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AAA

 

 

 

A

Class A stock shares; symbol denoting mutual funds with a front end fee

AAA

Bond rating; highest investment grade

AAAID      
 
Arab Authority for Agricultural Investment and Development

AAF

Asset Allocation Fund

AAII

American Association of Individual Investors

AAR Average Annual Return

ABA

American Banking Association [fin.]

ABC/abc

(Elliot) wave action [TA]

ABI

Absolute Breadth Index [FA]

ABPN alt.binary.pictures.numismatic

ABS

Agency backed security

ABS

Asset Backed Security

ABS Automated Bond System
ABCA Business Corporations Act, Alberta, Canada

ACAT

Automated Customer Account Transfer

ACH

Automatic Clearing House [Trading]

ACRS

Accelerated Cost Recovery System

ACT

Automated Confirmation Transaction Service [OTC securities]

AD

Advance/Decline [TA]

AD

Accumulation/distribution [TA]

ADBI           Asian Development Bank Institute
ADF            Asian Development Fund

ADR

American Depository Receipt [Trading]

ADS

American Depository Share [Trading]

ADP

Alternate Delivery Procedure [Futures trading]

ADX

Average Directional Index [TA]

ADV Average Daily Volume

AER

Annual Equivalent Rate

AFAIK

as far as I know [net slang]

AFESD        Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development
AFFO Adjusted funds from operations
AFTA           ASEAN Free Trade Area
AG About Good (Coin Grade)

AGI

Adjusted Gross Income [econ.]

Ag

Silver [elemental]

AGI

adjusted gross income [US tax]

AH

after hours

AIA

American Institute of Architects

AICPA

American Institute of Certified Public Accountant’s [Acct.]

AID United States' Agency for International Development
AIR Assumed Interest Rate

AKA

also known as [net slang]

ALALC          Latin American Free Trade Association

Alpha

risk-adjusted performance coefficient

AMEX

American Exchange [bourse]; American Express [US Co.]

AMF Arab Monetary Fund

AMF

l’Agence nationale d’encampment du secteur financier

AMT

Alternative Minimum Tax [US tax]

AMU Asian Monetary Unit

AN

alpha-numeric

ANA

American Numismatic Association

ANACS American Numismatic Association Certification Service.

ANS

American Numismatic Society

AON

all-or-none

AP

accounts payable [acct.]

AP

associated person [fin.]

API

American Petroleum Institute

API

application program interface

APICORP Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation

APO

Absolute Price Oscillator [TA]

APR

annual percentage rate [fin]

APSC Arab Petroleum Services Company
APTI Arab Petroleum Training Institute

APT

Arbitrage Pricing Theory [econ]

APY

annual percentage yield [fin]

AR

Account Receivables [acct.]; After Rebate

ARM

Adjustable-Rate Mortgage [RE]

ARV

After Repaired Value

ASAP

as soon as possible

ASCII

American Standard Code for Information Interchange

AsDB Asian Development Bank
ASE American Silver Eagle
ASEAN Association of South East Asian Nations

ASP

application service provider

ASTC

ASX Settlement and Transfer Corporation Pty Limited (ASTC)

ATHEX Athens Stock Exchange

ASX

Australian Stock Exchange

ATR

Average True Range [FA]

AU About Uncirculated

Au

Gold [elemental]

AUCC American Uniform Commercial Code

AUD

Australian Dollar [currency symbol]

 

 

BBB

 

 B#

Brown Number, Breen Number

BG# Breen and Gillio Number

B&M

Brick & Mortar

B2B

Business-to-Business commerce

B2C

Business-to-Consumer commerce

BAD Banque africaine de développement
BADEA Banque Arabe pour le Développement Economique en Afrique/Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa
BAN Bond Anticipation Note

BARR

Bump and Run Reversal [TA]

BAS

Brazilian Antitrust System [Brazilian Law 8884; composed of SEAE, SDE, CADE]

BCEAO Banque Central des Etats de l'Afrique de l'Ouest/Central Bank of West African States

BGEIX

American Century Global Gold Investor (mutual fund)

BGO

Bema

BEA

Bureau of Economic Analysis [US-Develops GDP numbers]

Beta

Volatility coefficient

BEY Bond Equivalent Yield

BF

Black Friday

BFS

Bankable Feasibility Study

BIC Bank Investment Contract

BIS

Bank for International Settlements [fin.]

BKX

PHLX / KBW Bank Index

BLM Bureau of Land and Management

BLS

Bureau of Labor Statistics [US]

BN Brown [uncirculated copper color grade]

BO

break-out (of previous trend)

BOD Board of Directors
BOE Bank of England

BOHICA

bend over here it comes again [US mil. slang]

   

BOJ

Bank of Japan

BOJ

Bureau of Justice [US]

Book

“Book” value

BOP Balance of Payments
BOT Balance of Trade

bot

web-bot [computer program/algorithm]

BOX Boston Options Exchange
BP British Petroleum

BPD

Bureau of Public Debt [US]

BPD Barrel Per Day

BPI

Bullish Percent Index [FA; market indicator]

BPP Balanced Payment Plan
BPS Basis Point

BSA

Bank Secrecy Act

BSX Bermuda Stock Exchange

BUGS

Basket of Un-hedged Gold Stocks

BTW

By the way [slang WWW]

