Friday, 16 November 2007

Recently I was listening to the radio and there was a discussion on what had happened on the stock market that day. The people involved in the conversation started to use some stock market slang, slang that is frequently used on radio and TV broadcasts and in the print media and I realised that it might be interesting to look at some of these terms, you can get more information from my YouTube mini lesson by clicking here.

The short list of stock market slang terms I am about to share with you is just that, a short list, it is not complete but it is a start.

When you go to the Wall St. district of New York you will see a big brass statue of a bull. Traditionally the terms bull is used to describe one market situation and the term bear describes a different market situations, these two words are the most commonly used stock market slang terms.

A bull or bullish market is when stock prices go up

A bear or bearish market is when stock prices go.

Another typical term used in the market is, crash.
In fact you might hear the term or read the phrase “today the market crashed”.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that the market lost all of the value of its shares, rather it means that the market value dropped by 10% or more in one days trading.

Another interesting slang term is V Rally, this happens when stock traders, usually on the floor of the stock market, sell a large amount of stock. What should happen at this point is a drop in the price of shares, the market should become bearish. However rather than falling all the way the market becomes bullish, i.e. goes up again. This bull trend normally occurs because of online trading.
So the term V Rally comes from the V shape that happens on a graph when the market goes down and then back up again.

Finally for now, let’s look at the market slang “All the boats rise”. This happens when the market is bullish and as a result the majority of stocks rise in value regardless of their true market worth. The phrase “all the boats rise” comes from the world of the sea.
If you have every been to a harbour and the tide is out all the boats will be low down by the harbour wall, however as the tide comes back in all the boats, regardless of size will come up to the top of the harbour wall again, and this is where the phrase “all the boats rise” comes from.

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