Glossary – Trading

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There are 17 names in this directory beginning with the letter I.
Little volume being traded in the market; a lack of liquidity often creates choppy market conditions.

International Monetary Fund, established in 1946 to provide international liquidity on a short and medium term and encourage liberalization of exchange rates. The IMF helps its members to tide over the balance of payments problems with supplying the necessary loans.

International Monetary Market, the Chicago-based currency futures market, that is part of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

IMM futures
A traditional futures contract based on major currencies against the US dollar. IMM futures are traded on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

IMM session
8:00am – 3:00pm New York.

Abbreviation for the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

Industrial production
Measures the total value of output produced by manufacturers, mines and utilities. This data tends to react quickly to the expansions and contractions of the business cycle and can act as a leading indicator of employment and personal income data.

An economic condition whereby prices for consumer goods rise, eroding purchasing power.

Initial Margin
The deposit required by the Broker before a client can trade/transact a deal to have some cushion in the event of default by the party.

Initial margin requirement
The initial deposit of collateral required to enter into a position.

Interbank rates
The Foreign Exchange rates which large international banks quote to each other.

A fee paid by a borrower of assets to the owner as a form of compensation for the use of the assets.

Action by a central bank to affect the value of its currency by entering the market. Concerted intervention refers to action by a number of central banks to control exchange rates.

Introducing broker
A person or corporate entity which introduces accounts to a broker in return for a fee.

Symbol for S&P 500 Index.

Industrial Production Index. A coincident indicator measuring physical output of manufacturing, mining and utilities.

A private company’s initial offer of stock to the public – short for Initial Public Offering.
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