BU

Brilliant Uncirculated [Coin Grade]

   

CCC

 

 

 

C

Citibank [NA ticker]

C Charlotte [Mint mark of North Carolina mint, defunct]
C# Cohen Number
CA Chartered Accountant

CAC40

French Bourse

CAD

Computer Aided Design/Drafting

CAD

Canadian Dollar [currency symbol]

CADE

Administrative Council for Economic Defense [Brazilian]

CAMC Central American Monetary Council
CAP Convert and Parity [Market Makers]

CAPEX

Capital Expense, expenditure [fin]

CAPM

Capital Asset Pricing Model [econ]

CARIFTA Caribbean Free Trade Association
CAS Certified Annuity Specialist
CAUCA Standard Central American Tariff Code

CB

central bank(ers)

CBMS Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities

CBCA

Canadian Business Corporations Act

CBLRF

 

CBO

Collateralized Bond Organization

CBOE

Chicago Board Options Exchange

CBR Cost Benefit Ratio

CBOT

Chicago Board of Trade

CC Carson City [US mint, defunct]
CCA Capital Cost Allowance

CCI

Commodity Channel Index

CCR

Cash on Cash Return

CCR

California Code of Regulations

CCS Current Cost of Supplies

CD

Certificate of Deposit

CDB Caribbean Development Bank

CDO

Collateralized debt obligation

CDSC

Contingent Deferred Sales Charge [Mutual Funds]

CDSG California Small Denomination Gold

CDI

CHESS Depository Interest

CDA Capital Dividend Account

CDS

Canadian Depository for Securities Limited [.to ADR clearinghouse]

CDS

Credit Default Swaps

CEB Council of Europe Development Bank

CEC

Commodities Exchange Center

CEF

Central Fund of Canada

CEO

Chief Executive Officer [Fin.]

CER Coupon Equivalency Rater [Bonds]
CESG Canada Education Savings Grant

CFA

Chartered Financial Analyst

CFO

Chief Financial Officer [Fin.]

CFO

Cancel Former Order [Options]

CFO Chief Financial Officer

CFP

Certified Financial Planner

CFROI Cash Flow Return on Investment
CFS Certified Fund Specialist

CFS

Consolidated Financial Statement [Fin. {Canadian}]

CFTC

Commodity Futures Trading Commission

CHESS

Clearing House Electronic Subregister System [.asx. ADR clearinghouse]

CHF

Helvetia (Swiss) Franc [currency symbol]

ChFC

Chartered Financial Council

CIC

carbon-in-column [mining]

CIC

chartered investment council [pers. Fin.]

CICA

Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants

CIF Cost Insurance and Freight [shipping]

CIL

carbon-in-leach [mining]

CIM

Canadian Institute of Mining

CIMC Certified Investment Management Consultant
CIMS Certified Investment Management Specialist

CINS

CUSIP International Numbering System

CIO

Chief Information Officer

CIPF Canadian Investor Protection Fund
CLN Credit Linked Note

CIP

carbon-in-pulp

CLO

Collateralized Loan Obligation [Fin]

CLTV

combined loan to value (all notes and HELOCs against bid as ratio)

CLV

closing location value [TA]

CMB Cash Management Bill

CME

Chicago Mercantile Exchange [bourse]

CMF

Chaikin Money Flow [TA]

CMF

Central Monetary Fund

CMHC Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation
CMIR Currency and Monetary Instrument Report
CML Capital Market Line

CMO

collateralized mortgage obligation

CMT Chartered Market Technician

CMX

Comex [ticker quote range]

CNS Continuous Net Settlement

CNBC

 

COCR

cash on cash return [annual net cashflow divided by the cash cost outlay]

COD Cash on Delivery

COF

Cost of Funds

COLA

Cost of Living Adjustment

COMESA Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa

COMEX

Commodities Exchange

COMTEX

 nee Comtex Scientific Corporation

COMP

 

COO

Chief Operating Officer

COP

Certificate of Participation [bonds]

COPE Currency Overprinting and Processing Equipment (US Bureau of Engraving and Printing)

COT

Commitment of Traders [futures]

COUGRs Certificate of Government Receipts

CP

cut and paste [computer slang]

CPA

Certified Public Accountants

CPC Cost Per Click

CPI

Consumer Price Index (E-elderly;W-clerical, etc)

CPO Commodity Pool Operator
CPP  Canadian Pension Plan

CPSS

Committee on Payment and Settlement Systems [BIS/Int. fin.]

CPT

Cone Penetrometer

CR

cash receipts [acct.]

