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Stock Trading Glossary of Terms

Acceleration is measure of the rate at which a stock's price increases or decreases over a period of time.

Activity Level is a measure of the volume of shares being bought and sold in a particular stock or market.

Advances & Declines is a measure of the number of stocks that have increased or decreased in price over a period of time.

After-hours trading refers to the buying and selling of securities outside of regular trading hours.

Analyst ratings provide investors with recommendations on whether to buy, hold, or sell a particular stock or security, based on the opinions of institutional investors.

Annual Report is a comprehensive report that publicly traded companies are required to publish each year, which includes information about the company's financial performance, operations, and future plans.

Arbitrage is a practice of buying and selling securities in different markets to take advantage of price discrepancies and make a profit.

Ascending Tops is a technical analysis chart pattern that indicates an upward trend in a stock's price.

Asset is a resource that has economic value and can be owned or controlled by an individual, company, or organization to generate future benefits or profits.

Averaging Down is a strategy in which an investor buys more shares of a stock as the price declines, in order to reduce the average cost per share.

Bear / Bull Trap occur when the price of a security appears to break out of an existing support or resistance level but then quickly reverses course, trapping traders who took action on the signal.

Balance Sheet is a financial statement that displays a company's assets, liabilities, and equity at a specific point in time.

Bear Market is market in which stock prices are falling and investor sentiment is negative.

Bar Chart is a technical analysis chart used to represent a movement of price over a period of time.

Base is a market support level after which a rally or breakout tipycally occurs.

Beta is a measure of a stock's volatility compared to the overall market.

Blue-Chip Stocks are large, industry-leading companies with a long history of stable earnings, consistent dividend payments, and a solid reputation for quality products and services.

Bollinger Bands
, which consist of upper and lower bands set on either side of a simple moving average (SMA) two standard deviations away from the market's SMA, are a widely used technical price indicator that can identify levels of support and resistance.

Bond is a fixed-income security that represents a loan made by an investor to a borrower, typically a company or government, used to finance its operations.

Bourse is a synonym to stock exchange. A second meaning is European stock exchange.

Breakout is a significant technical event in which the price of an asset moves through a support or resistance level, indicating a change in market sentiment and potentially leading to a new trend.

Bull Market is a market in which stock prices are rising and investor sentiment is positive.

Broker is licensed professional or a firm that buys and sells securities on behalf of clients in exchange for a commission or fee.

Bid is highest price that a buyer is willing to pay for a particular stock or security.

Buyback refers to a company's action of repurchasing its outstanding shares from the market in order to reduce the total number of shares available to the public.

Candlestock Charts are a popular financial charting tool that represent price movements using candlestick-shaped symbols, and are used by traders and investors to identify trends, patterns, and price levels.

Capitalization, also known as market capitalization or market cap, is a measure of a company's total market value. It is calculated by multiplying the total number of shares outstanding by the current market price per share.

Capital gains refer to the profit earned from the sale of an asset, and can be short-term or long-term, subject to taxes, and offset by capital losses.

Cash Flow Statement is a financial statement that provides information about a company's cash inflows and outflows over a specific time period through three main activities: operating, investing, and financing activities.

Charting  is a method of technical analysis that involves studying historical price patterns and movements of an asset to identify potential future price movements, and it is widely used by traders and investors to manage risk and identify potential buying or selling opportunities.

Close is the final price at which a stock or security trades at the end of a trading day (not including extended trading).

Congestion refers to a period of directionless trading within a range that is bound by support and resistance levels, where the price of an asset is unable to break out of the range.

Day Trading is practice of buying and selling securities within the same trading day, with the goal of profiting from short-term price movements. Never holds stocks overnight.

Deflation is a sustained decrease in the general price level of goods and services in an economy over time.

Divergence occurs when the price of an asset moves in an opposite direction to a technical indicator, such as volume, and can be a useful tool for identifying potential turning points in the market.

Dividend is a distribution of a portion of a company's earnings to its shareholders.

Earnings are profits generated by a company over a specific period of time.

ETFs are investment funds that track a basket of underlying assets, offering investors a low-cost and convenient way to diversify their portfolios, with lower expense ratios compared to actively managed mutual funds.

Exchange is a marketplace where securities, commodities, and other financial instruments are traded.

Execution is a process of completing a trade, in which a broker buys or sells securities on behalf of a client at the best available price.

FDIC insurance is a government-backed program that protects depositors' funds up to a certain amount in case of a bank failure.

