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Should you be using a Decision-support tool?

A Decision-support tool is any tool that provides an unbiased second opinion and reliable support throughout an investor's or trader's... read more »

What is meant by “Big Fiqure”?

"Big Fiqure" is a dealers phrase referring to the first few digits of an exchange rate. These digits rarely change in normal market fluctuations, and... read more »

What is a “Crawling Peg”?

Definition of 'Crawling Peg' A system of exchange rate adjustment in which a currency with a fixed exchange rate is allowed to fluctuate within... read more »

Spread Trading – Futures vs FX

Futures - In Futures Spread Trading the trader simultaneously buys (longs) and sells (shorts) futures contracts for two related commodities or... read more »

What are the ins and outs of a Roll-Over?

A rollover is the interest paid or earned on an open position held past the close of the NY trading at 1700 ET (5:00PM ET) reflecting the interest... read more »

Quantitative Easing?

Quantitative easing is a monetary tool used by central banks to encourage spending within an economy. One of the most well-known instances of... read more »

What is LIBOR?

London Inter-Bank Offer Rate or LIBOR The standard for the interest rate that banks charge each other for loans (usually in Eurodollars ). This rate... read more »

What Is A Recession?

In economics, a recession is a business cycle contraction, a general slowdown in economic activity. During recessions,... read more »

What is the Bid-To-Cover Ratio?

The Bid-To-Cover Ratio is a ratio used to express the demand for a particular security during offerings and auctions. In general, it is used... read more »

What Is The January Effect?

The January Effect is a calendar-related anomaly in the financial market where financial security prices increase in the month of January. This... read more »

What Is Biflation?

Biflation (sometimes mixflation) is a state of the economy where the processes of inflation and deflation occur simultaneously.   During Biflation,... read more »

What Is Window Dressing?

In finance, a strategy used by mutual fund and portfolio managers near the year or quarter end to improve the appearance of the portfolio/fund... read more »

What is a Santa Claus Rally?

A Santa Claus Rally is a rise in stock prices in the month of December, generally seen over the final week of trading prior to the new year. The... read more »

What Is Black Friday?

Black Friday is a popular label attached to the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the US. This day marks the beginning of the busy shopping season... read more »

What Is A Technocrat?

Technocrats are individuals with technical training and occupations who perceive many important societal problems as being solvable, often while... read more »

What Is a Confidence Vote?

A confidence vote is a motion proposed in a  parliament or other assembly to give members the chance to express their confidence in a government... read more »

What is a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV)?

A special purpose vehicle (SPV) or special purpose entity (SPE) is a company that is created solely for a particular financial transaction or series... read more »

What Is Stagflation?

Stagflation is an economic condition in which the inflation rate is high and the economic growth rate slows down and unemployment remains steadily... read more »

What is a Bull Pennant Pattern?

The Bull Pennant Pattern is a multi-candle pattern that is usually found within the uptrend of a currency pair.  It is a continuation pattern... read more »

Who is the “Troika”?

With relation to current events, the Troika is vernacular for the 3-part commission that is charged with monitoring the Euro debt crisis.  They are... read more »