Forex TermsFOREX TERMINOLOGY (A-Z)

 

A

 

American Option

It is an options type that can be exercised at any valid business date until the options maturity.

 

Appreciation

Currency appreciation happens when the domestic currency is strengthening against foreign currencies. Currency appreciation is based on the powers of demand and supply.

 

Arbitrage

It is a common practice that takes advantage of tiny price differentials between different financial markets.

 

Asian session

Refers to the Tokyo session that lasts from 23:00 to 08:00.

 

Ask Rate

Ask rate (or offer) is the rate at which traders can buy a Forex currency. The rate at which a currency can be sold is called bid.

 

B

 

Back Office

The department of a Forex broker that is responsible for settling financial transactions.

 

Balance of trade

It measures the net difference between a country's exports and imports {exports-imports}.

 

Base Currency

The base currency is the first currency of a Forex pair. For example, for the pair GBPUSD, GBP is the base currency.

 

Basis Point

The minimum changes in points in the price of a financial instrument.

 

Bid Rate

The rate at which Forex traders can sell a Forex currency.

 

BoE

BoE refers to the central Bank of England.

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Broker

A broker is an entity that buys and sells financial instruments on behalf of its clients. A broker acts as an intermediary between buyers and sellers.

 

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Bull Market

A bull market refers to a rising market. The opposite is called a bear market.

 

 

C

 

Cable

Cable is the Forex slang for GBPUSD.

 

Candlestick Chart

A candlesticks chart is are alternative chart type to a bar chart that incorporates and can visualize useful information.

 

Carry Trade

Carry trade is a Forex trade strategy that aims to capture the difference in the level of interest rates between two currencies.

 

Cash Market

A cash market is the real (underlying) market on which other products such as derivatives are based.

 

Commissions

Commissions is a transaction fee charged by brokers. Usually, Forex brokers are making money only by widening the spread between ask and bid. In real ECN conditions, Forex brokers charge trade commissions and pass their client orders directly to the ECN market .

 

Counter Currency

The second currency in a Forex pair. For example, for GBPUSD the US dollar is

the counter currency.

 

Crosses

Forex crosses are pairs that don't include the US dollar, for example:

  • AUDJPY  -The Australian dollar / the Japanese yen
  • AUDNZD -The Australian dollar / the New Zealand dollar
  • EURGBP -The Euro / the British pound
  • EURJPY -The Euro / the Japanese yen
  • EURNZD -The Euro / the New Zealand dollar
  • GBPAUD -The British pound / the Australian dollar
  • GBPCHF -The British pound / the Swiss franc
  • GBPJPY -The British pound / the Japanese yen
  • NZDJPY -New Zealand dollar / the Japanese yen

 

Currency Risk

The probability of trading losses due to adverse movements in Foreign exchange rates.

 

D

 

Day Trading

Refers to the practice of opening and closing trade positions on the same day.

 

Dealing Desk (DD)

Refers to market makers (DD brokers) that use a Dealing-Desk to facilitate pricing on behalf of their clients. Dealing-Desk brokers are often accused of price manipulation and excessive delays on order execution. The opposite brokerage type is the NDD model (NonDealing-Desk).

 

Delta

Delta in options trading is the ratio between the change in the price of a derivatives product and the change in the price of its underlying asset.

 

Depreciation

A fall in the price of a currency against foreign currencies due to the market forces of demand and supply.

 

E

 

ECN

ECN means Electronic Communication Network and it is an electronic bridge that connects retail traders to tier-1 liquidity providers. The whole process is made through an ECN Broker and a trading platform.

 

Economic Indicator

A macroeconomic statistic that indicates the growth and stability of the domestic economy. Commonly used Economic indicators include: GDP, Unemployment, Retail Sales, and Inflation (CPI).

 

European Central Bank (ECB)

ECB is the Central Bank of the Eurozone or else the EMU (European Monetary Union).

https://www.ecb.europa.eu

 

Equity

Equity in a trading account refers to the net account's balance. If there are pending open positions, equity equals Balance plus Floating Profit/Loss.

