25 Basic Stock Market Trading Terms You Should Know

25 Basic Stock Market Trading Terms You Should Know

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Tim is big on making sure you know the basics before you start trading, that’s why he encourages people to sign up for his trading challenge. You learn the basics first and then continue to expand on that knowledge throughout the program. Here are some terms that you need to know if you want to be a profitable trader.

Download this printable cheat sheet for 25 essential stock market trading terms.

Averaging Down: This is when an investor buys more of a stock as the price goes down. This makes it so your average purchase price decreases.

Bear Market: This is trading talk for the stock market being in a down trend, or a period of falling stock prices. This is the opposite of a bull market.

Beta: A measurement of the relationship between the price of a stock and the movement of the whole market. If stock XYZ has a beta of 1.5, that means that for every 1 point move in the market, stock XYZ moves 1.5 points and vice versa.

Blue Chip Stocks: These are the large, industry leading companies. They offer a stable record of significant dividend payments and have a reputation of sound fiscal management. The expression is thought to have been derived from blue gambling chips, which is the highest denomination of chips used in casinos.

Bull Market: This is when the stock market as a whole is in a prolonged period of increasing stock prices. Opposite of a bear market.

Broker: A person who buys or sells an investment for you in exchange for a fee (a commission). Here is Tim’s favorite broker. (LINK)

Day Trading: The practice of buying and selling within the same trading day, before the close of the markets on that day. This is what Tim typically does, although he does have a long-term portfolio as well. Traders that participate in day trading are often called “active traders” or “day traders.”

Dividend: this is a portion of a company’s earnings that is paid to shareholders, or people that own hat company’s stock, on a quarterly or annual basis. Not all company’s do this.

Exchange: An exchange is a place in which different investments are traded. The most well-known in the United States are the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq.

Execution: When an order to buy or sell has been completed. If you put in an order to sell 100 shares, this means that all 100 shares have been sold.

Hedge: This is used to limit your losses. You can do this by taking an offsetting position. For example, if you hold 100 shares of XYZ, you could short the stock or futures positions on the stock.

Index: An index is a benchmark which is used as a reference marker for traders and portfolio managers. A 10% may sound good, but if the market index returned 12%, then you didn’t do very well since you could have just invested in an index fund and saved time by not trading frequently. Examples are the Dow Jones Industrial Average and Standard & Poor’s 500.

Initial Public Offering (IPO): The first sale or offering of a stock by a company to the public, rather than  just being owned by private or inside investors.

Margin: A margin account lets a person borrow money (take out a loan essentially) from a broker to purchase an investment. The difference between the amount of the loan, and the price of the securities, is called the margin.

Moving Average: A stock’s average price-per-share during a specific period of time. Some time frames are 50 and 200 day moving averages.

Order: An investor’s bid to buy or sell a certain amount of stock or option contracts. You have to put an order in to buy or sell 100 shares of stock.

Portfolio: A collection of investments owned by an investor. You can have as little as one stock in a portfolio to an infinite amount of stocks.

Quote: Information on a stock’s latest trading  price. This is sometimes delayed by 20 minutes unless you are using an actual broker trading platform.

Rally: A rapid increase in the general price level of the market or of the price of a stock.

Sector: A group of stocks that are in the same business. An example would be the “Technology” sector including companies like Apple and Microsoft.

Spread: This is the difference between the bid and the ask prices of a stock, or the amount someone is willing to buy it and someone is willing to sell it.

Stock Symbol: A one-character to three-character, alphabetic root symbol, which represents a publically traded company on a stock exchange. Apple’s stock symbol is AAPL.

Volatility: This refers to the price movements of a stock or the stock market as a whole. Highly volatile stocks are ones with extreme daily up and down movements and wide intraday trading ranges. This is often common with stocks that are thinly traded, or have low trading volumes. This is also common with the stocks that Tim trades.

Volume: The number of shares of stock traded during a particular time period, normally measured in average daily trading volume.

Yield: This usually refers to the measure of the return on an investment that is received from the payment of a dividend. This is determined by dividing the annual dividend amount by the price paid for the stock. If you bought stock XYZ for $40-a-share and it pays a $1.00-per-year dividend, you have a “yield” of 2.5%

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13 comments

Timothy Sykes

Hey Everyone,

As many of you already know I grew up in a middle class family and didn't have many luxuries. But through trading I was able to change my circumstances --not just for me -- but for my parents as well. I now want to help you and thousands of other people from all around the world achieve similar results!

Which is why I've launched my millionaire challenge. I’m extremely determined to create a millionaire trader out of one my students and hopefully it will be you.

So when you get a chance make sure you check it out.

PS: Don't forget to check out my free Penny Stock Guide, it will teach you everything you need to know about trading. :)

  1. Joseph Neibich

    Warren Buffett says, Rule No.1: Never lose money. Rule No.2: Never forget rule No.1.

  2. Joseph Neibich

    Look at market fluctuations as your friend rather than your enemy; profit from folly rather than participate in it.

    Warren Buffett

  3. Lee anne aragoza

    I am just an ordinary person who works in uae and i just want to try this..as i am very much interested in knowing what this is all about..and start my own in the future..because as a beginner and having not so much money to start with..i really wanna know everything first..many thanks..

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  5. Robert

    I must say Everyone said don’t buy Facebook stock wen it was 20 per sheer an I’m proud that I did a great stock like my Google baby class A people. LIke I figured out if you own 2000 sheers of Fb stock an wen it hits 500$ per sheer U just grew a million dollors wow ! For real not fake dew the math an treat stocks like a bond don’t sell until it touches 500 per sheer. Simple math take 500 x 2000 what’s it come out too yes it dose one million dollors but alw weather the storm an waight an stick too your selling target price 500 an be thankfully.

  6. Anonymous

    If Robert from the above reply can make money doing this, anyone can. That guy can’t even spell. And he thinks a “share” is a “sheer”

  7. Penny Stocks

    These list are great for quick references for beginners. Investopedia is good as well but Tim Sykes keeps it simple and easier to understand and actually gives you guidance on how to make money

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