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A

The apportionment of premiums and discounts on forward exchange transactions that relate directly to deposit swap (interest arbitrage) deals, over the period of each deal.

An advisory service is a consultation service provided by a financial advisor. It allows you to have control over your investment decisions but with the added bonus of professional advice.

Official action normally occasioned by a change either in the internal economic policies to correct a payment imbalance or in the official currency rate.

Traders and/or price action are acting with conviction.

Generally any crypto-currency other than Bitcoin or Ethereum. (Though some Bitcoin folks would probably still say Ethereum is an altcoin).

A financial professional who has expertise in evaluating investments and puts together buy, sell and hold recommendations for clients.

A product is said to ‘appreciate’ when it strengthens in price in response to market demand.

The simultaneous purchase or sale of a financial product in order to take advantage of small price differentials between markets.

Refers to the central banks or monetary authorities of Asian countries. These institutions have been increasingly active in major currencies as they manage growing pools of foreign currency reserves arising from trade surpluses. Their market interest can be substantial and influence currency direction in the short-term.

23:00 – 08:00 GMT.

The price at which the market is prepared to sell a product. Prices are quoted two-way as Bid/Ask. The Ask price is also known as the Offer.

In Forex trading, the Ask represents the price at which a trader can buy the base currency, shown to the left in a currency pair. For example, in the quote EUR/USD 1.16049, the base currency is EUR, and the Ask price 1.16049, meaning you can buy one EUR for 1.16049 USD.

In CFD trading, the Ask also represents the price at which a trader can buy the product. For example, in the quote for UK OIL 111.14/111.17, the product quoted is UK OIL and the Ask price is £111.17 for one unit of the underlying market.

An asset is anything of value that a person or business owns that can be converted into cash. An asset can come in the form of real or personal property, cash or investment.

Put simply, asset allocation is how a person’s assets are divided among the various asset classes. Asset classes can include stocks, bonds or real estate, among others.

Refers to the AUD/USD (Australian Dollar/U.S. Dollar) pair. Also “Oz” or “Ozzie”.

A term for the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX 200), which is an index of the top 200 companies (by market capitalization) listed on the Australian stock exchange.

An instruction given to a dealer to buy or sell at a specific price or better.

All-Time-High. We’ve gotten a lot of these the past couple months.

An instruction given to a dealer to buy or sell at the best rate that can be obtained at a specific time.

An asset manager trades and invests a client’s finances on behalf of them so that they meet their investment goals in the most cost-effective way.

B

The value of a country’s exports minus its imports.

Someone still holding an altcoin after a pump and dump crash. Can also just refer to someone holding a coin that is sinking in value with few future prospects.

A type of chart which consists of four significant points: the high and the low prices, which form the vertical bar; the opening price, which is marked with a horizontal line to the left of the bar; and the closing price, which is marked with a horizontal line to the right of the bar.

A certain price of great importance included in the structure of a Barrier Option. If a Barrier Level price is reached, the terms of a specific Barrier Option call for a series of events to occur.

Any number of different option structures (such as knock-in, knock-out, no touch, double-no-touch-DNT) that attaches great importance to a specific price trading. In a no-touch barrier, a large defined payout is awarded to the buyer of the option by the seller if the strike price is not ‘touched’ before expiry. This creates an incentive for the option seller to drive prices through the strike level and creates an incentive for the option buyer to defend the strike level.

The first currency in a currency pair. It shows how much the base currency is worth as measured against the second currency. For example, if the USD/CHF (U.S. Dollar/Swiss Franc) rate equals 1.6215, then one USD is worth CHF 1.6215. In the forex market, the US dollar is normally considered the base currency for quotes, meaning that quotes are expressed as a unit of $1 USD per the other currency quoted in the pair. The primary exceptions to this rule are the British pound, the euro and the Australian dollar.

The lending rate of the central bank of a given country.

A chart pattern used in technical analysis that shows when demand and supply of a product are almost equal. It results in a narrow trading range and the merging of support and resistance levels.

A unit of measurement used to describe the minimum change in the price of a product.

Negative for price direction; favoring a declining market. For example, “We are bearish EUR/USD” means that we think the euro will weaken against the dollar.

Traders who expect prices to decline and may be holding short positions.

The difference between the bid and the ask (offer) price.

The price at which the market is prepared to buy a product. Prices are quoted two-way as Bid/Ask. In FX trading, the Bid represents the price at which a trader can sell the base currency, shown to the left in a currency pair. For example, in the quote USD/CHF 1.4527/32, the base currency is USD, and the Bid price is 1.4527, meaning you can sell one US Dollar for 1.4527 Swiss francs. In CFD trading, the Bid also represents the price at which a trader can sell the product. For example, in the quote for UK OIL 111.13/111.16, the Bid price is £111.13 for one unit of the underlying market.

Refers to the first three digits of a currency quote, such as 117 USD/JPY or 1.26 in EUR/USD. If the price moves by 1.5 big figures, it has moved 150 pips.

An expectation that price is going to increase.

The Bank for International Settlements located in Basel, Switzerland, is the central bank for central banks. The BIS frequently acts as the market intermediary between national central banks and the market. The BIS has become increasingly active as central banks have increased their currency reserve management. When the BIS is reported to be buying or selling at a level, it is usually for a central bank and thus the amounts can be large. The BIS is used to avoid markets mistaking buying or selling interest for official government intervention.

The term used for systematic, model-based or technical traders.

The classification of technology that Ethereum falls into. Blockchains are distributed ledgers, secured by cryptography. They are essentially public databases that everyone can access and read, but the data can only be updated by the data owners. Instead of the data residing on a single centralized server, the data is copied across thousands and thousands of computers worldwide. More detailed information available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blockchain

The upside equivalent of capitulation. When shorts throw in the towel and cover any remaining short positions.

Bank of Canada, the central bank of Canada.

Bank of England, the central bank of the UK.

Bank of Japan, the central bank of Japan.

A tool used by technical analysts. A band plotted two standard deviations on either side of a simple moving average, which often indicates support and resistance levels.

A name for the debt which is issued for a specified period of time.

In a professional trading environment, a book is the summary of a trader’s or desk’s total positions.

A British measure of the rate of inflation at various surveyed retailers. This index only looks at price changes in goods purchased in retail outlets.

