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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 FX 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 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 also represents the price at which 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.*

At best An instruction given to a dealer to buy or sell at the best rate that can be obtained at a specific time. At or better An instruction given to a dealer to buy or sell at a specific price or better. AUS 200 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. Aussie Refers to the AUD/USD (Australian Dollar/U.S. Dollar) pair. Also "Oz" or "Ozzie".

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.

Barrier level 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. Barrier option 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. Base currency 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. Base rate The lending rate of the central bank of a given country. Basing 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. Basis point A unit of measurement used to describe the minimum change in the price of a product. Bearish/Bear market 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. Bears Traders who expect prices to decline and may be holding short positions. Bid/ask spread The difference between the bid and the ask (offer) price. Bid 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.* Big figure 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. BIS 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. Black box The term used for systematic, model-based or technical traders. Blow off The upside equivalent of capitulation. When shorts throw in the towel and cover any remaining short positions. BOC Bank of Canada, the central bank of Canada. BOE Bank of England, the central bank of the UK. BOJ Bank of Japan, the central bank of Japan. Bollinger bands 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. Bond A name for debt which is issued for a specified period of time. Book In a professional trading environment, a book is the summary of a trader's or desk's total positions. British Retail Consortium (BRC) shop price index 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. Broker 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. Buck Market slang for one million units of a dollar-based currency pair, or for the US dollar in general. Bullish/Bull market 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. Bulls Traders who expect prices to rise and who may be holding long positions. Bundesbank Germany's central bank. Buy Taking a long position on a product. Buy dips Looking to buy 20-30-pip/point pullbacks in the course of an intra-day trend.

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):

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

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Flat or flat reading Economic data readings matching the previous period's levels that are unchanged. Flat/square 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. Follow-through 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. FOMC Federal Open Market Committee, the policy-setting committee of the US Federal Reserve. FOMC minutes 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. Foreign exchange/forex/FX 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. Forward 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. Forward points The pips added to or subtracted from the current exchange rate in order to calculate a forward price. FRA40 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. FTSE 100 The name of the UK 100 index. Fundamental analysis 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. Funds Refers to hedge fund types active in the market. Also used as another term for the USD/CAD (U.S. Dollar/Canadian Dollar) pair. Future An agreement between two parties to execute a transaction at a specified time in the future when the price is agreed in the present. Futures contract 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.

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

IMM International Monetary Market, the Chicago-based currency futures market, that is part of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. IMM futures A traditional futures contract based on major currencies against the US dollar. IMM futures are traded on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. IMM session 8:00am - 3:00pm New York. INDU Abbreviation for the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Industrial production 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. Inflation An economic condition whereby prices for consumer goods rise, eroding purchasing power. Initial margin requirement The initial deposit of collateral required to enter into a position. Interbank rates The foreign exchange rates which large international banks quote to each other. Interest Adjustments in cash to reflect the effect of owing or receiving the notional amount of equity of a CFD position. Intervention 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. Introducing broker A person or corporate entity which introduces accounts to a broker in return for a fee. INX Symbol for S&P 500 index. IPO A private company’s initial offer of stock to the public. Short for initial public offering. ISM manufacturing index 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. ISM non-manufacturing 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.

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.*

Offered If a market is said to be trading offered, it means a pair is attracting heavy selling interest, or offers. Offsetting transaction A trade that cancels or offsets some or all of the market risk of an open position. On top Attempting to sell at the current market order price. One cancels the other order (OCO) A designation for two orders whereby if one part of the two orders is executed, then the other is automatically cancelled. One touch An option that pays a fixed amount to the holder if the market touches the predetermined Barrier Level. Open order An order that will be executed when a market moves to its designated price. Normally associated with good 'til cancelled orders. Open position An active trade with corresponding unrealized P&L, which has not been offset by an equal and opposite deal. Option A derivative which gives the right, but not the obligation, to buy or sell a product at a specific price before a specified date. Order An instruction to execute a trade. Order book A system used to show market depth of traders willing to buy and sell at prices beyond the best available. Over the counter (OTC) Used to describe any transaction that is not conducted via an exchange. Overnight position A trade that remains open until the next business day.

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. Learn more about FOREX.com's rollover policy

Round trip A trade that has been opened and subsequently closed by an equal and opposite deal. Running profit/loss 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. RUT Symbol for Russell 2000 index.

The time remaining until a contract expires.

Tokyo session 09:00 – 18:00 (Tokyo). Tomorrow next (tom/next) Simultaneous buying and selling of a currency for delivery the following day. T/P 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. Trade balance 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. Trade size The number of units of product in a contract or lot. Trading bid A pair is acting strong and/or moving higher; bids keep entering the market and pushing prices up. Trading halt A postponement to trading that is not a suspension from trading. Trading heavy A market that feels like it wants to move lower, usually associated with an offered market that will not rally despite buying attempts. Trading offered A pair is acting weak and/or moving lower, and offers to sell keep coming into the market. Trading range 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. Trailing stop 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. Transaction cost The cost of buying or selling a financial product. Transaction date The date on which a trade occurs. Trend 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. Turnover The total money value or volume of all executed transactions in a given time period. Two-way price When both a bid and offer rate is quoted for a forex transaction. TYO10 Symbol for CBOE 10-Year Treasury Yield Index.

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