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Finally, a finance dictionary compiled with the individual investor in mind. Wall Street Lingo does more than define the terms your stockbroker, the Wall Street Journal and CNBC pitch at you it explains them in a way that traditional dictionaries cant. Where other dictionaries start at A and end at Z, Wall Street Lingo is organized in chapters, by subject. It begins where you begin with a topic that has piqued your curiosity and ends only when your curiosity has been satisfied.

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Finally, a finance dictionary compiled with the individual investor in mind. Wall Street Lingo does more than define the terms your stockbroker, the Wall Street Journal and CNBC pitch at you it explains them in a way that traditional dictionaries cant. Where other dictionaries start at A and end at Z, Wall Street Lingo is organized in chapters, by subject. It begins where you begin with a topic that has piqued your curiosity and ends only when your curiosity has been satisfied.

Have you ever wondered about the difference between CPI and PPI? In other dictionaries, you ll find the definitions 200 pages apart. Wall Street Lingo brings them together in the chapter Economics for Investors. EBITDA. Gross Profit. Net Profit. Shareholders Equity. You could waste precious time searching for explanations to help you analyze a company s financial condition. Or you can open Wall Street Lingo to the chapter Decoding Financial Statements.

If you think technical analysis is only for the pros, flip to the chapter Technically Speaking for dozens of plain English translation to stock chart terms like Bollinger bands, MACD, Elliott wave theory and Bearish Divergence. It might change your mind. Whether youre an experienced investor or are exploring the market for the first time, youll appreciate the easy-reading style and unique structure of this innovative investment tool.

  • Over 1,000 terms individual investors need to know and understand for profitable investing
  • Definitions organized by topic
  • Fully indexed and cross-referenced
  • Exhaustive list of commonly used acronyms
  • Helpful resources, complete with websites

Wall Street Lingo is an essential reference that translates the jargon used on Wall Street into direct, easy to understand, Main Street language and organizes it the way you use it.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601380388
  • Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Group Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/10/2007
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 426,674
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword     6
Author Biography & Dedication     7
Introduction     8
Market Mechanics
The Exchanges: At Home and Abroad     13
Exchange Operations: Bringing Order to the Markets     21
Playing Fair: Rules and Regulations     32
Who's Who
The Big Wheels: Wall Street Professionals     44
The Money Machines: Bankers, Economists, and World Trade     49
The Money Makers: Corporations at Home and Abroad     57
Investors - Big and Small     62
The Industry Guard Dogs: Regulators, Enforcers, and Safety Nets     68
Market Forces
Economics for Investors: The Ups and Downs of the Business Cycle     74
Economic Indicators: Taking the Business Cycle Temperature     88
The Long and Short of Trends, Cycles, and Crashes: Market Movement and the Indexes that Track Them     105
Asset Classes
Stocks: Owning a Piece of Something Big     114
Funds: Letting a Professional Make the Decisions     123
Bonds: Loaning Corporations and Governments Money     131
Options and Futures: Taking Bigger Chances     141
Initial Public Offerings: The Darling of the 90s     154
Analysis Strategies: Identifying a Good Investment When You See It
Fundamental Analysis: Cheap orUndervalued?     161
Decoding Financial Statements: Seeing Beyond the Numbers     173
Equity Valuations: It's All Relative     182
Bond Valuations: All Debt is Not Created Equal     191
Technical Analysis: Using the Past to Predict the Future     198
Charting: More Than Pretty Pictures     207
Investment Mechanics
Tools that Match Your Style: Starting With the Right Broker     224
Orders, Quotes, and Fills: Getting the Price You Want     237
Recordkeeping and Taxes: Paying the Piper     247
Additional Resources
Investor Resources: Getting Help When You Need It     253
Acronyms     257
Conclusion     263
Table of Figures     264
Trademarks     265
Bibliography     268
Internet Resources     269
Index     273
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  • Posted August 5, 2012

    If you want to walk the walk and talk the walk on Wall Street, t

    If you want to walk the walk and talk the walk on Wall Street, this book is for you.

    Filled with thousands of terms frequently used in the world of high finance, and peppered with some less often spoken idioms, each word and phrase included in Wall Street Lingo is listed categorically and alphabetically in an order that is clear, crisp and easy to find for reference. All terms are followed by a concise definition.

    Explained is the lingo used in world trade, on global exchanges, business cycles, market regulations, and placing and executing trading orders. Also included are terms and abbreviations used for the many central banks, prominent leaders, legendary investors and initial public offerings. In addition, there is a section listing some of the best investor resources and how to find them.