 

Exotics

The Forex exotics are pairs including the currencies of emerging economies, these are some popular-traded exotic pairs:

  • USDTRY -The US Dollar / the Turkish lira
  • EURTRY -The Euro / the Turkish lira
  • USDRUB -The US Dollar / the Russian Ruble
  • USDZAR -The US Dollar / the South African rand
  • USDMXN -The US Dollar / the Mexican peso

 

Expert Advisor (EA)

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F

 

Factory orders

Refers to the dollar value of new orders regarding durable and non-durable goods.

 

Fair value

Fair value when trading derivatives is the difference between the price of a derivative and the price of the underlying asset. Fair-value indicates that there is no opportunity for arbitrage between the two markets.

 

FED

FED is the Federal Reserve Bank of the United States and operates as the central bank of the United States.

http://www.federalreserve.gov/

 

Fiber

Fiber is the Forex slang for EURUSD (The Euro vs the U.S. Dollar).

 

FOMC

FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) is the policy-setting committee of the US FED (Federal Reserve Bank).

 

Foreign Exchange Market

Foreign Exchange Market (or Forex or Fx) is an OTC market where global currencies are bought and sold against each other. Forex is a non-centralized financial market.

 

Forex Brokers

Forex Brokers are financial entities operating as intermediaries between the Foreign Exchange market and global traders. Brokers offer their brokerage services to their clients by charging a spread between ask and bid and/or by charging a commission per traded volume. There are two main categories of Forex Brokers:

1-Institutional Forex Brokers

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Fundamental Analysis

Refers to the analysis of economic and political data in order to anticipate the future conditions of global financial markets.

 

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G

 

G7 Group

The G7 is a group of 7 Nations {US, Germany, Japan, UK, France, Italy, and Canada}.

 

G8 Group

The G8 group consists G7 countries plus Russia {US, Russia, Germany, Japan, UK, France, Italy, and Canada}.

 

Gearing

Gearing is synonymous to trading leverage.

 

GMT

GMT means Greenwich Mean Time and it is the standard preferred time zone in the forex market. GMT does not change during the year.

 

Good ‘til Canceled (GTC)

Refers to a trading order that remains active until it is filled or until the client that gave that order cancels it.

 

GDP

GDP means Gross domestic product and measures the total value of a country's produced goods and services, for a particular period (usually one year).

 

H

 

Hawkish Monetary Policy

Refers to an upcoming monetary policy of increased interest rates in order to deal with inflation or excessive economic growth.

 

Hedging

Refers to a common practice aiming to offset the market risk of a trade position. Hedging practically means opening a second position in the opposite direction of the primary position. Derivatives products are used for low-cost hedging.

 

Hit the bid

It means to sell at the current market bid (market order).

 

I

 

Industrial Production

It is an economic indicator measuring the total value of output produced in a certain period of time by manufacturers, mines, and utilities. Industrial production is considered a leading indicator as concerns personal income and employment.

 

Initial Margin Requirement

The minimum amount of cash required in a trading account in order to open and maintain a trade position.

 

IPO (Initial Public Offering)

IPO means Initial Public Offering and refers to a company’s initial offer of stock to the general public.

 

Interbank Rates

Refers to the interest rates at which international banks quote other commercial international banks.

 

Introducing Broker (IB)

An introducing broker or an IB is an entity which introduces clients to Forex brokers in return for a fee. This fee is sometimes shared with retail traders and that is called a Forex Rebate.

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J

 

Japanese Economy Watchers Survey

It measures the business conditions of the Japanese industries that directly serve consumers. Readings above 50 signal better sentiment.

 

JPN225

Refers to the Japanese NIKKEI stock-market index.

 

K

 

Kiwi

The Forex slang for NZDUSD.

 

L

 

LIBOR

LIBOR refers to the London Inter-Bank Offered Rate. LIBOR is used globally as the base rate of international lending.

 

Loonie

Loonie is the Forex slang for USDCAD.

 

Lot

The Lot is a unit measure when trading Forex. One standard lot equals 100,000 USD.

