Stock Trading Key Terms
Learn about some of the key aspects of stock tradingStock trading is an important part of the economy in both the U.S. and globally. The stock market is a large indicator of economic stability in the country. Many people are affected by stock trading, because stocks are a large part of pensions, 401k accounts and other investment vehicles. From individuals to large corporations, knowing about the basics of stock trading is essential in order to understand the impact of the market on short- and long-term investments.
Guaranteed investment contract (GIC)Guaranteed investment contracts are offered by life insurance companies. These contracts are offered to pension funds so investors can get paid a specific rate for a set term.
Hedge fundA hedge fund is a specific type of mutual fund that involves speculation on the future of stocks and options.
Mutual fundA mutual fund is a collective investment that pools money from investors and puts it into a variety of investments that include bonds, stocks and securities. A mutual fund is managed by a professional that regularly trades the investments.
Overbought indicator, oversold indicatorAn overbought indicator is a specific indicator that points to a place where prices have increased or declined too much or too fast. This indicator is used to gauge whether the increase or decline will cause a reaction in the market.
Selling shortSelling short is a process of selling shares of stocks that an investor does not actually hold. This is done so the investor may buy back the stock at a lower price.
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