 of equity. The building is the asset and the mortgage is the debt.
Some $1.5 billion of new stock came to market last month, according to data from ClickIPO. It might sound puny compared with recent totals, but it was still the busiest August in five years.
That was the big news last week when the social media giant reported disappointing results. But a few weeks before that Facebook was one of the market’s darling stocks. It is part of what is called the
FANGs– Facebook, Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL), Netflix Inc (NASDAQ: NFLX) and Google (owned by Alphabet Inc). It is a formidable group of companies that have led the US stock markets higher over the past several years.