Glossary - D

Trading terms that begin with the letter D

Day Trading
What Does Day Trader Mean?

A stock trader who holds positions for a very short time (from minutes to hours) and makes numerous trades each day. Most trades are entered and closed out within the same day.

Dead Cat Bounce
What Does Dead Cat Bounce Mean?

A temporary recovery from a prolonged decline or bear market, after which the market continues to fall.

Double-Dip Recession
What Does Double-Dip Recession Mean?

When gross domestic product (GDP) growth slides back to negative after a quarter or two of positive growth. A double-dip recession refers to a recession followed by a short-lived recovery, followed by another recession.

The causes for a double-dip recession vary but often include a slowdown in the demand for goods and services because of layoffs and spending cutbacks from the previous downturn.

A double-dip (or even triple-dip) is a worst-case scenario. Fear that the economy will move back into a deeper and longer recession makes recovery even more difficult.

Dove
What Does Dove Mean?

An economic policy advisor who promotes monetary policies that involve the maintenance of low interest rates, believing that inflation and its negative effects will have a minimal impact on society. This term is derived from the docile and placid nature of the bird of the same name, and is the opposite of the term "hawk".

Statements that suggest that inflation will have a minimal impact are called "dovish".

Downswing
What Does Downswing Mean?

A reduction in the overall level of economic or business activity. Downswings may be caused by fluctuations in the business cycle or a variety of macroeconomic events. Downswing may also refer to the downward movement in the value of a security following a period of stable or rising prices

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