forex glossary


Check our forex glossary in order to understand common words, phrases and terms used by forex traders.

Forex glossary

The longest-term trader who bases their trade decisions on fundamental analysis. A “macro” trade’s holding period can last anywhere from around 6 months to multiple years. 

When a wrong price has been dealt on.

Measures the total output of the manufacturing aspect of the Industrial Production figures. This data only measures the 13 sub sectors that relate directly to manufacturing. Manufacturing makes up approximately 80% of total Industrial Production. 

The required collateral that an investor must deposit to hold a position. 

When you are called for additional margin as you do not have enough to allow for the adverse price movement in the position you hold.

A request from a broker or dealer for additional funds or other collateral on a position that has moved against the customer. 

Process of re-evaluating all open positions in light of current market prices. These new values then determine margin requirements. 

The total value of a listed company – share price multiplied by the number of shares issued. 

A dealer who regularly quotes both bid and ask prices and is ready to make a two-sided market for any financial product. 

An order to buy or sell at the current price. 

Exposure to changes in market prices. 

The date for settlement or expiry of a financial product. 

The maximum stake that can be traded at any one time.

Refers to Medley Global Advisors, a market consultancy that maintains close contacts with central bank and government officials around the world. Their reports can frequently move the currency market as they purport to have inside information from policy makers. The accuracy of the reports has fluctuated over time, but the market still pays attention to them in the short-run. 

Market Information Sheets. 

Synonymous with black box. Systems that automatically buy and sell based on technical analysis or other quantitative algorithms. 

Abbreviation for month over month, which is the change in a data series relative to the prior month's level. 

A series of technical studies (e.g. RSI, MACD, Stochastics, Momentum) that assesses the rate of change in prices. 

Traders who align themselves with an intra-day trend that attempts to grab 50-100 pips.

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