CRA

credit reporting agency (Transunion, Equifax, Experian)

CRA

Canadian Revenue Act (or Agency)

CRB

Commodities Research Bureau

CRGI Cash Return on Gross Investment
CROIC Cash Return On Invested Capital

CRSP

Certified Retirement Services Professional

CRT

Cathode Ray Tube

CS

colloidal silver

CSC Certified Senior Consultant
CSO Chief Security Officer
CTA Commodity Trading Advisor
CTC Competition Transition Charges
CTD Cheapest To Deliver

CTR

Cash Transaction Report

Cu

copper [elemental]

CTFA

Certified Trust and Financial Advisor

CU

credit union

CUNI

cupro-nickel

CUSIP

Committee on Uniform Securities and Identification Procedures number (a unique number that identifies a particular security)

CVI Cumulative Volume Index

CWT

Hundred Weight

   

DDD

 

   

D

 Dahlonega [Former US Mint in Georgia]

D&B

Dun and Bradstreet [fin; commercial credit advisor]

DA

daily average

DAT Direct Access Trading

DAX

Deutscher Aktienindex.(German stock market)

DBA

doing business as

DCA

Debt Coverage Ratio

DCA

dollar cost averaging

DCAM Deep Cameo
DCF Discounted Cash Flow

DD

due diligence, double down, deal discussion

DDA Demand Deposit Account
DDM Dividend Discount Model

DDO

Doubled Dies

DDR

doubled die reverse

DECS Debt Exchangeable for Common Stock
DECS Dividend Enhanced Convertible Stock
DES Delivered Ex Ship

Delta

ratio of change in price of option over change in price of underlying asset

DGCX Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange

DILOF

Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure

DJI

Dow Jones Index [index]

DJIA

Dow Jones Industrial Average [index]

DJT

Dow Jones Transportation [index sector]

DJU

Dow Jones Utilities [index sector]

DINKS Dual Income No Kids
DIP Debtor in Possession

DMA

daily moving average [TA]

DMCA

Digital Millennium Copyright Act

DME

Department of Mines and Energy [South Africa]

DMI

Directional Movement Indicator [TA]

DMT Dominant Market Theory

DMPL

Deep Mirror Proof Like

DNIR Do Not Increase/Reduce
DOM Days on Market

DOSC

due-on-sales clause [RE; title transfer (i.e. through quit claim on deed) triggers note holder to demand full payment of note]

DOI Department of Interior
DOT Department of Transportation
DOT Designated Order Turnaround

DOW

Dow Jones

DPO Days Payable Outstanding

DPP

Direct Purchase Plan

DRIP

Dividend Reinvestment Plan

DROP

Deferred Retirement Option Plan

DTC

Deposit Trust Corporation

DTCC

Depository Trust and Clearing Company

DTNWN

don’t take no wooden nickels

Dwt

penny weight, method for weighing metals

DR

Discount Rate [Fed Funds]

DRIP Dividend Reinvestment Plan
DRM Digital Rights Management
DSB WTO Dispute Settlement Body
DSCR Debt Service Coverage Ratio
DTI Debt to Income Ratio
DY Dividend Yield

DX

US Dollar [Forex]

DYODD

do your own due diligence

 

 

EEE

 

   

EA

Enrolled Agent

EA

Environmental Assessment (compliance)

EADB East African Development Bank

EAFE

The European, Australian, and Far East stock index, computed by Morgan Stanley

EBRD European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

EBIT

Earnings Before Interest and Tax

EBK Eidgenössische Bankenkommission (Swiss Financial Regulator)

ECB

European Central Bank

ECCB Eastern Caribbean Central Bank
ECLAC United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
ECSEDA Eastern Caribbean Export Development Agency
ECI Employment Cost Index
ECU European Currency Unit
EDF European Development Fund
EDGAR Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval

EDPO

Exploration Decline Plan of Operations (mining)

EE

USGov't bond issue

EFP

Exchange-for-physical [futures trading}

EIA Equity indexed annuity
EIC Earned Income Credit
EF Extremely Fine [coin grade]

EFT

Electronic Funds Transfer

EFTA European Free Trade Association

EGO

Eldorado Gold ticker symbol

EI

Earned Income

EIB European Investment Bank
EIF European Investment Fund

EIS

Environmental Impact Statement

EMA

exponential moving average

EMH Efficient Market Hypothesis
EMS European Monetary System

EOS

Enter Open Stop (Open Outcry)

EPA

Environmental Protection Agency [US, Ghana]

EPS

Earning per share [FA]

EPV Earnings Power Value

ERISA

Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974

ERSI

 

ESCB European System of Central Banks

ESF

Exchange Stabilization Fund

ESO Employee Stock Option

ESOP

Employee Stock Option Plan

ESOT Employee Share Ownership Trust

ESPP

Employee Stock Purchase Plan

ET

eastern time

ETA

Estimated Time of Arrival

ETF

Exchange Traded Fund

EBSA Employee Benefits Security Union

EU

European Union

EUR

Euro [currency symbol]

EURIBOR European Interbank Offer Rate

EVA

economic value added

EWT

Ewave Elliot Wave [TA]

EXW Ex Works

 

 

FFF

 

   

F

Fine [coin grade]

FA

Fundamental Analysis [trading]

FAD Funds Available for Distribution

FAKO

proprietary credit formulae

FAQ

frequently asked questions

FAR Federal Acquisition Requirements
FAR Free Asset Ratio
FAS Federal Anti-Monopoly Service of the Russian Federation

FASB

Financial Accounting Standards Board [Fin.; US]

FBB

Farm Bureau Bank

FCF Free Cash Flow

FCFSC

Federally Chartered Financial Service Center

^FCHI

French CAC [bourse]

FCRA

Fair Credit Reporting Act

FDIA

Federal Deposit Insurance Act

FDIC

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency

FERC

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [US]

