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When an individual investor is attempting to build up the value of a portfolio, he or she is said to be accumulating wealth.


An acquisition is a corporate action in which a company buys most, if not all, of another firm’s ownership stakes to assume control of it.

Ascending triangle

The ascending triangle is a bullish formation that usually forms during an uptrend as a continuation pattern.


Also, known as trading alerts, allow you to set specific criteria and be notified immediately once that criteria have been met.

Annual report

Annual Report-this is the yearly financial statement that shows the corporation’s financial status. There is also a 10K, which contains more detail than the annual report.

Ask price

The current price at which someone is willing to sell the security for.

Averaging down

When a trader purchases a security and if the trader purchases more as it continues to go down, it’s referred to as averaging down.

Abandoned baby

A rare and considered strong reversal pattern characterized by a gap followed by a Doji, which is then followed by another gap in the opposite direction.


Characterized by an uptrend with subsequently higher highs and higher lows.

Accumulation distribution line

A momentum indicator that relates price changes with volume.

After Hours

Any trades either buying or selling done after the close at 4pm EST.

All or None

An order issued to a broker by a buyer or seller to fill the order completely or not at all. There are no partial transactions.


The term used for the American Stock Exchange.


A person with expertise in evaluating financial instruments; he or she performs investment research and makes recommendations to institutional and retail investors to buy, sell, or hold.

Average True Range (ATR)

An indicator that measures a security’s volatility. High ATR values indicate high volatility and may be an indication of panic selling or panic buying. Low ATR readings indicate sideways movement by the stock.

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