Looking to buy 20-30-pip/point pullbacks in the course of an intra-day trend.

Taking a long position on a product.

Germany’s central bank.

Traders who expect prices to rise and who may be holding long positions.

Favoring a strengthening market and rising prices. For example, “We are bullish EUR/USD” means that we think the euro will strengthen against the dollar.

Market slang for one million units of a dollar-based currency pair, or for the US dollar in general.

An individual or firm that acts as an intermediary, bringing buyers and sellers together for a fee or commission. In contrast, a dealer commits capital and takes one side of a position, hoping to earn a spread (profit) by closing out the position in a subsequent trade with another party.

C

The GBP/USD (Great British Pound/U.S. Dollar) pair. Cable earned its nickname because the rate was originally transmitted to the US via a transatlantic cable beginning in the mid 1800s when the GBP was the currency of international trade.

The Canadian dollar, also known as Loonie or Funds.

A currency trade which exploits the interest rate difference between two countries. By selling a currency with a low rate of interest and buying a currency with a high rate of interest, the trader will receive the interest difference between the two countries while this trade is open.

A monthly gauge of Canadian business sentiment issued by the Richard Ivey Business School.

A chart that indicates the trading range for the day as well as the opening and closing price. If the open price is higher than the close price, the rectangle between the open and close price is shaded. If the close price is higher than the open price, that area of the chart is not shaded.

A point at the end of an extreme trend when traders who are holding losing positions exit those positions. This usually signals that the expected reversal is just around the corner.

A trading strategy that captures the difference in the interest rates earned from being long a currency that pays a relatively high interest rate and short another currency that pays a lower interest rate. For example: NZD/JPY (New Zealand Dollar/Japanese Yen) has been a famous carry trade for some time. NZD is the high yielder and JPY is the low yielder. Traders looking to take advantage of this interest rate differential would buy NZD and sell JPY, or be long NZD/JPY. When NZD/JPY begins to downtrend for an extended period of time, most likely due to a change in interest rates, the carry trade is said to be unwinding.

The market in the actual underlying markets on which a derivatives contract is based.

The price of a product for instant delivery; i.e., the price of a product at that moment in time.

Abbreviation referring to central banks.

A government or quasi-governmental organization that manages a country’s monetary policy. For example, the US central bank is the Federal Reserve and the German central bank is the Bundesbank.

A Contract for Difference (or CFD) is a type of derivative that gives exposure to the change in value of an underlying asset (such as an index or equity). It allows traders to leverage their capital (by trading notional amounts far higher than the money in their account) and provides all the benefits of trading securities, without actually owning the product. In practical terms, if you buy a CFD at $10 then sell it at $11, you will receive the $1 difference. Conversely, if you went short on the trade and sold at $10 before buying back at $11, you would pay the $1 difference.

An individual, also known as a technical trader, who uses charts and graphs and interprets historical data to find trends and predict future movements.

Short-lived price moves with limited follow-through that are not conducive to aggressive trading.

Funds that are freely available, sent in to settle a trade.

The process of settling a trade.

Exposure to a financial contract, such as currency, that no longer exists. A position is closed by placing an equal and opposite deal to offset the open position. Once closed, a position is considered squared.

The process of stopping (closing) a live trade by executing a trade that is the exact opposite of the open trade.

The price at which a product was traded to close a position. It can also refer to the price of the last transaction in a day trading session.

The process of moving crypto-currency ‘offline’, as a way of safekeeping your crypto-currency from hacking. There are a variety of ways to do this, but some methods most commonly used:
—Printing out the QR code of a software wallet and storing it somewhere safe, such as a safety deposit box.
—Moving the files of a software wallet onto a USB drive and storing it somewhere safe.
—Using a hardware wallet.

An asset given to secure a loan or as a guarantee of performance.

A fee that is charged for buying or selling a product.

Commodities are basic goods that are used in trade, there is rarely a difference in a commodity from one provider against another. Often a commodity is used in the production of other goods and services, such as oil or gold.

Currencies from economies whose exports are heavily based in natural resources, often specifically referring to Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Russia.

The dollar pairs that make up the crosses (i.e., EUR/USD + USD/JPY are the components of EUR/JPY). Selling the cross through the components refers to selling the dollar pairs in alternating fashion to create a cross position.

Symbol for NASDAQ Composite Index.

A document exchanged by counterparts to a transaction that states the terms of said transaction.

A period of range-bound activity after an extended price move.

Measures the amount of spending towards new construction, released monthly by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Census Bureau.

The tendency of an economic crisis to spread from one market to another.

The standard unit of forex trading.

A confirmation sent that outlines the exact details of the trade.

The notional number of shares one CFD represents.

A position which has a limited risk because of a Guaranteed Stop.

A technical observation that describes moving averages of different periods moving towards each other, which generally forecasts a price consolidation.

An event that changes the equity structure (and usually share price) of a stock. For example, acquisitions, dividends, mergers, splits and spinoffs are all corporate actions.

Refers to corporations in the market for hedging or financial management purposes. Corporates are not always as price sensitive as speculative funds and their interest can be very long-term in nature, making corporate interest less valuable to short-term trading.

A corporate bond is a bond that is issued by a corporation to raise financing. A corporation will often issue this type of bond when expanding their business.

The second listed currency in a currency pair.

One of the participants in a financial transaction.

Risk associated with a cross-border transaction, including but not limited to legal and political conditions.

Acronym for Consumer Price Index, a measure of inflation.

The market is ready to sell-off hard.

A pair of currencies that does not include the U.S. dollar.

Refers to CAD (Canadian Dollar), Aussie (Australian Dollar), Sterling (British Pound) and Kiwi (New Zealand Dollar) – countries off the Commonwealth.

Refers to commodity trading advisors, speculative traders whose activity can resemble that of short-term hedge funds; frequently refers to the Chicago-based or futures-oriented traders.

Any form of money issued by a government or central bank and used as legal tender and a basis for trade.

The sum of the balance of trade (exports minus imports of goods and services), net factor income (such as interest and dividends) and net transfer payments (such as foreign aid). The balance of trade is typically the key component to the current account.

A three-letter symbol that represents a specific currency. For example, USD (U.S. Dollar).