FFO Funds From Operations
FFF Federal Funds Rate

FHA

Federal Housing Administration

FHFB Federal Housing Finance Board

FHLMC

Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation - aka Freddie Mac

FICA

Federal Insurance Contributions Act (aka social security)

FICO

Fair Isaac Credit Organization [credit score based on FICO  algorithms]

FIFO

first in, first out [trading; tracking trade position status when more than one position extant]

FINRA Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
FIRE Finance, Insurance, Real Estate
FIRM Flood Insurance Rate Map

FIRREA

Financial Institutions Reform Recovery and Enforcement Act

FKA

Formerly Known As

FLIP Family Limited Partnership

FM

Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (aka Freddie Mac)

FMV

fair market value [RE]

FNM

Fannie Mae [US ticker symbol]

FNMA

Federal National Mortgage Association (aka Fannie Mae)

FOK Fill or Kill

FOMC

Federal Open Market Committee [US Fed.]

FONSI

Finding of No Significant Impact [compliance]

FRA Forward /Future Rate Agreement

FREIT

Finite-life Real Estate Investment Trust (see also REIT)

FRM

Fixed Rate Mortgage

FRN

Federal Reserve Note [currency]; Floating Rate Note

FS

Financial Statement [acct.]

FS

Full-Step [Coins]

FV# Fivaz and Stanton number [coin variety nomenclature]

FSA

Flexible Savings Account

FSB Fully Split Bands

FSF

Financial Stability Forum [BIS/Int. fin.]

FSI

Financial Stability Institute [BIS/Int. fin.]

FTSE Footsie
FUN Florida United Numismatist

Fut

future(s)

FX

Forex [futures exchange]

FY Fiscal Yeal

FYI

for your information

FWIW

for what it’s worth

 

 

GGG

 

   

G

Good [coin grade]

G10

Group of Ten (Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Sweeden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom

GAAP

Generally Accepted Accounting Practices

GAAS Generally Accepted Auditing Standards

GATA

 Gold Anti Trust Association

GATT General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (WTO)

GBD

Gold Bullion Securities

GBP

Great Britain Pound [currency symbol]

^GDAXI

German DAX [bourse]

GDR Global Depository Receipt

GDP

Gross Domestic Product [fin.]

GE

General Electric [NA ticker]

GE

Golden-Eagle [WWW forum]

GEM

Growing Equity Mortgage

GFI

Goldfields

GG

 Gold Corps (Ticker symbol)

GIC

Guaranteed Investment Contract

GIGO

Garbage In, Garbage Out

$GJX

Energy Commodities Index [Goldman Sachs basket]

$GKX

Agricultural Commodities Index [Goldman Sachs basket]

GL

General Ledger [acct.]

GLG

Glamis Gold (former)

GMM Gallery Mint Museum

GNMA

Government National Mortgage Association (aka Ginnie Mae)

GNP

Gross National Product

GPM

Graduated-Payment Mortgage

GOI Gross Operating Income

GOX

CBOE Gold Index

GROEI

Gold Returned on Energy Invested

GSA Glass Steagal Act
GSA General Services Administration

GS

Goldman Sachs

GSCI Goldmans Sachs Commodity Index

GSE

Government Sponsored Enterprise

GSRA Government Sponsored Retirement Account

g/t

gram per ton

gtc

good-(un)’til-call [trading]; good ‘til cancelled

GTL Gas to Liquid

$GPX

Precious Metals Commodity Index [Goldman Sachs basket]

$GVX

Livestock Commodity Index [Goldman Sachs basket]

$GYX

Industrial Metals Commodity Index [Goldman Sachs basket]

 

 

HHH

 

 

 

HDD Heating Degree Day

HDPE

High Density PolyEthlyene

HEL

Home Equity Loan.

HELOC

Home equity line of credit [RE]

HL

heap leaching [mining]

HLEP Horizontal Loop Electromagnetic
HLT Highly Leverage Transaction

H&S

head and shoulders [TA formation]

HMO

Health Maintenance Organization

HMY

Harmony

HOA

Home Owners Association

HOLDR

Holding Company Depositary Receipts [AMEX Basket determined by Merill Lynch]

HPCI Home Price Comparison Index

HSA

hollow stem auger [mining drilling]

HSBC British Bank (FTSE;HSBA.L)
HTML Hyper Text Markup Language

HUA

Heard, understood, acknowledged [US mil. slang]

^HUI

Goldbugs Index

HUD

Department of Housing and Urban Development

 

 

III

 

IAIGc Inter-Arab Investment Guarantee Corporation

IAN

Index Amortizing Note

IBRP

Initial Benefit Retirement Plan

IBD

Investors Business Daily

IBES Institutional Brokers Estimate System
IBRD International Bank for Reconstruction and Development
ICA Investment Counsel Association
ICB International Commodity Body
ICBW I Could be Wrong
ICC International Chamber of Commerce

ICA

Investment Company Act [US 1940]

ICI

Investment Company Institute [US mutual fund trade group]

ICFTU International Confederation of Free Trade Unions
ICS Inductively Coupled Plasma
ICSG International Copper Study Group
IDA Individual Development Account
IDRB Industrial Development Revenue Bond
IEA International Energy Agency

IFC

International Finance Corporation [World Bank Member]

IHC Indian Head Cent

IIM

Institute for Investment Management

IIRC If I Remember Correctly [web slang]
ILOC Irrevocable Line of Credit

IMF

International Monetary Fund [Int. fin.]

