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