The probability of an adverse change in exchange rates.

The two currencies that make up a foreign exchange rate. For example EUR/USD (Euro/U.S. Dollar).

D

An individual or firm that acts as a principal or counterpart to a transaction. Principals take one side of a position, hoping to earn a spread (profit) by closing out the position in a subsequent trade with another party. In contrast, a broker is an individual or firm that acts as an intermediary, putting together buyers and sellers for a fee or commission.

A term that denotes a trade done at the current market price. It is a live trade as opposed to an order.

Speculators who take positions in commodities and then liquidate those positions prior to the close of the same trading day.

Decentralized Application. This refers to an application that uses an Ethereum smart contract as it’s back-end code.

Decentralized Autonomous Organization. An investor-directed venture capital fund built on the Ethereum network that was hacked in June 2016. The hack stole about a third of the DAO’s funds and led to Ethereum being hard-forked the following month. The DAO is often cited as one of Ethereum’s biggest stumbles thus far.

The difference between the buying and selling price of a contract.

Action taken by a trader, or group of traders, to prevent a product from trading at a certain price or price zone, usually because they hold a vested interest in doing so, such as a barrier option.

A negative balance of trade or payments.

Removing a stock’s listing on an exchange.

A trade where both sides make and take actual delivery of the product traded.

The ratio between the change in price of a product and the change in price of its underlying market.

A monthly survey produced by the DCLG that uses a very large sample of all completed house sales to measure the price trends in the UK real estate market.

Debt is a sum of money that has been borrowed under the condition that it will be paid back at a later date, often with interest. It is used by many corporations and governments to fund expansion or policies that could not otherwise be paid for out of current cashflow.

The decrease in value of an asset over time.

A financial contract whose value is based on the value of an underlying asset. Some of the most common underlying assets for derivative contracts are indices, equities, commodities and currencies.

A financial contract whose value is based on the value of an underlying asset. Some of the most common underlying assets for derivative contracts are indices, equities, commodities and currencies.

Symbol for the US Dollar Index.

Price action consisting of lower lows and lower highs.

Dovish refers to data or a policy view that suggests easier monetary policy or lower interest rates. The opposite of hawkish.

Abbreviation for the Dow Jones Industrial Average or US30.

The amount of a company’s earning distributed to its shareholders – usually described as a value per share.

A technical observation that describes moving averages of different periods moving away from each other, which generally forecasts a price trend.

In technical analysis, a situation where price and momentum move in opposite directions, such as prices rising while momentum is falling. Divergence is considered either positive (bullish) or negative (bearish); both kinds of divergence signal major shifts in price direction. Positive/bullish divergence occurs when the price of a security makes a new low while the momentum indicator starts to climb upward. Negative/bearish divergence happens when the price of the security makes a new high, but the indicator fails to do the same and instead moves lower. Divergences frequently occur in extended price moves and frequently resolve with the price reversing direction to follow the momentum indicator.

Interest rate that an eligible depository institution is charged to borrow short-term funds directly from the Federal Reserve Bank.

In finance, the term discretionary refers to the investment decisions a portfolio manager will make on their client’s behalf. These decisions can include when to buy and sell stocks and shares.

E

An order to buy or sell at a specified price that remains open until the end of the trading day, typically at 5pm/17:00 New York time.

Enterprise Ethereum Alliance. A coalition of startups and corporations trying to figure out the best way to use this dang thing.

A government-issued statistic that indicates current economic growth and stability. Common indicators include employment rates, Gross Domestic Product (GDP), inflation, retail sales, etc.

European Central Bank, the central bank for the countries using the euro.

The time zone of New York City, which stands for United States Eastern Standard Time/Eastern Daylight time.

A name for the Euronext 50 index.

The currency of the Eurozone.

An umbrella name for the group of policies that aims to coordinate economic and fiscal policies across EU Member States.

07:00 – 16:00 (London).

Measures the annualized rate of inflation in the compensation and benefits paid to civilian workers and is seen as a primary driver of overall inflation.

A monthly index produced by the OECD. It measures overall economic health by combining ten leading indicators including average weekly hours, new orders, consumer expectations, housing permits, stock prices and interest rate spreads.

Equity is the value of an asset after all other liabilities and debts have been paid off. When it comes to investing, equity often means a stock representing an ownership interest in a particular business.

An exchange-traded fund (ETF) is a financial investment that tracks an index and is traded like stocks. Assets held within an ETF can include commodities, bonds or stocks.

Websites where you can buy and sell crypto-currencies. Some popular exchanges in North America are Coinbase.

A share bought in which the buyer forgoes the right to receive the next dividend and instead it is given to the seller.

The precise date and time when an option will expire. The two most common option expiries are 10:00am ET (also referred to as 10:00 NY time or NY cut) and 3:00pm Tokyo time (also referred to as 15:00 Tokyo time or Tokyo cut). These time periods frequently see an increase in activity as option hedges unwind in the spot market.

A market that is thought to have traveled too far, too fast.

Corporations who sell goods internationally, which in turn makes them sellers of foreign currency and buyers of their domestic currency. Frequently refers to major Japanese corporations such as Sony and Toyota, who will be natural sellers of USD/JPY, exchanging dollars received from commercial sales abroad.

F

Written record of FOMC policy-setting meetings are released three weeks following a meeting. The minutes provide more insight into the FOMC’s deliberations and can generate significant market reactions.

Fear Of Missing Out. The overwhelming sensation that you need to get on the train when the price of something starts to skyrocket.

Federal Open Market Committee, the policy-setting committee of the US Federal Reserve.

Fresh buying or selling interest after a directional break of a particular price level. The lack of follow-through usually indicates a directional move will not be sustained and may reverse.

Dealer jargon used to describe a position that has been completely reversed, e.g. you bought $500,000 and then sold $500,000, thereby creating a neutral (flat) position.

Economic data readings matching the previous period’s levels that are unchanged.

One of approximately five times during the forex trading day when a large amount of currency must be bought or sold to fill a commercial customer’s orders. Typically these times are associated with market volatility. The regular fixes are as follows (all times NY): 

5:00am – Frankfurt 

6:00am – London 

10:00am – WMHCO (World Market House Company) 

11:00am – WMHCO (World Market House Company) – more important 

8:20am – IMM

8:15am – ECB

All positions opened within a particular currency pair are liquidated in the order in which they were originally opened.