    What do Chinese wall, sleeper, piggybacking, monopoly, scalp, tick and slippage have in common? They are all included, and defined as used in Wall Street jargon, for those of us on Main Street in Wall Street Lingo.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2009

    Too Many Mistakes

    I found this book to be unreliable. It contains several misspellings and grammatical errors, and in many cases the information is just plain wrong.

    Here are just a few examples:

    Mark to Market - An accounting method that assigns the value of an open position as equal to its market price at the as of the end of the trading session. ("at the as of"?)

    Call Loan - a loan that can called due by the lender... (should say "can BE called due")

    Internalization - a process by which a retail broker chooses to fill a client's order from its on inventory... (should say "its OWN inventory")

    A Closer Look At American Currency Quotations
    Exchange Rate: USD/AUD 1.35
    One US Dollar will purchase 1.23 Australian Dollars (not!)

    Tight Monetary Policy - Central bank policy that seeks to slow economic growth and ease inflation by loosening the money supply. (Wrong! A tight monetary policy seeks to slow economic growth and ease inflation by TIGHTENING the money supply).

    Average Up - To buy additional shares in a long position as it moves up with the objective of reducing the average price per share. (Wrong! When you average up, you don't reduce your average price per share, you increase it.)

    Gross Profit - A calculation of a company's revenue before subtracting the cost of goods sold. (Wrong! A company's revenue before subtracting the cost of goods sold is still the company's revenue. You get gross profit AFTER you subtract the cost of goods sold from revenue.)

    Do you want to know what the really sad part is? On the very first page, they list the name of someone who proofread the book! Good job Angela!

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  • Posted July 27, 2009

    A Great Investment in Your Financial Future

    No one interested in Wall Street should be without this excellent dictionary/reference book. It is especially good for those who are new to investing. Since many companies are no longer offering retirement plans, and with the ease of investing online, there are many do-it-yourself investors who really do not know much about the market. Furthermore, the financial pros use terms that are incomprehensible to the public. This can sometimes create a barrier that turns off the potential investor. This book seeks to dissolve that barrier, explaining in easy to understand language, the definitions of Wall Street jargon.

    What is nice about this book is that it you do not have to read the entire book if you do not want to (although it would be a good idea, as it is a great primer on Wall Street.) However, you can easily look up a term in the extensive index and read up on its meaning. Sometimes, a term will appear more than once wherever applicable. This is because the book is not set up like a regular A-Z dictionary. The book is divided into topic specific sections and within those sections, the A-Z terms are listed. Which works twofold because you can: 1) Look up a word to define or 2) Look up a topic and read up on it.

    There are extras in the book like: highlighted boxes giving you more information on certain terms; Internet links; sections on initials and symbols and what they stand for; etc. The author, Nora Peterson, is a retired market analyst (30 years in the business) and business writer, so she knows her material. She makes the jargon of Wall Street easy to understand. On an end note, part of the proceeds of the sale of this book go to The Humane Society of America, in memory of Bear, the book publisher's (Atlantic Publishing) beloved dog. So this book is a great investment with a nice return.

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  • Posted July 9, 2009

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    Wall Street is not complicated

    The author delivers a red carpet to walk steady into the world of finances. From a first lecture the book turns into an indispensable manual of knowledge for those terms that we all believe undecipherable. Nevertheless from page one Nora Peterson approaches the reader as an enduring friend, ready to help you understand what the finances world are about.

    This is a book thought for those beginning in the stock and financial markets. It covers from the simplest (like commenting that Wall Street is literally a street in New York) to the deepest like laws and speculation instruments. The natural complexity of the technical terms is not an obstacle for a very well organized and explained book. It is not a dictionary of financial terms. It is a big notebook that you can check out every time you need to, when a doubt arises, or when reading an economic article full of those confusing words.