IME

in my experience

IMO

in my opinion

IMHO

in my humble opinion (etc.)

INRE

in regards (to)

IPA Inflation Protected Annuity

IP

Induced Polarization [geotechnical investigation]

IPO

Initial Public Offering

IOSCO International Organization of Securities Commissions

IRA

Individual Retirement Account

IRC

Internal Revenue Code [US 1986]

IRR

Internal Rate of Return

IPS Inflation Protected Security
IsDB Islamic Development Bank Group
ISE International Securities Exchange

ISIN

[SA ticker information]

ISIN International Securities Identification Number

ISM

Institute for Supply Management

ISO

International Standards Organization

ISO

In search of [slang WWW], or type of CD-Rom image file

ISO Intermarket Sweep Order

ISP

internet service provider

IWM iShares Russell 2000 Index
   

JJJ

 

   
J# Judd number

JCP

Junior Capital Pool

JORC

Austrailasian code for reporting of mineral resources and ore reserves

JPA

Joint Powers Authority

JPM

 JP Morgan, US Investment Bank

JPY

Japanese Yen [currency symbol]

JR# John Reich number [Bust Dime varieties]

JSE

(Johannesburg) Securities Exchange [South Africa bourse]

JTIC Joint Tenants in Common

JV

joint venture

 

 

KKK

 

 

 

KBWI

Keefe, Bruyette & Woods Index (banks); aka BKX

Kg

Kilogram

KOSPI Korean Composite Stock Price Index
KRW Korean Won

KSSKingsdale Shareholder Services

Knight-Ridder.[Trading]

kWh

Kilowatt hour

   

LLL

 

   
LA Laser Ablation

LBO

Leveraged Buyout

LEAPS Long Term Equity Anticipation Security

LHD

Load-Haul-DUmp

LIFO

Last in First Out

LIBOR

London Inter Bank Offered Rate

LIFO Last In First Out

LLC

Limited-liability corporation

LLP Limited Liability Partnership
LM# Logan-McCloskey number [Bust Half Dime]

LME

London Metal Exchange

LOI Letter of Intent
LRIC Long Run Incremental Cost
LRP Liquidity Replenishment Point

LSA

Lifetime Savings Account

LSE

London Stock Exchange

LB

loan to book

LLP Limited Liability Partnership
LIBID London Inter Bank Bid Rate

LTCM

Long Term Capital Management

LTIP Long Term Incentive Plan

LTV

Loan-to-value [RE]

 

 

MMM

 

 

 

M0

Amount of coins and paper currency in circulation [money supply]

M1

M0 + checking account balances [money supply]

M2

M1 + short term accounts(savings, money market, mutual funds) owned by public [money supply]

M3

M2 + CDs and other long term cash investments + S&L + CU

MA

Moving Average

MACD

Moving Average Convergence/Divergence

MACRS

Modified accelerated cost recovery system

MADI Moving Average Directional Indicator

MBA

Masters of Business Administration [academic]

MBA

Mortgage Bankers Association

MBS

Mortgage Backed Security

MBA Masters of Business Administration

MBA

Mortgage Bankers Association [RE]

MBO Management Buyout
MBS Mortgage Backed Security
MCI Monetary Conditions Index

McOsi

McClellan Oscillator Summary Indes

MDA Management Discussion and Analysis

MDCR

Major Currency Dollar Index [Fed. Res.]

MDD

maximum (percentage) draw down (fin.)

MDD

Mechanical Doubling Damage

MDG

Meridian Gold [tic]

MDY

spyder; SPDR S&P 400 midcap index

MEC Modified Endowment Contract

MER

Merrill Lynch (NA ticker:NYSE)

MFI

Money Flow Index [TA]

MFN

Ticker Symbol for Minefinders

MIC Market Identification Code

$MID

S & P midcap 400 index

MIR

Mail in rebate [e-commerce]

MIRR Modified Internal Rate of Return
MIT Market if Touched

MM

money market

MM

market maker

MMDA

money market deposit account

MMI

Major Market Index

MMM

3M Ticker Symbol

MNA Mergers and Acquisitions

MOAB

Mother of All Bulls

MOC

Ministry of Commerce (Chinese govt.)

MLR

Ministry of Land and Resources (Chinese govt.)

MOM MERS as Original Mortgagee

MOS

Margin of Safety

MPC Marginal Propensity to Consume
MPC Monetary Policy Committee

MPO

Mine Plan of Operations

MPT Modern Portfolio Theory

MR

mud rotary [mining drilling]

MSA Medical Savings Account
MRP Most Recent Period

MS

Morgan Stanley; Mass Spectrometry

MSA

Medical Savings Account

MSI McClellan Summation Index

MSHA

Mining Safety Health Administration

MSP

Medallion Signature Program [NYSE certification program]

M2M

Mark to Market

MTA Market Technicians Association

MTBE

methyl tertiary butyl ether

MTPA

million tons per annum

MVQ Market Versus Quote
MZM Money Zero Maturity

 

 

NNN

 

   
N# Newcomb Number [Large Cent Die variety]

NA

Not Applicable

NABE

National Association for Business Economics (NABE)

NAGI

Net adjusted gross income [US tax]

NAIC

National Association of Investors Corporation

NAPFA National Association of Personal Financial Advisors

NAPM

National Association of Purchasing Management

NAREIT National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts

NASD

National Association of Securities Dealers [fin.]

