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Glossary

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Face Value

Value of a bond to be paid out at maturity. Also known as Par Value.

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)

US regulatory agency charged with regulating US banks. The FDIC provides insurance up to $100,000 per account.

Federal Funds Rate (FFR)

Interest rate at which private depository institutions (mostly banks) lend balances (federal funds) at the Federal Reserve to other depository institutions, usually overnight. The FFR is guided (but not determined outright) by the Federal Open Market Committee.

Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC)

Committee made up of Federal Reserve members, which meets eight times a year to discuss/ implement monetary policy.

Federal Reserve Bank (Fed)

The central bank of the United States, responsible for using monetary policy to promote economic growth and price stability.

Fiat Currency

Money declared by a government to be legal tender, and not backed by any other commodity, such as gold.

Fibonacci Numbers

Sequence of numbers in which each successive number is the sum of the two previous numbers. Fibonacci numbers are used in financial/currency markets to develop trading algorithms, applications and strategies. The four most common forms are the Fibonacci fan, Fibonacci Arc, Fibonacci Retracement and the Fibonacci Time Extension.

Financial Services Authority (FSA)

Agency designated by the UK Treasury to regulate the UK financial industry.

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)

US regulatory agency charged with regulating US banks. The FDIC provides insurance up to $100,000 per account.

Federal Funds Rate (FFR)

Interest rate at which private depository institutions (mostly banks) lend balances (federal funds) at the Federal Reserve to other depository institutions, usually overnight. The FFR is guided (but not determined outright) by the Federal Open Market Committee.

Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC)

Committee made up of Federal Reserve members, which meets eight times a year to discuss/ implement monetary policy.

Federal Reserve Bank (Fed)

The central bank of the United States, responsible for using monetary policy to promote economic growth and price stability.

Fiat Currency

Money declared by a government to be legal tender, and not backed by any other commodity, such as gold.

Fibonacci Numbers

Sequence of numbers in which each successive number is the sum of the two previous numbers. Fibonacci numbers are used in financial/currency markets to develop trading algorithms, applications and strategies. The four most common forms are the Fibonacci fan, Fibonacci Arc, Fibonacci Retracement and the Fibonacci Time Extension.

Financial Services Authority (FSA)

Agency designated by the UK Treasury to regulate the UK financial industry.

Fiscal Policy

Refers to tax policy, government spending, and other government initiatives directed at optimizing economic performance.

Fixed Exchange Rate

Exchange rate regime in which a currency is pegged by the Central Bank so that it cannot fluctuate against other currencies. Currencies can be pegged to other currencies or commodities, such as gold.

Forward Contract

Derivative Agreement between two parties to buy or sell an asset at a certain future time for a certain price agreed today. This is in contrast to a spot contract, which is an agreement to buy or sell an asset today.

Fundamental Analysis

The analysis of economic indicators and political and current events that could effect the future direction of financial markets. Opposite of Technical Analysis.

Futures Contract

Standardized contract to buy or sell a specified commodity/asset of standardized quality at a certain date in the future, at a market determined price (the futures price). The contracts differ from forward contracts in that they are traded on a futures exchange.

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