An order that, if it cannot be filled in its entirety, will be cancelled.

A financial instrument is an asset that can be traded. This can be cash, a contract to deliver or receive cash, or evidence of a person’s ownership of an entity.

When an order has been fully executed.

Refers to the price quotation of ’00’ in a price such as 00-03 (1.2600-03) and would be read as ‘figure-three.’ If someone sells at 1.2600, traders would say ‘the figure was given’ or ‘the figure was hit.

Government-issued currency, such as the US dollar.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiat_money

Refers to members of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve or regional Federal Reserve Bank Presidents.

The Federal Reserve Bank, the central bank of the United States, or the FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee), the policy-setting committee of the Federal Reserve.

The FCA stands for the Financial Conduct Authority. It is a UK regulatory body independent from the government that regulates the conduct of financial firms that provide services to consumers.

The dollar level of new orders for both durable and nondurable goods. This report is more in depth than the durable goods report which is released earlier in the month.

The simultaneous buying of one currency and selling of another. The global market for such transactions is referred to as the forex or FX market.

A situation where a blockchain splits into two separate chains. Forks generally happen in the crypto-world when new ‘governance rules’ are built into the blockchain’s code. Some more information available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blockchain#Hard_forks

The pre-specified exchange rate for a foreign exchange contract settling at some agreed future date, based on the interest rate differential between the two currencies involved.

The pips added to or subtracted from the current exchange rate in order to calculate a forward price.

A name for the index of the top 40 companies (by market capitalization) listed on the French stock exchange. FRA40 is also known as CAC40.


The four planned stages of the Ethereum development roadmap. We are currently in the Homestead phase. The Metropolis update is likely to be available sometime in the next year.

The FSCS is a UK compensation scheme for customers of authorised financial services firms. The FSCS will compensate customers if a firm doesn’t have enough assets to pay claims against it or has stopped trading.

The name of the UK 100 index.

Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt. Baseless negativity spread intentionally by someone that wants the price of something to drop.

Someone that is spreading FUD.

The assessment of all information available on a tradable product to determine its future outlook and therefore predict where the price is heading. Often non-measurable and subjective assessments, as well as quantifiable measurements, are made in fundamental analysis.

Refers to hedge fund types active in the market. Also used as another term for the USD/CAD (U.S. Dollar/Canadian Dollar) pair.

An obligation to exchange a good or instrument at a set price and specified quantity grade at a future date. The primary difference between a Future and a Forward is that Futures are typically traded over an exchange (Exchange- Traded Contacts – ETC), versus Forwards, which are considered Over The Counter (OTC) contracts. An OTC is any contract NOT traded on an exchange.

An agreement between two parties to execute a transaction at a specified time in the future when the price is agreed in the present.

G

Another denomination of ether. Gas prices are most often measured in Gwei. 1 Ether = 1000000000 Gwei. (109)

Refers to traders pushing to trigger known stops or technical levels in the market.

A stop-loss order guaranteed to close your position at a level you dictate, should the market move to or beyond that point. It is guaranteed even if there’s gapping in the market.

An order type that protects a trader against the market gapping. It guarantees to fill your order at the price asked.

Gross domestic product plus income earned from investment or work abroad.

Total value of a country’s output, income or expenditure produced within its physical borders.

Nickname for the US dollar.

A government bond is a type of bond issued by the government, often with an agreement to pay interest and repay the face value when the bond matures.

An order type that will expire on the date you choose, should it not be filled beforehand.

An order to buy or sell at a specified price that remains open until filled or until the client cancels.

An order that will expire at the end of the day if it is not filled.

The standard unit of trading gold is one contract which is equal to 10 troy ounces.

A certificate of ownership that gold investors use to purchase and sell the commodity instead of dealing with transfer and storage of the physical gold itself.

It is commonly accepted that gold moves in the opposite direction of the US dollar. The long-term correlation coefficient is largely negative, but shorter-term correlations are less reliable.

The selling of a currency or product not owned by the seller – with the expectation of the price decreasing.

The purchase of a stock, commodity or currency for investment or speculation – with the expectation of the price increasing.

Greenwich Mean Time – The most commonly referred time zone in the forex market. GMT does not change during the year, as opposed to daylight savings/summer time.

A technical level succumbs to a hard-fought battle.

Refers to a bid being hit or selling interest.

An index of the top 30 companies (by market capitalization) listed on the German stock exchange – another name for the DAX.

Gearing refers to trading a notional value that is greater than the amount of capital a trader is required to hold in his or her trading account. It is expressed as a percentage or a fraction.

The amount of ether to be spent for each gas unit on a transaction. The initiator of a transaction chooses and pays the gas price of the transaction. Transactions with higher gas prices are prioritized by the network.

A measurement of how much processing is required by the ethereum network to process a transaction. Simple transactions, like sending ether to another address, typically do not require much gas. More complex transactions, like deploying a smart contract, require more gas.

A quick market move in which prices skip several levels without any trades occurring. Gaps usually follow economic data or news announcements.

Group of 8 – G7 nations plus Russia.

Group of 7 Nations – United States, Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Italy and Canada.

H

Every 100 pips in the FX market starting with 000.

A device that can securely store crypto-currency. Hardware wallets are often regarded as the most secure way to hold crypto-currency.

A country’s monetary policymakers are referred to as hawkish when they believe that higher interest rates are needed, usually to combat inflation or restrain rapid economic growth or both.

A position or combination of positions that reduces the risk of your primary position.

A hedge fund is a type of investment only available to advanced investors, like institutions and individuals with large and valuable assets.

To sell at the current market bid.

Long ago, someone on a bitcoin forum got drunk and made a post with this typo in the place of ‘hold’. A meme was born. https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=375643.0

Names for the Hong Kong Hang Seng index.

I

Measures the total value of output produced by manufacturers, mines and utilities. This data tends to react quickly to the expansions and contractions of the business cycle and can act as a leading indicator of employment and personal income data.

An Independent Financial Advisor (IFA) is a professional who offers impartial advice to clients on financial matters, recommending the most suitable investment strategies.

Abbreviation for the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

8:00am – 3:00pm New York.