Fibonacci ratios are a mathematical sequence derived from dividing one number in the sequence by the number that follows it, commonly used by technical analysts to identify potential price targets for retracements and extensions in a trend.

Haircut is a percentage reduction in the value of an asset that is used as collateral for a loan.

High is the highest price at which a stock or security trades during a particular trading session.

Holidays schedule for stock markets in the US.

Income Statement is a financial statement that displays a company's revenues and expenses over a specific time period, ultimately determining its profits or losses.

Index is a statistical measure of the performance of a group of stocks or the overall stock market.

Inflation is a measure of the rate, typically expressed as percentage points over a fixed period of time, at which the general level of prices for goods and services is increasing over time.

Individual Retirement Account (IRA) is a tax-advantaged investment account that individuals can use to save for retirement, with contributions made on a pre-tax or after-tax basis, and the funds grow tax-free until withdrawal.

Leverage is the use of borrowed funds to invest in securities or other assets, with the goal of increasing potential returns.

Liquidity is a financial metric that measures how easily and quickly an asset can be bought or sold without affecting its price.

Low is the lowwest price at which a stock or security trades during a particular trading session.

Margin is a type of investment strategy where investors borrow money from a broker to purchase securities, such as stocks or bonds.

Margin call occurs when an investor's account falls below the required minimum level of equity, and the broker demands that the investor deposit additional funds or securities to bring the account back up to the required level.

Open is the first price at which a stock or security trades at the beginning of a particular trading session.

Option is a type of financial contract that provides the holder with the choice, but not the obligation, to buy or sell an underlying asset at a predetermined price within a specific time frame if the price of the asset moves beyond a certain level.

Order is an instruction given by an investor to a broker to buy or sell a particular stock or security.

OTC Stocks are stocks that are traded "over the counter" and not on a formal stock exchange.

P/E ratio is a financial ratio that measures the relative value of a company's stock price to its earnings per share, indicating whether a stock is overvalued or undervalued.

Pink Sheet Stocks are stocks that are traded on the OTC market, often considered to be more speculative and less regulated than other types of stocks.

Point & Figure Charts is a charting technique that represents price changes using columns of X's and O's instead of the traditional price and time axes, eliminating noise and focusing on significant price movements.

Portfolio is a collection of stocks, bonds, and other securities held by an investor.

Pre-market refers to the period of time before regular market trading hours when investors can place trades and receive information about potential price movements of a stock.

Quote is the current price at which a stock or security is trading in the market.

Rally is a period of sustained upward movement in the stock market or in the price of a particular stock or security.

Recession is typically defined as a significant and widespread decline in economic activity, characterized by a contraction in Gross Domestic Product (GDP), employment, and other economic indicators.

Regular market hours refer to the period of time during which stock markets are open for trading, typically between 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time in the United States.

Resistance is a technical analysis term that refers to a price level where selling pressure is expected to be strong, causing the price to stop rising or even reverse its direction.

Risks refer to the likelihood or probability of an investment or business decision resulting in financial loss or negative consequences.

Roth IRA is a tax-advantaged retirement savings account that allows individuals to make after-tax contributions and withdraw the money tax-free in retirement, subject to certain conditions.

Stock Sector is a group of stocks that operate in the same industry or business sector.

Share Market is the market where stocks and other securities are bought and sold.

Short Selling is a practice of selling a stock or security that the seller does not own, with the expectation of buying it back at a lower price in the future.

Spread is a difference between the bid and ask prices for a particular stock or security.

Stagflation is an economic condition characterized by a combination of stagnant economic growth, high unemployment, and high inflation.

Support (Level) refers to a psychological, fundamental, or technical level where there are more buyers than sellers, limiting selling in a stock or market, and providing traders with a reference point for identifying potential buying opportunities and managing risk.

Traditional IRA is a tax-advantaged retirement savings account that allows individuals to make tax-deductible contributions, with the money growing tax-free until withdrawal in retirement when it is taxed as ordinary income

Trend is the overall direction of a market or stock, either bullish or bearish, and is a critical concept in technical analysis, while counter-trend refers to a temporary reversal against the prevailing trend.

Trendline is a technical analysis tool used to identify the direction and strength of a trend in a security's price over a chosen timeframe by connecting two or more points on a chart, and can help traders and investors identify key levels to buy or sell a security, as well as determine the overall strength of a trend.

Volatility is a measure of the degree of fluctuation in the price of a stock or security over a period of time.

Volume is the  total number of shares or contracts traded in a particular stock or security over a period of time.

Yield is the income generated by a stock or security, typically expressed as a percentage of its current price.


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