NASDAQ

National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotes (system) [bourse]

NASE National Association for the Self Employed

NAV

Net Asset Value

NBBO National Best Bid and Offer
NCIB Normal-Course Issuer Bid

NCLT

non-circulating legal tender coin (bullion)

NCUA

National Credit Union Administration

NDCTP Nuclear Decommissioning Cost Triennial Proceeding

NCUSIF

National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund

NDF Nordic Development Fund
NDS Non - Deliverable Swap

NDX

Nasdaq 100

NEM

Newmont Mining (US)

NEPA

National Environmental Policy Act (compliance)

NFA National Futures Association

NG

natural gas

NI Nickel; Net Income

NIA

not investment advice

NIB Nordic Investment Bank

NIMBY

not in my backyard [slang]

NIMS Net Interest Margin Securities

NIMEY

not in my election year [slang]

NINAV

No Income/No Asset Verification [RE; mortgage type]

NLG Numismatic Literary Guild
NMS National Market System
NM Not Meaningful

NMA

Nevada Mining Association

NOB Note Over Bond
NOD Notice of Default
NOI Net operating income; Notice of Intent
NOW Negotiable Order of Withdrawal (account)

NP

Neutralization Potential [acid/base chemistry mining reclamation]

NPI

net profit interest

NPL Non-performing Loan

NPV

Net Present Value [as curve mining resource estimation]

NRB

National Registration Bureau [Chinese govt.]

NRD National Registration Database

NSCC

National Securities Clearing Corporation [OTC securities]

NSB

National Standards Board

NSMIA

National Securities Markets Improvement Act 1996

NSF

Non Sufficient Funds

NSR

Net Smelter Return [mining: US FS reserve estimate methodology]

NT

Northern Territory [Aus.]

NTA

net tangible assets

NUA Net Unrealized Appreciation

NV

Nevada

NY

New York

NYC

New York City

NYSE

Composite Index [Index]

NYBOT

New York Board of Trade

NYMEX

New York Mercantile Exchange [bourse]

NYSE

New York Stock Exchange [bourse]

NZD

New Zealand Dollar [currency symbol]

 

 

OOO

 

O New Orleans Mint mark [US coins]
O# Overton Number [US Bust Half coin variety]
OAS Option Adjusted Spread

OASDI

Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance Program

OBCA

Business Corporations Act [Can]

OBV On Balance Volume
OBW Old/Original Bank Roll

OCC

Options Clearing Corporation

OCF Operating cash flow

OCC

Office of Comptroller of Currency

OE

option expiration

OECD

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development [Int. fin.]

OEM Original Equipment Manufacturer

OEX

S & P 100 index

OFHEO Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight
OHLC Open High Low and Close

OI

Open Interest [fut.]

OID Original Issue Discount

OITP

other important trading partners [Fed. Res.]

OMM

Over Mint marks

OPALS Optimized Portfolio as Listed Securities
OPEC Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries

OPM

other people’s money [slang]

ORA Office of Ratepayer Advocates

OSC

Ontario Securities Commission

OT

Off topic [slang WWW]

OTC

over-the-counter [trading]

OTCBB

Over-the-Counter Bulletin Board [bourse]

OTM

out of the money (option trading)

OTS Office of Thrift Supervision

Oz

ounce (troy or otherwise)

Oz

Australia [slang]

 

 

PPP

 

   

P

Philadelphia [US coin mint mark]

PA

Purchase Agreement

PAAS

Pan American Silver

PAB Private Activity Bond
PBT Profit Before Tax

PBGC

Pension Benefit Guarantee Company/Corporation

PCX Pacific Stock Exchange (former)

PCP

previous corresponding period [FA]

Pd

Palladium

PDG

Placer Dome Gold [US ticker]

P/E

Price per Earnings

PES

Price per Earnings per Share

PERC Preferred Equity Redemption Stock
PEG Price per Earnings per Growth

PEI

Prince Edward Island

PERT

Portfolio Evaluation Review Technique [NAIC]

P&F

point and figure [TA]

PFIC

Passive Foreign Investment Company

PFS

Personal Financial Specialist

PHLX

Philadelphia Stock Exchange

PHP Philippine Peso
PIN, PINES Public Income Notes
PIK Payment in Kind
PIP Price Interest Point
PIPE Private Investment in Public Equity

PITI

principal interest, taxes, and insurance [RE]

PM

Precious Metals (Au

PM

Private message [slang WWW]; Par Mortgage [RE]

PMI

purchasing management indicator [financial]

PMI

private mortgage insurance

PMO

Price Momentum Oscillator [TA]

PNG Professional Numismatists Guild
POP Pick up Point
POP/S Point of Purchase/Sale; Public Offering Price

POTUS

president of the United States

PP

Proven and Probable [mining reserves]

PPE Property, Plant and Equipment; Personal Protective Equipment
PPI Producers Price Index

PPO

Percentage Price Oscillator

PPM

Private Placement Memorandum

PPP

purchase power parity

PPT

plunge protection team [black bag]

