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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
AHTAfter-hours trading
USDUnited States dollars
APRAnnual percentage rate
Paper handsTo sell a stock at the first sign of trouble
BagholderA person who fails to sell a stock before it crashes
CADCanadian dollar
H1First half
ROIReturn on investment
W4Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate
CDCertificate of deposit
EFTElectronic funds transfer
GrexitGreek exit
BearishNegative outlook
BullishPositive outlook
DDDue diligence
AUDAustralian dollar
JPYJapanese yen
Q1First quarter
EBTEarnings before taxes
IRSInternal Revenue Service
Q3Third quarter
Q4Fourth quarter
EPSEarnings per share
AGIAdjusted gross income
CPACertified Public Accountant
NYSENew York Stock Exchange
forexForeign exchange market
GNPGross National Product
GDPGross Domestic 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
NFTNon-fungible token
HODLHold on for dear life
SSLSecure Sockets Layer
CEOChief executive officer
CEChief executive
ISOIncentive stock option
H2Second half
P/EPrice-earnings ratio
B2BBusiness to business
PBTProfit before tax
Two-baggerInvestment that doubled
SWOTStrengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats
Retail investorIndividual, non-professional investor
QuantQuantitative analyst
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
ICOInitial coin offering
DustTiny amounts of cryptocurrency
DeFiDecentralized finance
Crypto MomSEC Commissioner Hester Peirce
CUCredit union
IPOInitial public offering
CFOChief financial officer
GBPBritish pound
CHFSwiss franc
IRAIndividual Retirement Account
PATProfit after taxes
FICAFederal Insurance Contributions Act
FDICFederal Deposit Insurance Corporation
LOILetter of intent
Four-baggerInvestment that quadrupled
Bitcoin Pizza DayMay 22, 2010
Rug pullA cryptocurrency scam
FUTAFederal Unemployment Tax Act
FRBFederal Reserve Board
ECPElectronic check presentment
MDManaging Director
CPCCost per click
NSONon-qualified stock option
NQONon-qualified option
NQSONon-qualified stock option
Q2Second quarter
APAccounts payable
ARAccounts receivable
AIRAssumed interest rate
B2CBusiness to consumer
COOChief operating officer
Big BoardNew York Stock Exchange
SUTAState Unemployed Tax Act
SUIState Unemployment Insurance
SSNSocial Security number
W2Wage and Tax Statement
ARMAdjustable rate mortgage
ETFExchange traded fund
FXForeign exchange market
FPLFederal poverty level
ROAReturn on assets
TSRTotal shareholder return
ROEReturn on equity
RONWReturn on net worth
Three-baggerInvestment that tripled
ATSAutomatic transfer service
FICOFair Isaac Corporation
HELOCHome equity line of credit
NSFNon-sufficient funds