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Back SpreadA back spread is essentially an inverted ratio spread.When constructing a back spread, you are selling an option closer to the underlying market or even ...
Backdoor RegistrationA method by which a company's shares can become publicly tradable through a merger directly with a public shell, after which the private operating company ...
BackspreadA spread where more options (calls or puts) are bought than sold (the opposite of a Ratio Spread). ...
Balance SheetThe balance sheet, also called statement of financial position, portrays the financial position of the public company by showing what the company owns and what ...
Bankrupt ShellA public shell that has been created either through issuance of shares following a bankruptcy (these shares are publicly tradable under a provision of the ...
Bar ChartA type of chart that consists of four signi´Čücant points: the high and the low prices, which form the vertical bar; the opening price, which ...
BasisIn simple terms, your cost of the asset. ...
BearAn investor who believes that a security or the market is falling or is expected to fall. ...
Bear Call SpreadA strategy in which a trader sells a lower strike call and buys a higher strike call to create a trade with limited profit and ...
Bear MarketA declining stock market over a prolonged period, usually lasting at least six months and normally not more than 18 months. Any market in which ...
Bear MomentumWhen a momentum indicator is negative. In a two-line indicator, the fast line is below the slow line. A basic part of the high probability ...
Bear Put SpreadA strategy in which a trader sells a lower strike put and buys a higher strike put to create a trade with limited profit and ...
BearishRefers to the attitude of an investor as being pessimistic; a pessimistic outlook. ...
Bearish ReversalWhen momentum changes from a bullish to a bearish trend. With two-line indicators, when the fast line crosses below the slow line. A momentum bearish ...
Best Efforts OfferingAn IPO in which an investment bank will not guarantee any proceeds to the firm, but will instead make its best efforts to raise capital. ...
BetaA means of measuring the volatility of a security or portfolio of securities in comparison with the market as a whole. ...
BidThe bid is the highest price a prospective buyer is prepared to pay for a trading unit of a specified security. If there is a high ...
Bid-Asked SpreadThe difference between bid and offer prices. The difference between what buyers are willing to pay and what sellers are asking for in terms of price. ...
Black MondayRefers to October 19, 1987, when the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 508 points after sharp drops the previous week. ...
Blank CheckAs defined in SEC Rule 419, a development stage company with no business plan or whose business plan is to merge with or acquire an ...
Blind PoolTerm used by some in the industry to refer to a blank check which is raising or which has raised money. ...
Blow off TopA large rise in price followed by a quick drop. Often accompanied with high volume. Usually a technical indicator for the end of a bullish ...
Blue Sky LawsSecurities laws and regulations in each of the fifty states, regulating the offering of securities in that state. In addition to the requirement to respect ...
Blue-Chip CompanyUsed in the context of general equities, a large and creditworthy company; a company renowned for the quality and wide acceptance of its products/services, and ...
Blue-Chip StocksBlue-chip stocks refer to companies with a long history of sustained earnings and dividend payments. These established companies have developed leadership positions in their respective ...
Bollinger BandsBollinger Bands are a type of envelope (or trading band) plotted at standard deviation levels above and below a moving average. Plus or minus two ...
BondA debt obligation issued by a government (i.e., Treasury bond) or corporation (i.e., corporate bond) that promises to pay its bondholders periodic interest at a ...
Bond traderAn individual who works for a firm and buys and sells bonds for clients. ...
Bonus issueWhen the company gives to each stock holder, free of charge, a number of new stocks for each stock they already own. ...
Break even pointThe price at which, if you exit your position, you will neither gain nor lose money on the trade. It is roughly your entry price ...
Breakaway GapA type of gap in trading in which the price range moves above or below the previously established trading range, including a space between a ...
BreakevenThe point where a position shows no profits and no losses. ...
BreakoutA movement by a stock or commodity above an established resistance zone or below an established support, or above an established previous top or below ...
BrokerAn individual or firm that charges a fee or commission for executing buy and sell orders submitted by another individual or firm. ...
Broker-DealerA firm engaged in the business of effecting securities and other transactions for the accounts of others. They are required to be registered with the ...

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