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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 Votes
Paper handsTo sell a stock at the first sign of trouble
AHTAfter-hours trading
USDUnited States dollars
APRAnnual percentage rate
BagholderA person who fails to sell a stock before it crashes
CADCanadian dollar
EBTEarnings before taxes
H1First half
ROIReturn on investment
W4Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate
CDCertificate of deposit
EFTElectronic funds transfer
GrexitGreek exit
BearishNegative outlook
BullishPositive outlook
DDDue diligence
Meme stockA stock hyped on social media
AUDAustralian dollar
EUREuro
JPYJapanese yen
Q1First quarter
IRSInternal Revenue Service
Q4Fourth quarter
EPSEarnings per share
AGIAdjusted gross income
CPACertified Public Accountant
NYSENew York Stock Exchange
forexForeign exchange market
GNPGross National Product
ROICReturn on invested capital
APYAnnual percentage yield
EMVEuropay, MasterCard, and Visa
FAANGFacebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Google
WATCHWalmart, Amazon, Target, Costco, Home Depot
TendiesChicken tenders
Diamond handsTo hold a stock through losses
J-PowJerome Powell
HODLHold on for dear life
ICOInitial coin offering
Crypto MomSEC Commissioner Hester Peirce
BTFDBuy the freaking dip
Buy the dipBuy an asset at a low price
BTDBuy the dip
SSLSecure Sockets Layer
CEOChief executive officer
CEChief executive
GBPBritish pound
ISOIncentive stock option
Q3Third quarter
P/EPrice-earnings ratio
B2BBusiness to business
PBTProfit before tax
GDPGross Domestic Product
ROAReturn on assets
ROEReturn on equity
Two-baggerInvestment that doubled
SWOTStrengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats
Retail investorIndividual, non-professional investor
QuantQuantitative analyst
NFTNon-fungible token
BrainwalletA memorized Bitcoin seed phrase
Pink taxIncreased prices on women's products
NocoinerA person who owns no cryptocurrency
Cold storageA cryptocurrency wallet not connected to the Internet
Hot walletA cryptocurrency wallet connected to the Internet
AirdropA cryptocurrency marketing event
DustTiny amounts of cryptocurrency
DeFiDecentralized finance
Rug pullA cryptocurrency scam
CUCredit union
CryptoCryptocurrency
IPOInitial public offering
YTDYear-to-date
MDManaging Director
CFOChief financial officer
CPCCost per click
CHFSwiss franc
NSONon-qualified stock option
NQONon-qualified option
NQSONon-qualified stock option
Q2Second quarter
IRAIndividual Retirement Account
H2Second half
YEYear-ending
APAccounts payable
ARAccounts receivable
AIRAssumed interest rate
B2CBusiness to consumer
COOChief operating officer
hqHeadquarters
PATProfit after taxes
Big BoardNew York Stock Exchange
FICAFederal Insurance Contributions Act
SUTAState Unemployed Tax Act
SUIState Unemployment Insurance
eeEmployee
SSNSocial Security number
W2Wage and Tax Statement
ARMAdjustable rate mortgage
FDICFederal Deposit Insurance Corporation
ETFExchange traded fund
FXForeign exchange market
LOILetter of intent
FPLFederal poverty level
TSRTotal shareholder return
RONWReturn on net worth
Three-baggerInvestment that tripled
Four-baggerInvestment that quadrupled
ATSAutomatic transfer service
FICOFair Isaac Corporation
HELOCHome equity line of credit
NSFNon-sufficient funds
Bitcoin Pizza DayMay 22, 2010
FRBFederal Reserve Board
ECPElectronic check presentment
FUTAFederal Unemployment Tax Act
erEmployer