A traditional futures contract based on major currencies against the US dollar. IMM futures are traded on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

International Monetary Market, the Chicago-based currency futures market, that is part of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

Little volume being traded in the market; a lack of liquidity often creates choppy market conditions. 

Initial Coin Offering, somewhat similar to an IPO in the non-crypto world. Startups issue their own token in exchange for ether. This is essentially crowdfunding on the ethereum platform.

An economic condition whereby prices for consumer goods rise, eroding purchasing power.

The initial deposit of collateral required to enter into a position.

The foreign exchange rates which large international banks quote to each other.

Adjustments in cash to reflect the effect of owing or receiving the notional amount of equity of a CFD position.

Action by a central bank to affect the value of its currency by entering the market. Concerted intervention refers to action by a number of central banks to control exchange rates.

A person or corporate entity which introduces accounts to a broker in return for a fee.

An investor profile or style basically defines an investor’s preferences in their financial decisions. For example their value or growth in stocks, if they are risk-tolerant or risk-averse, or are short-term trading or long-term holding.

Symbol for S&P 500 index.

A private company’s initial offer of stock to the public. Short for initial public offering.

An Individual Savings Account (ISA) is a scheme that allows a person to hold cash, shares and unit trusts, free of any type of tax.

An index that assesses the state of the US manufacturing sector by surveying executives on expectations for future production, new orders, inventories, employment and deliveries. Values over 50 generally indicate an expansion, while values below 50 indicate contraction.

An index that surveys service sector firms for their outlook, representing the other 80% of the US economy not covered by the ISM Manufacturing Report. Values over 50 generally indicate an expansion, while values below 50 indicate contraction.

J

Measures the mood of businesses that directly service consumers such as waiters, drivers and beauticians. Readings above 50 generally signal improvements in sentiment.

Measures the total value of new orders placed with machine tool manufacturers. Machine tool orders are a measure of the demand for companies that make machines, a leading indicator of future industrial production. Strong data generally signals that manufacturing is improving and that the economy is in an expansion phase.

A name for the NEKKEI index.

K

To limit your trades due to inclement trading conditions. In either choppy or extremely narrow markets, it may be better to stay on the sidelines until a clear opportunity arises.

Nickname for NZD/USD (New Zealand Dollar/U.S. Dollar).

Option strategy that requires the underlying product to trade at a certain price before a previously bought option becomes active. Knock-ins are used to reduce premium costs of the underlying option and can trigger hedging activities once an option is activated.

Option strategy that requires the underlying product to trade at a certain price before a previously bought option becomes active. Knock-ins are used to reduce premium costs of the underlying option and can trigger hedging activities once an option is activated.

L

The last time you may trade a particular product.

The last day you may trade a particular product.

Statistics that are considered to predict future economic activity.

Two of the most popular hardware wallet models.

A price zone or particular price that is significant from a technical standpoint or based on reported orders/option interest.

Also known as margin, this is the percentage or fractional increase you can trade from the amount of capital you have available. It allows traders to trade notional values far higher than the capital they have. For example, leverage of 100:1 means you can trade a notional value 100 times greater than the capital in your trading account.

Short-term traders, referring largely to the hedge fund community.

Orders placed by traders to buy or sell a crypto-currency when the price meets a certain amount. They can be thought of as ‘for-sale’ signs. These orders are what are bought and sold against when traders place market orders.

Potential loss, debt or financial obligation.

The London Inter-Bank Offered Rate. Banks use LIBOR as a base rate for international lending.

An order that seeks to buy at lower levels than the current market or sell at higher levels than the current market. A limit order sets restrictions on the maximum price to be paid or the minimum price to be received. As an example, if the current price of USD/JPY is 117.00/05, then a limit order to buy USD would be at a price below the current market, e.g. 116.50.

Liquidity is the degree to which an asset – like property – can be quickly bought or sold in the market without affecting the price of that asset.

A market which has sufficient numbers of buyers and sellers for the price to move in a smooth manner.

The closing of an existing position through the execution of an offsetting transaction.

A unit to measure the amount of the deal. The value of the deal always corresponds to an integer number of lots.

Nickname for the Canadian dollar or the USD/CAD (U.S. Dollar/Canadian Dollar) currency pair.

Traders who have bought a product.

A position that appreciates in value if market price increases. When the base currency in the pair is bought, the position is said to be long. This position is taken with the expectation that the market will rise.

08:00 – 17:00 (London).

M

Moving Average Convergence Divergence. A trend indicator that shows the relationship between two moving averages of prices. More info: http://www.investopedia.com/terms/m/macd.asp

The longest-term trader who bases their trade decisions on fundamental analysis. A macro trade’s holding period can last anywhere from around six months to multiple years.

Measures the total output of the manufacturing aspect of the Industrial Production figures. This data only measures the 13 sub-sectors that relate directly to manufacturing. Manufacturing makes up approximately 80% of total Industrial Production.

A request from a broker or dealer for additional funds or other collateral on a position that has moved against the customer.

The total value held in a crypto-currency. It is calculated by multiplying the total supply of coins by the current price of an individual unit. This site shows a great run-down of each coin’s market cap: http://coincap.io/

A dealer who regularly quotes both bid and ask prices and is ready to make a two-sided market for any financial product.

A simple purchase or sale on an exchange at the current price. Market buys purchase the cheapest ETH available on the order book, and market sells fill the most expensive buy order on the books.

The act of ‘magnifying’ the intensity of your trades by risking your existing coins. (NOTE: Very risky, only for experienced traders and only on certain exchanges even then)

An order to buy or sell at the current price.

Process of re-evaluating all open positions in light of current market prices. These new values then determine margin requirements.

The date of settlement or expiry of a financial product.

Refers to Medley Global Advisors, a market consultancy that maintains close contacts with central bank and government officials around the world. Their reports can frequently move the currency market as they purport to have inside information from policy makers. The accuracy of the reports has fluctuated over time, but the market still pays attention to them in the short-run.

MyEtherWallet. A free site that can generate ethereum software wallets for you.

Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) legislates the regulation of investment services within the UK and the European Economic Area.

The process of trying to ‘solve’ the next block. It requires obscene amounts of computer processing power to do effectively, but is rewarded with ether.

