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List of popular Acronyms used in trading

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non-trading:
afaik => As far as I know
afk => Away from keyboard
bfn => bye for now
biab => back in a bit
biaw => back in a while
brb => Be right back
btw => By the way
gtg => Got to go
hth => Hope this helps
ttfn => Ta Ta for now
ttyl => Talk to you later

Trading:
ATM => Advanced Trade Management (NinjaTrader)
B/E => Break even
futures.io (formerly BMT) => Big Mike Trading
COBC => CalculateOnBarClose
DB => Double Bottom
DB LF => a pattern of a Double Bottom followed by a failed retest
DMA => DoubleMA
DT => Double Top
DT HF => a pattern of a Double Top followed by a failed retest
FB => false break
FOMC => Federal Open Market Committee
HF => high failure
HH => Higher High
HL => Higher Low
LF => low failure
LH => Lower High
LL => Lower Low
LT => long term (as in trend or MA)
MA => moving average
MM => measured move
MML => Murrey Math Lines
NN => Neural Networks
NT => NinjaTrader
OB => Overbought
ORP => Opening Range Projections
OS => Oversold
PA => Price Action
PT => Price Target
R => Range bars (as in 4R => 4tick range bar)
S/R => Support/Resistance
SH => Swing High
SL => Swing Low or Stop Loss (depending on context)
SON => Square of Nine
SR => Support/Resistance
ST => short term (as in trend or MA)
VSA => Volume Spread Analysis

I used this site to help alphabetize the list, cool!


Last edited by Saroj; July 8th, 2009 at 10:11 AM. Reason: added DB LF, DT HF, PT, R, SL, SH,
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Where's Tigger's TTFN?
Let's give some love to Winnie the Pooh!

(ta ta for now)

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nice.. I like that... LOL

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Add?

VWAP might be a good one to add here? Volume Weighted Average Price. I am new to trading, saw that one a lot and never knew what it meant until 5 seconds ago.

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non-trading:
afaik => As far as I know
afk => Away from keyboard
bfn => bye for now
biab => back in a bit
biaw => back in a while
brb => Be right back
btw => By the way
gtg => Got to go
hth => Hope this helps
ttfn => Ta Ta for now
ttyl => Talk to you later

Trading:
ATM => Advanced Trade Management (NinjaTrader)
B/E => Break even
futures.io (formerly BMT) => Big Mike Trading
COBC => CalculateOnBarClose
DB => Double Bottom
DB LF => a pattern of a Double Bottom followed by a failed retest
DMA => DoubleMA
DT => Double Top
DT HF => a pattern of a Double Top followed by a failed retest
FB => false break
FOMC => Federal Open Market Committee
HF => high failure
HH => Higher High
HL => Higher Low
LF => low failure
LH => Lower High
LL => Lower Low
LT => long term (as in trend or MA)
MA => moving average
MM => measured move
MML => Murrey Math Lines
NN => Neural Networks
NT => NinjaTrader
OB => Overbought
ORP => Opening Range Projections
OS => Oversold
PA => Price Action
PT => Price Target
R => Range bars (as in 4R => 4tick range bar)
S/R => Support/Resistance
SH => Swing High
SL => Swing Low or Stop Loss (depending on context)
SON => Square of Nine
SR => Support/Resistance
ST => short term (as in trend or MA)
VSA => Volume Spread Analysis

I used this site to help alphabetize the list, cool!

As a start, i want to thank you for posting this. I will be able to understand the acronyms here on the forum. I like it, it really do. I could be able to use it on my personal life. Where did this came from? is this originated by the owner of this forum? or it was just posted several members and it was just appear there. I will be using it.BIAB!=)

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Thank you for this post Saroj.

I am new to trading, and now I'll know what everyone is actually saying when using these acronyms!

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I read a thread where someone used the term 'car' in reference to a futures contract. AS a newbie, this term threw me a curve ball so i went looking for and found this definition:

CAR:

A loose quantity term sometimes used to describe a the amount of a commodity underlying one
commodity contract; e.g., "a car of bellies." Derived from the fact that quantities of the product specified in a
contract used to correspond closely to the capacity of a railroad car.

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This is a useful tool, who's the caretaker?

Stuff like "algo" and "momo" and all the other slang would be helpful to add as well.

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These are great! Thanks!

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some more. i trade from london so also a bit of trading room slang...


hit the bid / e.g. "I hit the 5 halves" - sell at the bid, "hitting" it down

lift the offer eg "I lifted the 20 evens" - buy at the offer, "lifting" it up

fat finger - to enter an order incorrectly on your terminal

yours - I sell to you (e.g. yours in your size - I'll sell you as much as you want). Mine is the buy equivalent.

left hand side (eg you want to deal on my left hand side in $10m cable?) another name for the bid

right hand side - another name for the offer

all done? - mostly said at completion of a deal over the telephone to make sure its finished before hanging up

2 way price - said to a market maker with a deal size, for example - "make me a 2 way price in 50m doller/yen" - quote me a price at which you will buy or sell this amount in this instrument

"fill your boots" - buy/sell as much as you want

"do your conkers" - basically lose alot of money

"betty" -> Betty Grable -> Cable -> GBP/USD

"bag" - 1000 contracts, usually futures

puke - to liquidate a position for a loss, usually in a bit of pain. not a measured exit.

hi-ticking (or low ticking) - when a print (trade) is done at the high or low of a recent move with the intention of triggereing stop orders

given / taken - same as hit/lifted - e.g. its been given 500 times at 08 -> 500 contracts have hit the bid of 08 (also in response to a quote - e.g. trader "whats your price for $25m euro?" dealer : "$25m euro 05/7" trader "I'll take em" (I'll buy them at 07)

havin a giraffe - having a laugh - you've got to be kidding

happy days - basically, cool. "I managed to scratch my bor spread in the end - happpy days"

scratch - exit a trade at breakeven or v small profit/loss, usually involves having to work orders on the exit

bor - euribor

yard - a billion

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