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Finance Dictionary and Glossary of Investment Terms
Automatic Investment Plan
An investment program that allows you to contribute small amounts of money (as little as $20 a month) in regular intervals. Funds are automatically deducted from your checking/savings account or your paycheck, and invested in a retirement account or mutual fund.
A program that allows an individual to have a set amount electronically transferred from one account to another at a specified frequency. Examples include stock and mutual fund reinvestment programs, defined contribution plans, mutual fund contribution programs, and automatic withdrawal plans. also called systematic investment plan.