A computer especially designed for processing proof-of-work blockchains, like Ethereum. They often consist of multiple high-end graphic processors (GPUs) to maximize their processing power.

Synonymous with black box. Systems that automatically buy and sell based on technical analysis or other quantitative algorithms.

Abbreviation for month-over-month, which is the change in a data series relative to the prior month’s level.

A series of technical studies (e.g. RSI, MACD, Stochastics, Momentum) that assesses the rate of change in prices.

Traders who align themselves with an intra-day trend that attempts to grab 50-100 pips.

In the crypto-world, this does not mean exposing your buttocks. It is referring to a price going up astronomical levels.

A mutual fund is an investment comprised of a number of funds from various investors with the purpose of investing in securities like stocks, bonds and other assets.

N

An abbreviation for the NASDAQ 100 index.

The amount of currency bought or sold which has not yet been offset by opposite transactions.

8:00am – 5:00pm (New York time).

A computer that possesses a copy of the blockchain and is working to maintain it.

An option that pays a fixed amount to the holder if the market never touches the predetermined Barrier Level.

Symbol for NYSE Composite index.

O

The price at which the market is prepared to sell a product. Prices are quoted two-way as Bid/Offer. The Offer price is also known as the Ask. The Ask represents the price at which a trader can buy the base currency, which is shown to the right in a currency pair. For example, in the quote USD/CHF 1.4527/32, the base currency is USD, and the ask price is 1.4532, meaning you can buy one US dollar for 1.4532 Swiss francs.

In CFD trading, the Ask represents the price a trader can buy the product. For example, in the quote for UK OIL 111.13/111.16, the product quoted is UK OIL and the ask price is £111.16 for one unit of the underlying market.*

If a market is said to be trading offered, it means a pair is attracting heavy selling interest, or offers.

A trade that cancels or offsets some or all of the market risk of an open position.

Attempting to sell at the current market order price.

A designation for two orders whereby if one part of the two orders is executed, then the other is automatically cancelled.

An option that pays a fixed amount to the holder if the market touches the predetermined Barrier Level.

An order that will be executed when a market moves to its designated price. Normally associated with good ’til cancelled orders.

An active trade with corresponding unrealized P&L, which has not been offset by an equal and opposite deal.

A derivative which gives the right, but not the obligation, to buy or sell a product at a specific price before a specified date.

An instruction to execute a trade.

A system used to show market depth of traders willing to buy and sell at prices beyond the best available.

Used to describe any transaction that is not conducted via an exchange.

A trade that remains open until the next business day.

P

A pension is any plan, fund or scheme that will provide a person with funds once they have retired.

Waiting for certain levels or news events to hit the market before entering a position.

When only part of an order has been executed.

A market that moves a great distance in a very short period of time, frequently moving in an accelerating fashion that resembles one half of a parabola. Parabolic moves can be either up or down.

A very heavy round of selling.

The forex quoting convention of matching one currency against the other.

Refers to the offer side of the market dealing.

Measures an individual’s total annual gross earnings from wages, business enterprises and various investments. Personal income is the key to personal spending, which accounts for 2/3 of GDP in the major economies.

The smallest unit of price for any foreign currency, pips refer to digits added to or subtracted from the fourth decimal place, i.e. 0.0001.

Exposure to changes in governmental policy which may have an adverse effect on an investor’s position.

A collection of investments owned by an entity.

The net total holdings of a given product.

Proof-of-work. The current consensus algorithm used by Ethereum.

Proof-of-stake (not piece of shit). The proposed future consensus algorithm to be used by Ethereum. Instead of mining in its current form, people that own ETH will be able to ‘lock up’ their ether for a short amount of time in order to ‘vote’ and generate network consensus. The plan is that these stakeholders will be rewarded with ETH by doing so.

The amount by which the forward or futures price exceeds the spot price.

The price/earnings ratio is the ratios of a company’s stock price to the company’s earnings per share. This ratio is often used when valuing a business. It can be calculated by dividing the current market price of a company by its earnings.

Describes quotes to which every market participant has equal access.

The difference between the cost price and the sale price, when the sale price is higher than the cost price.

The tendency of a trending market to retrace a portion of the gains before continuing in the same direction.

The recurring cycle of an altcoin getting a ton of attention, leading to a fast price increase, and then of course followed by a huge crash.

An economic indicator which indicates the performance of manufacturing companies within a country.

Measures the outlook of purchasing managers in the service sector. Such managers are surveyed on a number of subjects including employment, production, new orders, supplier deliveries and inventories. Readings above 50 generally indicate expansion, while readings below 50 suggest economic contraction.

A product which gives the owner the right, but not the obligation, to sell it at a specified price.

Q

When a central bank injects money into an economy with the aim of stimulating growth.

A type of future with expiry dates every three months (once per quarter).

An indicative market price, normally used for information purposes only.

R

An upcoming protocol change to Ethereum that will enable high-speed transfers across the network. It is similar in some aspects to Bitcoin’s planned Lightning Network. The name, I assume, comes from the Mortal Kombat character named Raiden that can shoot lightning. More reading available at: https://themerkle.com/what-is-the-raiden-network/

A recovery in price after a period of decline.

When a price is trading between a defined high and low, moving within these two boundaries without breaking out from them.

The price of one currency in terms of another, typically used for dealing purposes.

Reserve Bank of Australia, the central bank of Australia.

Reserve Bank of New Zealand, the central bank of New Zealand.

Traders of significant size including pension funds, asset managers, insurance companies, etc. They are viewed as indicators of major long-term market interest, as opposed to shorter-term, intra-day speculators.

An investment return is the gain or loss on a security over a given period of time. This is usually measured as a percentage.

Measures the monthly retail sales of all goods and services sold by retailers based on a sampling of different types and sizes. This data provides a look into consumer spending behavior, which is a key determinant of growth in all major economies.

An individual investor who trades with money from personal wealth, rather than on behalf of an institution.

A price that may act as a ceiling. The opposite of support.

In investment, rebalancing is the process of analysing a portfolio of assets and realigning it to the investor’s initial desired level of asset allocation.

The amount of money you have made or lost when a position has been closed.

When a pegged currency is allowed to strengthen or rise as a result of official actions; the opposite of a devaluation.

