14 Meaningless Stock Market Phrases

Great list from Henry Blodget of Business Insider

14 Meaningless Phrases That Will Make You Sound Like A Stock-Market Wizard

“The easy money has been made.”
“I’m cautiously optimistic.”
“It’s a stockpicker’s market.”
“It’s not a stock market. It’s a market of stocks.”
“We’re constructive on the market.”
“Stocks are down on ‘profit taking.’”
“The trend is your friend.”
“More buyers than sellers.”
“There’s lots of cash on the sidelines.”
“We’re in a bottoming process.”
“Buy on weakness.”
“Take a wait-and-see approach.”
“It’s a show-me stock.”

The full article with detailed explanations is worth a read.


14 Meaningless Phrases That Will Make You Sound Like A Stock-Market Wizard
Henry Blodget
Business Insider, December 29, 2014

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  1. rd commented on Jan 4

    My personal favorite has always been “We are constructive on the market”.

    Oddly enough, when Wall Street bets, poor quality securities, and leverage were crushing the world’s financial markets in 2008, they weren’t running around saying “We are destructive on the markets.”

    In civil engineering, we are much more precise in our language. When we are in “construction”, we are building something (75% of the time in the financial markets). When we are in “demolition”, then we are quickly and relatively indiscriminately taking down an old structure turning everything into recycling scrap or debris for disposal (financial markets in 2008), and “de-construction” is a much more orderly disassembling of a valuable old structure, saving usable old bricks, wood, etc. for future re-use (FDIC bank takeover).

  2. VennData commented on Jan 4

    Ask anyone who says there’s cash in the sidelines where the sellers dispose of their cash.

    • VennData commented on Jan 4

      When someone says there was somebody out there “buying options” who was selling the exact same amount?

  3. jbegan commented on Jan 4

    LOL! Well said. And then there are the lies like “Insider sell for many reasons, but since insiders have exclusive information on the company performance, if they are risking their own money on the stock, usually they should have good reasons.”

    • VennData commented on Jan 6

      Yeah, borrow against your stock to “buy a home” Tue whole concept of big stock and options packages is to provide incentives to make the company grow, bit so the manager can diversify

  4. intlacct commented on Jan 5

    A Random Walk looks more and more prescient…

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