Trading Instruments Education

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  1. Sudden Stop

    A sudden stop is an abrupt reduction in net capital flows into an economy.
  2. Valoren Number

    A valoren number is an identification number assigned to financial instruments in Switzerland. These numbers are similar ...
  3. Bear Straddle

    A speculative options trading strategy where you buy a short position in both a call and a put that have the same strike ...
  4. Platinum

    A chemical element, precious metal and commodity used primarily in jewelry, electronics and automobiles.
  5. 5 Money-Saving Shopping Tips

    Reducing the amount you spend is the easiest way to make your money grow.
  6. Bid Wanted

    Bid wanted refers to an investor's announcement that the investor is selling a security, telling interested parties that ...
  7. Reverse Greenshoe Option

    A Reverse Greenshoe Option in a public offering underwriting agreement that gives the underwriter the right to sell the issuer ...
  8. Generic Securities

    A generic security is backed by recently issued loans or mortgages. Its value is less than that of a security, whose backing ...
  9. Price Improvement

    Price improvement involves attaining a higher bid price, if selling a stock, or a lower ask price, if buying a stock, than ...
  10. Bellwether

    A bellwether is an event or indicator that shows the possible presence of a trend.
  11. Equity Market Capitalization

    Equity market capitalization is the measure of the total market value of an equity market.
  12. The Basics Of Forex Algorithmic Trading

    Learn more about algorithmic trading in forex markets, which automates certain processes and reduces the hours needed to ...
  13. Choosing Between Dollar-Cost And Value Averaging

    Learn more about dollar-cost and value averaging, two investing methods that seek to counter our natural inclination toward ...
  14. Trading Forex With Binary Options

    Binary options are an alternative way, with a major advantage, for traders to play the forex market.
  15. How do I use the Relative Strength Index (RSI) to create a forex trading strategy?

    Learn more about the relative strength index (RSI), used to indicate temporary overbought or oversold conditions in a market, ...
  16. Backpricing

    Backpricing is a pricing method used in specific futures contracts.
  17. HedgeStreet

    HedgeStreet was a platform for retail trading of derivatives that is now known as Nadex.
  18. How Leverage Is Used In Forex Trading

    The use of leverage in forex trading is often likened to a double-edged sword, since it magnifies both gains and losses.
  19. Dojima Rice Exchange

    The Dojima Rice Exchange was the world's first commodity futures exchange. It was established in 1697 in Osaka, Japan and ...
  20. How do I use the Zig Zag Indicator to create a forex trading strategy?

    Take an in-depth look at how to apply the Zig Zag indicator to a forex trading strategy.
  21. Grain Futures Act of 1922

    The Grain Futures Act of 1922 is a statute passed in 1922 by the U.S government restricting the trading of grain futures ...
  22. Premium Put Convertible

    A premium put convertible is a debt security which allows the bondholder to redeem the bond at a premium before its maturity ...
  23. Trinomial Option Pricing Model

    The trinomial option pricing model is an option pricing model incorporating three possible values that an underlying asset ...
  24. The Kingpin of Wall Street: J.P. Morgan

    From robber baron to the hero of the Panic of 1907, this man helped shape Wall Street as we know it.
  25. Assessable Stock

    Assessable stock is a defunct type of primary offering in which the issuing company is allowed to impose levies on stockholders ...
  26. Easy Ways to Cut Rental Costs

    If rent payments are crippling your finances, read on to learn how to save money.
  27. BAX Contract

    A BAX contract is a short-term investment instrument traded on the Montreal Exchange that tracks the nominal value of a Canadian ...
  28. Getting To Know The "Greeks"

    Understanding price, time and volatility influences on options positions require learning about delta, theta, vega and gamma. ...
  29. The Basics of Options Profitability

    Learn the various ways traders make money with options, and how it works.
  30. Back Months

    Back months are the available futures contracts for a particular commodity that expire furthest into the future.
  31. Sour Crude

    Sour crude is a type of crude oil with a high amount of sulfur, an impurity. It earns the designation if the total sulfur ...
  32. Supplemental Liquidity Provider (SLP)

    Supplemental Liquidity Providers (SLPs) are market participants that use sophisticated high-speed computers and algorithms ...
  33. Inflationary Risk

    Inflationary risk is the uncertainty over the future real value (after inflation) of your investment.
  34. Allocation Notice

    An allocation notice, or exercise notice, notifies the option seller that the holder has exercised and wishes to buy or sell ...
  35. How is a put option exercised?

    Learn the process, and what happens, when you exercise a put option. Also read about alternatives to exercising an option.
  36. Different Types of Swaps

    Identify and explore the most common types of swap contracts.
  37. How does the ISIN numbering system work?

    International Securities Identification Numbering (ISIN) system codes all sorts of securities with unique identification ...
  38. Small Trader

    A small trader has buying or trading activities that are below the required reporting thresholds specified by the relevant ...
  39. Delivery Notice

    Delivery notice is part of a futures contract that spells out the details of delivering a commodity for settlement.
  40. Carrying Charge Market

    Carrying charge market is one in which contracts longer-term maturity dates have higher future prices relative to current ...
  41. What is the difference between in the money and out of the money?

    Learn how the difference between in the money and out of the money options is determined by the relationship between strike ...
  42. If everyone is selling in a bear market, does your broker have to buy your shares from you?

    Learn about who the counterparty to your trades is, and how your broker functions during a market sell off.
  43. Trade Reporting And Compliance Engine - TRACE

    TRACE is a program that allows for the reporting of over-the-counter transactions for eligible fixed-income securities.
  44. Reference Obligation

    A reference obligation is a specific underlying debt upon which a credit derivative is based.
  45. Commercial Grain Stock

    Commercial grain stock is the amount of harvested grain crops stored domestically.
  46. Starting a Small Business in Tough Economic Times

    We provide six tips for creating a winning business in a losing economy.
  47. Call Rule

    The call rule is a rule for trading markets that makes the next day's opening price for a commodity equal to the closing ...
  48. Intermarket Analysis

    Intermarket analysis looks at related asset classes or financial markets to determine their strength or weakness.
  49. Fully Subscribed

    Fully subscribed means an underwriting firm has successfully sold all of its available issues of a public offering of securities ...
  50. Options Roll Up

    An options roll up is a change from one option position to another with a higher strike price.
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Hot Definitions
  1. Price-Earnings Ratio - P/E Ratio

    The Price-to-Earnings Ratio or P/E ratio is a ratio for valuing a company that measures its current share price relative ...
  2. Internal Rate of Return - IRR

    Internal Rate of Return (IRR) is a metric used in capital budgeting to estimate the profitability of potential investments.
  3. Limit Order

    An order placed with a brokerage to buy or sell a set number of shares at a specified price or better.
  4. Current Ratio

    The current ratio is a liquidity ratio that measures a company's ability to pay short-term and long-term obligations.
  5. Return on Investment (ROI)

    Return on Investment (ROI) is a performance measure used to evaluate the efficiency of an investment or compare the efficiency ...
  6. Interest Coverage Ratio

    The interest coverage ratio is a debt ratio and profitability ratio used to determine how easily a company can pay interest ...
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