 

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M

 

Majors and their Slang Nickname

The majors are pairs involving the US Dollar against the currencies of major economies:

  • EURUSD -The Euro / the US Dollar (Fiber)
  • GBPUSD -The British pound / the US Dollar (Cable)
  • AUDUSD -The Australian dollar / the US dollar (Aussie)
  • NZDUSD -The New Zealand dollar / the US dollar (kiwi)
  • USDJPY -The US dollar / the Japanese yen (Yen)
  • USDCHF -The US dollar / the Swiss franc (Swissie)
  • USDCAD -The US dollar / the Canadian dollar (Loonie)

 

Margin

The required amount of equity in a trading account in order to collateralize a trade position.

 

N

 

NAS100

Refers to the NASDAQ 100 index.

 

O

 

One Cancels the Other Order (OCO)

Refers to a combination of trading orders whereby one order's execution cancels the execution of the other order.

 

Open Position

A position that has not yet been settled, therefore it remains opened.

 

Open Time

The Forex market starts trading on Sunday at 21:00 GMT.

 

Over the Counter (OTC)

It refers to financial transactions that are not conducted within a regulated

exchange. The Forex market is an example of an OTC market.

 

Overnight position

Refers to a trade position that remains active on the next business day.

 

P

 

Pip

A pip means percentage in point and it is the smallest move an exchange rate can make.

 

Premium

Premium in derivatives trading refers to the amount by which a derivatives product price exceeds the spot price. The opposite is called a discount.

 

Pullback

Refers to the correction of the price after a strong movement, usually due to profit-taking.

 

Purchasing Managers Index (PMI)

PMI is an economic indicator measuring the performance of the domestic manufacturing companies.

 

Q

 

Quote

Quote refers to an indicative market price.

 

Quantitative Easing

Refers to a monetary policy applied by a central bank which aims to stimulate economic growth. This is happening by enhancing the amount of money flowing in an economy.

 

S

 

SEC

SEC is the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

https://www.sec.gov/

 

SNB

SNB stands for Swiss National Bank and it is the central bank of Switzerland.

https://www.snb.ch/en/

 

Spot Price

Refers to the current market price.

 

Spread

Spread in Forex trading is the difference in points (pips) between ask and bid.

 

Stop-Loss Order

An order that closes a trade position when a certain price is reached. Stop-loss orders can control portfolio risk and minimize potential losses.

 

Swissie or Swissy

The Forex slang for USDCHF.

 

T

 

T-Bill

Refers to the US Treasury Bill.

 

TIBOR

TIBOR is the Tokyo Interbank Offered Rate.

 

TIFFE

TIFFE is the Tokyo International Financial Futures Exchange.

http://www.tfx.co.jp/en/

 

T/P

It means Take/Profit.

 

Take Profit

Take profit is an order that closes a position with a profit when a particular price is reached.

 

Thin Market

A financial market of limited liquidity.

 

Trade Balance

It measures the difference between the value of imported and exported goods and services.

 

 

U

 

UK OIL

UK oil refers to the Brent Crude Oil.

 

Unemployment Rate

It is a key economic indicator measuring the total workforce that is seeking employment but it is currently unemployed.

 

US30

Refers to Dow Jones Industrial or Dow Jones index or DJIA or simply Dow.

 

V

 

Vega

Vega in options trading measures the price change of an options contract for 1% change in the implied volatility.

 

Value Date

Value Date refers to the maturity date and it is the date on which a particular transaction is agreed to be settled.

 

VIX

VIX is a volatility index that measures the market's expectation of 30-day volatility.

 

W

 

Whipsaw

It is a slang for a highly volatile market conditions.

 

Wholesale Prices

It is an indicator that measures changes in the prices paid by retailers in order to purchase finished goods.

 

World Bank

A global institution created by IMF members. The world bank aims to assist the development of member states by providing loans.

http://www.worldbank.org

 

Working Order

Refers to a limit order that is not yet filled.

 

X

 

XAG/USD

It is the symbol of Silver against the US dollar (silver Index).

 

XAU/USD

It is the symbol of Gold against the US dollar (gold Index).

 

Y

 

Yard

Slang for one billion US Dollars.

 

Yield

Refers to the investment's return on capital.

 

YoY

It means year over year.

 

Yuan

The currency of China.

 

Z

 

Z-Certificate

It refers to a certificate issued by BoE (Bank of England) to discount houses.

 

Zero Coupon Bond

It is a bond that pays no interest to its holders. This bond type is initially offered at a discount.

 

 

 

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