P/S

Price per Sales

Pt

Platinum [elemental]

PTB

powers that be [black bag]

PUC

public utility commission

PUD

Planned Unit Development [RE]

PV

present value [financial]

PVI Positive Volume Index

PVO

Percentage Volume Oscillator

 

 

QQQ

 

 

 

QA/QC

quality assurance/quality control

QC

Quit Claim

QC

Quality Control

QIB Qualified Institutional Buyer

QIF

Quicken Interchange Format ( text file format)

QQQ

Nasdaq 100 futures [ticker symbol]

QUADRO

Qualified Domestic Relations Order

QUIPS Quarterly Income Preferred Securities -
   

RRR

 

   

R#

Coin Rarity Scale

R72

Rule of 72 [Fin. Planning]

RAB

Rotary Air Blast

RAR Revenue Assessment Report; Type of zip technology

RC

Reverse-circulation [mining, drilling]

RCR

Registered Commodity representative [Fin.]

R&D Research and Development

RE

Real Estate

Refi

Refinance [RE]

REIT

Real Estate Investment Trust

REMIC Real Estate Mortgage Investment Conduits
RESP Registered Education Savings Plan
RESPA Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (1974)

REO

real estate-owned

RIA Registered Investment Advisor
RIC Regulated Investment Company; Richmont [ticker]

RIC

Roman Imperial Coinage

ROA

Return on assets

ROCE Return On Capital Employed

ROC

Return on cash

ROD

Record of Decision [compliance]

ROE

Return On Equity

ROI

Return on Investment

ROIC Return on Invested Capital
ROIC Return on Invested Capital

RPD

RePunched Dates

RPI Retail Price Index

RPM

RePunched Mint marks

RPU Revenue Per User
RPP Registered Pension Plan
RRSP Registered Retirement Savings Plan (Canadian)

RTA

Return on Total Assets

RTGSs Real Time Gross Settlements -

RP

receipts payable [acct.]

RS

Relative Safety

RSA

Retirement Savings Account

RSI

Relative Strength Index

RTQ

real-time quote

RTTC Round Trip Transaction Costs

RV

Relative Value

$RUT

Russell 2000 [index]

 

 

SSS

 

   
S San Francisco (mint mark)

S#

Sheldon Number, Snow Number

SA

Securities Act [US-1934]

SA

South Africa

SA

South America

SAG

semi-autogenous grinding machine [mining, ore grinding]

SAI Statement of Additional Information
SAP Statutory Accounting Principles

 

South African Code of Reporting of Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserve

SAR

South African Rand

SAR

Stop and Reversal [TA]; Stop and Reverse [brokers order]

SAR

Stock Appreciation Rights

SASE

Self addressed stamped envelope

SCM Supply Chain Management

SCMP

Stock Changes Medallion Program

SDA

Sweep Deposit Account

SDR

Standard Drawing Right [currency]

SEA

Securities Exchange Act [US-1934]

SEA

Secretariat of Economic Monitoring [Brazilian reports to Ministry of Finance]

SEC

Securities and Exchange Commission [US, Can Fin.]

SEDAR

System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval [Canadian finance]

SEDOL Stock Exchange Daily Official List
SEGS Sovereign Entities Grading Service

SEO

Search Engine Optimizer

SEP

self-employed people; or small company {25} retirement plan]

SFAS

Statement of Financial Accounting Standards [Can. GAAP]

SFD Saudi Fund for Development
SGR Sustainable Growth Rate
SGX Singapore Exchange

S&H

Shipping and handling

SHFE

Shanghai Futures Exchange

SHO

SEC Regulation Release No. 50103, 69 FR 48008 (August 6, 2004  re: short sales

SIECA Secretariat for Central American Economic Integration
SIMPLE Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees of Small Employers
SIV structured investment vehicles

SKU

Unique product ID number assigned by the retailer

SIPC Securities Investor Protection Corporation

S&L

savings and loan

SLGS State and Local Government Nonmarketable Securities

SLMA

Student Loan Marketing Association (aka Sallie Mae)

SLV IShares Silver Trust

SM

Stock Market

SMA Simple Moving Average

SMF

Senegalo-Malian Fault [Geol.]

$SML

S & P Small Cap 600 index

SMXMF

Samex Mining ticker symbol

SOES Small Order Execution System

SOPA

Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

^SOX

Philadelphia (PHLX) Semiconductor index; Sarbane Oxley

SOX

Sarbanes-Oxley Act (2002)

SPAN Standardized Portfolio Analysis of Risk

S & P

Standard and Poor’s [index]

SPDR

Standard & Poor's Depositary Receipt

SPE Special Purpose Entity
SPOT Single Payment Option Trade

SPE

Special Purpose Entity

Spec

speculator

SPR

Strategic Petroleum Reserves

SPRA Special Purchase and Resale Agreement

SPX

S&P 500 Large Cap index

SPY

spyders [SPDR; S&P 500 futures]

SR

strip ratio [mining]

SRB State Reserves Bureau (Chinese)
SRI Socially Responsible Investment
SSI Supplemental Security Income

SSL

secure socket layer

ST

short term

STAMP

Securities Transfer Agents Medallion Program [Can.]

