7986 South Datura Circle West
Littleton, CO 80120
(303) 683-3338
Categories Menu

Posted by on Mar 7, 2008 in FUN AND MONEY | 0 comments

Aunt Millie goes to Bagel Land, and more jargon

On the Money From the March 7, 2008 print edition There seems to be no end to the desire of one group of people to attempt to confuse another. For example, doctors use jargon to confuse patients — and maybe to justify high fees. Acronyms that acquire phonetic pronunciation in government are enough to send even the brightest of civilians babbling into the hills. In fact, an equally frightening phrase describes the process of creating pronounceable acronyms. It’s called “acronym-initialism-hybriding.” Of course, the world of finance is no different. Here’s a look at some of the latest jargon, slang and acronym-initialism-hybrids. Aunt Millie — an uneducated or unsophisticated investor. The term is considered a derogatory remark in the financial sector, often used to refer to poor investment choices. Bagel Land — The imaginary place a stock or other security goes when its price approaches zero. This usually results from one or more major problems that may not be resolvable. This term describes a formerly popular company that has fallen from grace —...

Read More

Posted by on May 4, 2007 in FUN AND MONEY | 0 comments

A haircut on your jumbo during cramdown?

On the Money From the May 4, 2007 print edition Two friends were discussing the fate of their financial futures. The first asked, “Did you have to take a haircut on your jumbo during cramdown?” The second answered, “I was eating my own dog food, but I backed up the truck before the cat bounced.” A reasonable conversation, right? Not unless you have an understanding of the sectarian vernacular of the finance industry. Every industry develops colloquialisms, words and phrases that have special meaning within it. Even the serious community of finance and banking has many catchphrases. Slang terminology grows out of behavior. Therefore, some insights into the financial activities may be revealed by the following buzzwords. Haircut — The percentage by which an asset’s market value is reduced for the purpose of calculating value taking into account risk, broker’s commission, fees and other transaction-related costs. Jumbo — A mortgage with a loan amount exceeding the conforming loan limits set by the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO), and therefore not eligible...

Read More

Posted by on Jun 6, 2003 in FUN AND MONEY | 0 comments

The latest catch phrases put the fun in financing

On the Money From the June 6, 2003 print edition Every industry develops a vernacular language, words and phrases that have special meaning within that community. Even the stolid community of finance and banking has a number of “catch phrases.” The following are some of the less-reverent, but revealing phrases in use today. Slang terminology grows out of behavior. Are there some lessons in these buzz-words? Air-Pocket Stock – When the price of a stock plunges unexpectedly, similar to an airplane when it hits an air pocket. This is almost always caused by shareholders selling because of unexpected bad news. Back Up The Truck – A situation where a large buyer scoops up huge quantities of a stock. In other words, when somebody “likes a stock enough to back up the truck,” they are very bullish on it. Big Uglies – A term used to describe the old industrial companies in gritty industries like mining, steel, and oil. Big uglies are often overlooked by investors seeking fast profits. Because of their bulletproof earnings, investors tend...

Read More