A form of corporate action where shareholders are given rights to purchase more stock. Normally issued by companies in an attempt to raise capital.

Exposure to uncertain change, most often used with a negative connotation of adverse change.

The employment of financial analysis and trading techniques to reduce and/or control exposure to various types of risk.

An indicator of the status of your open positions; that is, unrealized money that you would gain or lose should you close all your open positions at that point in time.

A trade that has been opened and subsequently closed by an equal and opposite deal.

A rollover is the simultaneous closing of an open position for today’s value date and the opening of the same position for the next day’s value date at a price reflecting the interest rate differential between the two currencies. 

In the spot forex market, trades must be settled in two business days. For example, if a trader sells 100,000 Euros on Tuesday, then the trader must deliver 100,000 Euros on Thursday, unless the position is rolled over. As a service to customers, all open forex positions at the end of the day (5:00 PM New York time) are automatically rolled over to the next settlement date. The rollover adjustment is simply the accounting of the cost-of-carry on a day-to-day basis.  

Return on Investment. The percentage of how much money has been made compared to an initial investment. (i.e., 100% ROI means someone doubled their money).

Symbol for Russell 2000 index.

S

A group of securities that operate in a similar industry.

The Securities and Exchange Commission.

The current market price. Settlement of spot transactions usually occurs within two business days.

Code that is deployed onto the Ethereum blockchain, often directly interacting with how money flows. Not my quote, but: “A normal transaction allows you to send money from A to B. Smart contracts allow you to send money from A to B, on the condition that C happens.”

A market whereby products are traded at their market price for immediate exchange.

Refers to central banks active in the spot market.

One of the most popular languages that smart contracts can be written in. Has some similarities to Javascript.

Storage for crypto-currency that exists purely as software files on a computer. Software wallets can be generated for free from a variety of sources. MyEtherWallet (MEW) is one of the popular. (more on MEW below)

Swiss National Bank, the central bank of Switzerland.

Choppy trading conditions that lack any meaningful trend and/or follow-through.

A term used when the market feels like it is ready for a quick move in any direction.

The difference between the price that was requested and the price obtained typically due to changing market conditions.

A self-invested personal pension (SIPP) is a type of pension plan that allows an investor to choose and manage how investments are made.

A simple average of a pre-defined number of price bars. For example, a 50 period daily chart SMA is the average closing price of the previous 50 daily closing bars. Any time interval can be applied.

Traders staying out of the markets due to directionless, choppy or unclear market conditions are said to be on the sidelines or sitting on their hands.

Traders who have sold, or shorted, a product, or those who are bearish on the market.

A situation in which traders are heavily positioned on the short side and a market catalyst causes them to cover (buy) in a hurry, causing a sharp price increase.

An investment position that benefits from a decline in market price. When the base currency in the pair is sold, the position is said to be short.

After a decline, traders who earlier went short begin buying back.

Someone essentially advertising another crypto-currency. If a coin is promised to cure cancer or be the second coming of Jesus, it’s being shilled.

Symbol for the Shanghai A index.

A scaling solution for blockchains. Typically, every node in a blockchain network houses a complete copy of the blockchain. Sharding is a method that allows nodes to have partial copies of the complete blockchain in order to increase overall network performance and consensus speeds.

The process by which a trade is entered into the books, recording the counterparts to a transaction. The settlement of currency trades may or may not involve the actual physical exchange of one currency for another.

Taking a short position in expectation that the market is going to go down.

Using a depth chart, traders can see the current limit buy and sell points.

The purchase or sale of a product for immediate delivery (as opposed to a date in the future). Spot contracts are typically settled electronically.

The difference between the bid and offer prices.

A name for the S&P index.

Purchase and sales are in balance and thus the dealer has no open position.

A crypto-currency with extremely low volatility that can be used to trade against the overall market.

A nickname for the British pound or the GBP/USD (Great British Pound/U.S. Dollar) currency pair.

A market on which securities are traded.

The combined price of a group of stocks – expressed against a base number – to allow assessment of how the group of companies is performing relative to the past.

This is an order placed to buy above the current price, or to sell below the current price. These orders are useful if you believe the market is heading in one direction and you have a target entry price.

When a market seems to be reaching for a certain level that is believed to be heavy with stops. If stops are triggered, then the price will often jump through the level as a flood of stop-loss orders are triggered.

The nickname for the Swiss franc or the USD/CHF (U.S. Dollar/Swiss Franc) currency pair.

A currency swap is the simultaneous sale and purchase of the same amount of a given currency at a forward exchange rate.

A temporary halt in the trading of a product.

A technique used in technical analysis that indicates a specific price ceiling and floor at which a given exchange rate will automatically correct itself. Opposite of resistance.

A price that acts as a floor for past or future price movements.

The defined price at which the holder of an option can buy or sell the product.

Refers to stop-loss orders building up; the accumulation of stop-loss orders to buy above the market in an upmove, or to sell below the market in a downmove.

A stop order is an order to buy or sell once a pre-defined price is reached. When the price is reached, the stop order becomes a market order and is executed at the best available price. It is important to remember that stop orders can be affected by market gaps and slippage, and will not necessarily be executed at the stop level if the market does not trade at this price. A stop order will be filled at the next available price once the stop level has been reached. Placing contingent orders may not necessarily limit your losses.

This is an order placed to sell below the current price (to close a long position), or to buy above the current price (to close a short position). Stop loss orders are an important risk management tool. By setting stop loss orders against open positions you can limit your potential downside should the market move against you. Remember that stop orders do not guarantee your execution price – a stop order is triggered once the stop level is reached, and will be executed at the next available price.

T

Trend Analysis or Technical Analysis. Refers to the process of examining current charts in order to predict which way the market will move next.

Assuming control of a company by buying its stock.

The process by which charts of past price patterns are studied for clues as to the direction of future price movements.

Traders who base their trading decisions on technical or charts analysis.

US government-issued debt which is repayable in ten years. For example, a US 10-year note.

A potential future event wherein Ethereum’s market cap surpasses Bitcoin’s market cap, making Ethereum the most ‘valuable’ crypto-currency. This site shows the progress of the Flippening in real-time: http://www.flippening.watch/

A illiquid, slippery or choppy market environment. A light-volume market that produces erratic trading conditions.

