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Halloween Treat - Wall Street's Scary Words Explained

Wall Street has been tossing around some terrifying terms these days. Phrases from Graveyard Market to Dead Cat Bound explained in this video. Watch.

Have you ever wondered where the word Halloween came from, or what it means?

It's believed that the word originated in Scotland, in the early 1700s. "Halloween" is derived from the term "Holy Eve," the name of the day before the Nov. 1 Celtic new year.

Did you know that Wall Street has its own share of scary words?  Here are a few.

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  • Graveyard Market: Refers to bear markets in which investors can't sell their holdings without suffering large losses while other investors, wary of the bear market, decide not to invest at all. (Barron's Dictionary)
  • Death Play: The strategy of buying or short-selling a stock with the expectation that the move will prove lucrative should a company executive die. (Britannica)
  • Dead Cat Bounce: Refers to the momentary jump in the price of a stock after a major decline. (Britannica)
  • Jekyll and Hyde: Investments that are characterized by sudden shifts (good or bad) in value as previously concealed information is released. (Investopedia)

Watch the video to learn the meaning of Corporate Cannibalism, Witching, Zombie Companies/Stocks, Phantom Stocks and Voodoo Accounting.

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