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Speculative may refer to:

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In computing[edit]

  • Speculative execution, in computer systems is doing work, the result of which may not be needed. This performance optimization technique is used in pipelined processors and other systems
  • Speculative multithreading, a dynamic parallelization technique that depends on out-of-order execution to achieve speedup on multiprocessor CPUs. It is a kind of speculative execution that occurs at the thread level as opposed to the instruction level

In economics[edit]

  • Speculation, the practice of engaging in risky transactions in an attempt to profit from fluctuations in market value
    • Speculative attack, denoting precipitous acquisition of assets by previously inactive speculators
    • Speculative demand, a demand for financial assets that is not dictated by real transactions such as trade or financing
    • Speculative development, in real estate
    • Speculative grade, a grade of bond below investment grade, having higher risk, but typically pay higher yield than better quality bonds
    • Economic bubble, when assets trade at a price that far exceeds an asset's intrinsic value due to speculation

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