UK government-issued debt which is repayable in 30 years. For example, a UK 30-year gilt.

A minimum change in price, up or down.

The time remaining until a contract expires.

“This is it, gentlemen”. Used to point out positive things that are currently happening. http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=This%20is%20gentlemen

09:00 – 18:00 (Tokyo).

Refers to the ‘currency’ of projects built on the ethereum network that have raised money via issuing their own tokens. Examples:
GNT – Golem
REP – Augur
BAT – Basic Attention Token
ICN – Iconomi

Simultaneous buying and selling of a currency for delivery the following day.

The total expense ratio of a fund measures the total costs that come with managing and operating an investment. The total cost of this is then divided by the fund’s total assets to arrive at a percentage amount.

Stands for “take profit.” Refers to limit orders that look to sell above the level that was bought, or buy back below the level that was sold.

Measures the difference in value between imported and exported goods and services. Nations with trade surpluses (exports greater than imports), such as Japan, tend to see their currencies appreciate, while countries with trade deficits (imports greater than exports), such as the US, tend to see their currencies weaken.

The number of units of product in a contract or lot.

A pair is acting strong and/or moving higher; bids keep entering the market and pushing prices up.

A postponement to trading that is not a suspension from trading.

A market that feels like it wants to move lower, usually associated with an offered market that will not rally despite buying attempts.

Symbol for CBOE 10-Year Treasury Yield Index.

When both a bid and offer rate is quoted for a forex transaction.

The total money value or volume of all executed transactions in a given time period.

Price movement that produces a net change in value. An uptrend is identified by higher highs and higher lows. A downtrend is identified by lower highs and lower lows.

The date on which a trade occurs.

The cost of buying or selling a financial product.

A trailing stop allows a trade to continue to gain in value when the market price moves in a favorable direction, but automatically closes the trade if the market price suddenly moves in an unfavorable direction by a specified distance. Placing contingent orders may not necessarily limit your losses.

The range between the highest and lowest price of a stock usually expressed with reference to a period of time. For example: 52-week trading range.

A pair is acting weak and/or moving lower, and offers to sell keep coming into the market.

The range between the highest and lowest price of a stock usually expressed with reference to a period of time. For example: 52-week trading range.

A trailing stop allows a trade to continue to gain in value when the market price moves in a favorable direction, but automatically closes the trade if the market price suddenly moves in an unfavorable direction by a specified distance. Placing contingent orders may not necessarily limit your losses.

The cost of buying or selling a financial product.

The date on which a trade occurs.

Price movement that produces a net change in value. An uptrend is identified by higher highs and higher lows. A downtrend is identified by lower highs and lower lows.

The total money value or volume of all executed transactions in a given time period.

When both a bid and offer rate is quoted for a forex transaction.

Symbol for CBOE 10-Year Treasury Yield Index.

U

Describing unforgiving market conditions that can be violent and quick.

Measures the average wage including/excluding bonuses paid to employees. This is measured quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) from the previous year.

Measures the number of people claiming unemployment benefits. The claimant count figures tend to be lower than the unemployment data since not all of the unemployed are eligible for benefits.

Measures the relative level of UK house prices for an indication of trends in the UK real estate sector and their implication for the overall economic outlook. This index is the longest monthly data series of any UK housing index, published by the largest UK mortgage lender (Halifax Building Society/Bank of Scotland).

Measures the change in the number of people claiming unemployment benefits over the previous month.

Measures the change in total labor cost expended in the production of one unit of output.

A name for Brent Crude Oil.

Measures the rate of inflation experienced by manufacturers when purchasing materials and services. This data is closely scrutinized since it can be a leading indicator of consumer inflation.

Measures the rate of inflation experienced by manufacturers when selling goods and services.

A name for the FTSE 100 index.

The actual traded market from where the price of a product is derived.

Measures the total workforce that is unemployed and actively seeking employment, measured as a percentage of the labor force.

Polls 500 US households each month. The report is issued in a preliminary version mid-month and a final version at the end of the month. Questions revolve around individuals’ attitudes about the US economy. Consumer sentiment is viewed as a proxy for the strength of consumer spending.

The theoretical gain or loss on open positions valued at current market rates, as determined by the broker in its sole discretion. Unrealized gains/losses become profits/losses when the position is closed.

A new price quote at a price higher than the preceding quote.

In the US, a regulation whereby a security may not be sold short unless the last trade prior to the short sale was at a price lower than the price at which the short sale is executed.

The interest rate at which US banks will lend to their prime corporate customers.

A name for the Dow Jones index.

V

Also known as the maturity date, it is the date on which counterparts to a financial transaction agree to settle their respective obligations, i.e., exchanging payments. For spot currency transactions, the value date is normally two business days forward.

In short, value at risk measures the risk of a person’s investment, estimating how much the investment may lose in a set time period.

Funds traders must hold in their accounts to have the required margin necessary to cope with market fluctuations.

Shows the market’s expectation of 30-day volatility. It is constructed using the implied volatilities of a wide range of S&P 500 index options. The VIX is a widely used measure of market risk and is often referred to as the “investor fear gauge.”

Referring to active markets that often present trade opportunities.

One of the primary co-founders of Ethereum (and certainly the most well-known). A brief biography is available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitalik_Buterin

W

A wealth manager is a high-level professional that provides their clients with financial and investment advice, accounting and tax services, retirement planning and legal or estate planning services.

Chart formation that shows a narrowing price range over time, where price highs in an ascending wedge decrease incrementally, or in a descending wedge, price declines are incrementally smaller. Ascending wedges typically conclude with a downside breakout and descending wedges typically terminate with upside breakouts.

The smallest denomination of ether. 1 Ether = 1000000000000000000 Wei (1018)

Someone that owns absurd amounts of crypto-currency.

Slang for a highly volatile market where a sharp price movement is quickly followed by a sharp reversal.

Measures the changes in prices paid by retailers for finished goods. Inflationary pressures typically show earlier than the headline retail.

Where a limit order has been requested but not yet filled.

Acronym for The Wall Street Journal.

X

Symbol for Silver Index.

Symbol for Gold Index.

Y

A billion units.

The percentage return from an investment.

Abbreviation for year over year.

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