    The translation into Spanish is not the best yet it doesn't affect the general understanding. As a tool "La Jerga de Wall Street" has not only terms and concepts, but currency types, brands, international definitions, initials, internet links and more information that make this book indispensable in any modern bookshelf.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2007

    Wall Street Lingo

    More than just a dictionary, this book gives in-depth, easy to read explanations of financial terms. We here the jargon everyday, on the news, talking to a broker or reviewing our portfolios but, are we positive we understand what the lingo means. If you have been dabbling in managing your portfolio, are an avid business news watcher, or an amateur investor, this is one book that must be on your book shelf. It is designed to be easy to read and understand. Although it is essentially a dictionary, it reads like a book. I found myself reading each definition in order because the terms flowed into each other. The author organized the book by category. Each word or phrase is followed by a clear 2 to 3 sentence description in addition, any acronyms that apply are listed by the phrase as well as the correlating website. There is a glossary of acronyms, websites and an index of terms. If you want to help understanding the common jargon used in the financial world today, Wall Street Lingo is the perfect place to start. Unlike other financial dictionaries, it is fun and easy to read. There is no doubt it could be used as desk reference.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2007

    An Investor's Essential Handbook

    If you aren't familiar with a Dead Cat Bounce, Triple Witching Week or Naked Option, you'll learn all about these terms and more after reading this book. While these may sound funny, they all refer to real-life Wall Street concepts that both the seasoned investor and novice will undoubtedly encounter in their financial future. This book is like a travel guide through the Wall Street labyrinth, and it untangles complex ideas in a surprisingly straightforward way. Whether you utilize a broker or manage your money independently, this book will help you take control of your investments and maximize your financial success. Nora Peterson says her book is designed to 'stimulate the reader's curiosity, not overwhelm it,' and that is exactly what she does. Many stock market shows are so fast-paced that all of the fancy verbeage is lost on people who aren't familiar with even the most basic stock market terms, and it can be frustrating to attempt to learn anything from them. It is also comforting to note that she herself is an experienced investor and knows what she is talking about. Peterson writes that she had trouble getting over the 'intimidation hump,' which is a feeling we can all relate to when dealing with the foreign language of Wall Street slang. By the end of the book, you'll be remarking to friends about the tremendous success of your latest Sleeper stock or how a Bear Hug squeezed a deal out of a certain target company. This book was surprisingly easy to understand and follow. It's fun, and you can pick it up and put it down whenever you want. It doesn't require a huge time commitment but is invaluable for anyone involved in the financial industry. Not only is Peterson informative, but she has a fun and engaging writing style that makes you want to get started learning new terms and putting them to use right away. This is a great book for beginners such as myself, or for people who want to build upon previous market experience. I was expecting a dry read about technical and difficult financial terms, but instead found a jackpot of easily accessible terms and interesting information about how Wall Street works.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2007

    Comprehensive Reference Tool!

    In this book, the author takes what seems to be an overwhelming amount of information on the subject of Wall Street and organizes it into easy to locate sections and chapters. This fact, more than anything else, is what I think sets this book apart from many other financial reference books. While many reference books (particularly in the financial realm) that I have read lay out information alphabetically and join them with confusing financial jargon, this book does a good job of defining the many phrases and words associated with Wall Street and putting them into layman¿s terms. As a result, I would recommend this book to anyone starting out in the world of Wall Street. Since I have had no previous experience at all with investing on Wall Street, I must say that the sheer volume of the text was overwhelming. But the organization of the book really helps and I think it will be even more helpful to those who have already dabbled some in the stock market and are looking for an easy to understand reference tool. Another aspect of the book I found particularly helpful was the various breakout boxes that accompanied the chapters. These breakout boxes, noted by the title ¿a closer look,¿ essentially took some of the more complicated or important terms (such as momentum investing and initial public offering) and helped clarify them even more than they were in the initial definition. This style is also helpful because it immediately drew my attention to the most important thing on the page. All in all, I found this book to be full of extremely relevant and helpful information. However, it is important to keep in mind that this book is by no means easy reading. While the terms themselves are simply defined, the sheer complexity and wealth of information about the stock market and Wall Street requires more than one leisurely read. I would recommend that those interested in getting started in Wall Street investing read the book once, then keep it close by as a reference book and search tool.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2007

    A reviewer

    With such an exhaustive table of contents, you might assume this is an exhausting book. But the author prevents exhaustion, not only with a crisp writing style, but with a creative arrangement of the definitions. Yes, other dictionaries are strictly alphabetical. That's probably the reason that people read how-to books and novels, and they don't read dictionaries. But 'Wall Street Lingo' organizes its definitions by category. Instead of hunting up and down the alphabet to define an unfamiliar word in another definition, the author puts all related terms together. Read a section, you'll understand a whole area of investing. Yet each piece is short, of course - definition sized - so you'll reach a stopping place before you get tired. For concepts that require more explanation, the author provides a brief, understandable summary. The result: you not only learn how Wall Street works, but how you can work Wall Street. The author provides simple explanations of rules and laws 'and how they are bent, broken and enforced', basic finance and accounting, corporate structure, and types of investments. She even reviews common investment strategies, charting, and stock analysis. You'll learn about everything from the Dead Cat Bounce to the Ticker Tape Parade. A great general references for the investor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2007

