Market Maven

DEFINITION of 'Market Maven'

A slang term used to describe an investor who is "in-the-know." The term "market maven" usually refers to an individual who is a market participant with a great deal of knowledge and connections, thus having a trusted opinion on market events or speculation. Historical success in the market is typically the driving force behind those who are considered mavens and those who are not.

BREAKING DOWN 'Market Maven'

In general, the term is used to describe consumers who have up-to-date information about products, places to shop and different markets. This definition makes sense when talking in the context of the stock market, as the nature of the market itself is highly speculative and based upon opinions in most cases. The media looks to market mavens for opinions and strategies for retail investors and onlookers to follow.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Opinion Shopping

    The practice of searching for an outside auditor who will provide ...
  2. Pundit

    A person that publicly expresses their opinions or comments on ...
  3. Evening Up

    A slang phrase used to describe an investor who closes a position ...
  4. Auditor's Opinion

    A certification that accompanies financial statements and is ...
  5. Accountant's Opinion

    A statement signed by an independent accountant outlining his ...
  6. Yankee Market

    A slang term for the stock market in the United States. Yankee ...
Related Articles
  1. Professionals

    Speculating

    Speculating
  2. Stock Analysis

    Where Does Yahoo (YHOO) Go From Here?

    Yahoo operates in a competitive environment, but if it makes the right deals there's no reason why it can't thrive.
  3. Term

    Why Companies Welcome an Unqualified Opinion

    An unqualified opinion is an independent auditor’s opinion that a company’s financial statements are fair and accurate.
  4. Trading Strategies

    Can Perpetual Contrarians Profit As Traders?

    Succeeding as a contrarian is all about knowing when to act on your opinion about the next turn in the market.
  5. Options & Futures

    Market Speculators: More Help Than Harm

    Speculators often get a bad rap, but it's important to remember that they only observe trends, not manipulate them.
  6. Fundamental Analysis

    3 Reasons To Not Sell After a Market Downturn

    Find out the reasons that it is not a good idea to sell after a market downturn. There are lessons to be learned from the last major market downturn.
  7. Active Trading Fundamentals

    Speculation

    It may sometimes be difficult to distinguish between speculation and investment - learn more about how the speculation differs from investment in terms of risk taken and gains achieved.
  8. Active Trading Fundamentals

    Digging Deeper Into Bull And Bear Markets

    Discover why it's important to know the characteristics of the two types of market conditions.
  9. Personal Finance

    Who You Know Might Matter More

    The saying: "It's not what you know, but who you know," might just be true. Here's a look at why connections are so important in business and job searches.
  10. Professionals

    Types Of Financial Markets And Their Roles

    We check out the many different types of financial markets and how they fit into the overal economy.
RELATED FAQS
  1. Do speculators have a destabilizing effect on the financial system?

    A speculator is anyone who trades derivatives, commodities, bonds, equities or currencies with higher-than-average risk in ... Read Answer >>
  2. What is the difference between speculation and hedging?

    Learn about speculation and hedging, the difference between them, and how traders and investors speculate and hedge. Read Answer >>
  3. What is the difference between a revocable trust and a living trust?

    Learn how a revocable trust and living trust are two terms used to describe the same thing and what the key provisions are ... Read Answer >>
  4. Why would an investor consider purchasing electronic stocks for their portfolio?

    Discover why an investor would consider buying electronics securities as part of an investment portfolio and which stocks ... Read Answer >>
  5. Why is the British pound / U.S. dollar currency pair known as "trading the cable"?

    The British pound / U.S. dollar currency pair is one of the oldest and most widely-traded currency pairs in the world. The ... Read Answer >>
  6. What is the difference between revocable and irrevocable intervivos trusts?

    Learn what an inter-vivos trust is, the difference between an irrevocable and a revocable inter-vivos trust, and why it is ... Read Answer >>
Hot Definitions
  1. Cost Of Debt

    The effective rate that a company pays on its current debt. This can be measured in either before- or after-tax returns; ...
  2. Yield Curve

    A line that plots the interest rates, at a set point in time, of bonds having equal credit quality, but differing maturity ...
  3. Stop-Limit Order

    An order placed with a broker that combines the features of stop order with those of a limit order. A stop-limit order will ...
  4. Keynesian Economics

    An economic theory of total spending in the economy and its effects on output and inflation. Keynesian economics was developed ...
  5. Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications ...

    A member-owned cooperative that provides safe and secure financial transactions for its members. Established in 1973, the ...
  6. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles - GAAP

    The common set of accounting principles, standards and procedures that companies use to compile their financial statements. ...
Trading Center