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