STF

subject to financing [RE; aka ‘subject to clause’; closing depends upon satisfaction of daughter clauses (financing, inspection, etc.)]

STOCH

Stochastics (aka ‘stokes’) TA

SVF Stable Value Fund

SOX

Sarbanes Oxley Act, Sulfur Oxides

SXEW

Type of copper heap leaching process [mining]

SWIFT

Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications

   

TTT

 

 

 

TA

Technical Analysis

TAF Term Auction Facility

TBD

to be determined

TBE Tenant by Eternity/Entirety
TCO Total Cost of Ownership

TDE

Time domain electromagnetic [Geophys.]

TER Total Expense Ratio

TEY

Taxable Equivalent Yield 

TFNN

The Financial News Network

TIA

thanks in advance [slang]

TIAA CREF

Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association - College Retirement Equities Fund

TIC

Treasury International Capital (UST system); Tenant in Common

Tic

Tick (ticker)

TIGRs Treasury Investment Growth Receipts

TIN

Taxpayer Identification Number [US]

TIPS

Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities

TLA Three letter acronyms

TMR

truck-mounted rig [mining, drilling]

TPTB

the powers that be [slang]

TR

Trading Range

$TRAN

Dow Jones Transportation Average [20 Transportation stocks]

TRIN

Arms Index [FA; A/D volume ratio indicator]

TS

trailing stop [trading]

TS Time and Sales [options trading]

TSA

Tax Sheltered Annuity

TSE

Toronto Stock Exchange

TSF Temporary Seller Financing
  Term Securities Lending Facility
TSP Tri-sodium Phosphate
TSR Total Shareholder Return
TSV Time Segmented Volume

TSX

Toronto Stock Exchange

TU

Trans Union

TVI Trade Volume Index

T

ATT Ticker Symbol

TO

Toronto Stock Exchange

TOD Transfer on Death

TTA

Trust Transfer Amount

TTM Trailing Twelve Months
   

UUU

 

 

 

UAE

United Arab Emirates

UBTI Unrelated Business Taxable Income

UAW

United Auto Workers

UGMA

Uniform Gift to Minors Act

UTMA Uniform Gift to Minors Act

UIT

Unit Investment Trust

UN

United Nations

UPB

unpaid balance [accounting]

UNIDO United Nations Industrial Development Organization

UPC

Universal product code (unique product ID assigned by MFR)

UPS

United Parcel Service

US

united states

USC

United States Code [US legal]

USD

United States dollar

USPS

United States Postal Service

USERX

US Global gold and metals fund

UST

United States treasury

$UTIL

Dow Jones Utilities Average

UW Underwriter

 

 

VVV

 

   
V# \Valentine number
V 'When distributed'

VCRN

Variable Coupon Renewable Note

VGZ

Vengold

VIX

Market Volatility index symbol

VXN Market Volatility index symbol (NDX on CBOE)
   

WWW

 

   

W

'warrant'

WA

Western Australia

WACC Weighted Average Cost of Capital
WAL Weight Averaged Life

WFOE

Wholly Foreign-Owned Enterprise

WGC

World Gold Council

WHT

Wheaton Minerals Ltd.

WI When Issued

$ WLSH

Wilshire 5000 Total Market Index

W%R

Williams %R {TA]

WTSHTF

When the stuff hits the fan

WWW

World Wide Web

WYSIWYG

what you see is what you get [slang]

 

 

XXX

 

 

 

XAGUSDO FOREX

Silver spot price

 

 

XAU

Philadelphia Gold and Silver Index [index]

$XAX

AMEX Composite Index

XD Ex Dividend

XEU

Euro Index

XJY

Japanese yen

XLB

spyder; S&P Basic Industry SPDR

XLE

spyder; S&P Energy SPDR

XLF

spyder; S&P Financial SPDR

XLF

spyder; S&P Industrial SPDR

XLK

spyder; S&P Tech SPDR

XLP

spyder; S&P Consumer Staples SPDR

XLU

spyder; S&P Utility SPDR

XLV

spyder; S&P Consumer Services SPDR

XLY

spyder; S&P Cyclicals and Transports SPDR

XW

ex-warrant

   

YYY

 

YAFTS

Yet Another Free T Shirt

YGM

You've got mail [slang WWW]

YMMV

Your mileage may vary [slang WWW]

YN Young Numismatist
YOY Year over Year

YTD

year to date

 

 

ZZZ

 

Zar

South African Rand

 

 

.Ax

 

^xxx

index (for example ^N225 is the Nikkei 225 average as trades on the Osaka exchange)

 

 

5C's of credit

The five key elements for a borrower to obtain credit: character, capacity, capital, collateral and condition.

10-K

Detailed annual financial report for a publicly-traded company

10- Q

quarterly financial report for a publicly-traded company

123

Elliot Wave counts [TA]

401(k)

section of us IRS code and plan pertaining to tax-deferred investing

403(b)

A deferred compensation plan similar to a 401(k) except offered by non-profit organizations.

529

That section of IRS code that allows for tax deferred college savings

1031

IRS Code Section; equity exchange:

1040

U.S. Individual Income Tax Return form; variations are 1040A and 1040EZ.

1099

US IRS form, IRS form for reporting annual principle and interest income to investors.

 

 Reporting of Gold Sale (Kruggerands)

 

 

 

 

 

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