    Wall Street Lingo - simplified

    If you have wandered through the maze of the financial and business worlds amazed at the constant flow of jargon that everyone else seems to understand, then this is a must have book for you. It was written for investors who need to constantly increase their knowledge to stay on top of their game. However this book is also a valuable resource for anyone who needs or wants to increase their knowledge of the investment and business world. The author has taken a unique approach with the way she¿s organized her material. The material is arranged by subject matter and divided into sections and chapters. It is in alphabetical order within the sections. The acronym list at the back of the book is very extensive and helped develop my understanding of the industry. The definitions are easy to read and understand. I learned that a circuit breaker has nothing to do with the electrical system in my house, runoff has nothing to do with a spring thaw and noise has nothing to do with the constant clamber from my kids! Did you know Santa Clause had a rally? I sure didn¿t and least not until I read the book and even then, it wasn¿t quite what I thought. I¿ve always been fascinated with language and this book taught me more than I expected to learn. As a reference for the industry it¿s second to none and has a permanent place on my shelves.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2007

    Wall Street Lingo

    This book is a great reference piece for those wishing to get into investment, or entering more advanced economic studies. The author, Nora Peterson, goes to great lengths to produce a dictionary of Wall Street jargon in terms understandable to the everyday laymen. I caught myself going to through the Wall Street Journal and getting a kick out of finding terms I often skipped through before. After going through the dictionary I felt more assured that I would be able to use these terms more effectively when using them for business presentations. I don¿t believe that one would just read the whole book for their entertainment this is a reference piece, much like any dictionary. But, I do believe that those who want to know more historical information on how the jargon developed would be enthralled to keep this book as a good reference. I¿m not always into using big terminology, or using terms that I really don¿t have a grasp of. But, there are both customers and business associates who do use these terms on a regular basis. Why not have a better grasp and turn that meeting at the water cooler into a learning environment. Best of all, you can be teaching the lesson, giving you the some added respect from that associate or boss. I know that I have had problems filling out those PowerPoint slides¿ I just hate that. This book can give you some of those value added fillers to better explain your business proposal. I truly believe that I will greatly benefit from this book on my reference shelf. I give this book a good reference thumbs up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2007

    A reviewer

    I wouldn¿t go to a foreign country without a phrase dictionary and I wouldn¿t consider doing investment research without Wall Street Lingo by my side. As author Nora Peterson points out, what happens on Wall Street doesn¿t stay on Wall Street. If you want to put your hard-earned money to work earning a solid ROI (return on investment) rather than taking a Random Walk and hoping for the best, you need this dictionary. With the wealth of information available on the internet, there is no reason why you can¿t make informed decisions about how and where to put your money to work for you. Fortunes are made by understanding the details involved in corporate investing but those all-important details are frequently hiding behind special terms and techniques that investors need to learn. Wall Street Lingo bridges the gap with quick, easy-to-understand definitions and related terms so that you can cut to the chase and make good choices. The bottom line is that if you want to know what people are up to, you have to understand their language. Investors, business students and anyone whose job depends directly or indirectly on corporate America should own this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2007

    One of the must-have references for individual investors

    Before using this dictionary, I wouldn¿t have been able to tell you that a ¿dead cat bounce¿ is when the stock crashes and then rises slightly or that a ¿beauty contest¿ is when a company tours prospective underwriters before an IPO (which, by the way, is an Initial Public Offering). The arrangement of the terms, not in alphabetical order, but by category, helps when you are generally working on a particular area. Each term is also cross-referenced with any other terms which would be useful. While this is useful, I wish Peterson had also added the page numbers to the cross-references. This would save a step in the look-up process (instead of going back to the index and then finding out it was on the page before the one you were previously on). Other than that, I can¿t find any complaints with this reference. I know very little about investing, but was able to understand the definitions easily. It makes a great book to have on the shelf when reading the NYT or Wall Street Journal. The best thing about this reference is the list of acronyms and internet resources found at the end of the book. This alone would justify the price of the book as I have used these lists extensively. Overall, I would recommend this as one of the essential references to have on your desk.

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