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Financial Slang

The financial world has a vocabulary of its own. Mixed into the financial lexicon are hundreds of acronyms and abbreviations. While knowing financial slang might not make you a money expert, the terms on this page will at least help you understand financial news and market information.

Slang Term Meaning Popularity
IRSInternal Revenue Service
Q3Third quarter
IRAIndividual Retirement Account
EFTElectronic funds transfer
IPOInitial public offering
EBTEarnings before taxes
Q2Second quarter
W2Wage and Tax Statement
SSNSocial Security number
GNPGross National Product
Q4Fourth quarter
CEOChief executive officer
EPSEarnings per share
Q1First quarter
USDUnited States dollars
NYSENew York Stock Exchange
PBTProfit before tax
SUIState Unemployment Insurance
COOChief operating officer
CPACertified Public Accountant
W4Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate
BearishNegative outlook
GrexitGreek exit
Three-baggerInvestment that tripled
ROEReturn on equity
ROICReturn on invested capital
FPLFederal poverty level
GDPGross Domestic Product
forexForeign exchange market
BullishPositive outlook
CDCertificate of deposit
ARMAdjustable rate mortgage
AGIAdjusted gross income
ARAccounts receivable
APAccounts payable
CHFSwiss franc
H1First half
NSONon-qualified stock option
AHTAfter-hours trading
ISOIncentive stock option
H2Second half
ROAReturn on assets
YEYear-ending
AUDAustralian dollar
YTDYear-to-date
EUREuro
ROIReturn on investment
JPYJapanese yen
P/EPrice-earnings ratio
CADCanadian dollar
LOILetter of intent
CFOChief financial officer
CPCCost per click
TSRTotal shareholder return
RONWReturn on net worth
Two-baggerInvestment that doubled
CEChief executive
Four-baggerInvestment that quadrupled
MDManaging Director
ETFExchange traded fund
FRBFederal Reserve Board
FXForeign exchange market
B2BBusiness to business
B2CBusiness to consumer
hqHeadquarters
PATProfit after taxes
Big BoardNew York Stock Exchange
FICAFederal Insurance Contributions Act
FUTAFederal Unemployment Tax Act
SUTAState Unemployed Tax Act
eeEmployee
NQSONon-qualified stock option
NQONon-qualified option
erEmployer
FDICFederal Deposit Insurance Corporation
GBPBritish pound
AIRAssumed interest rate