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An exchange traded contract where an obligation exists for the buyer to purchase (or a seller to sell) a commodity or a financial instrument at a future date and price.

Fundamental Analysis

An evaluation method which utilizes metrics gleaned from revenue reporting, future growth plans, earnings and other company data.

FTSE 100

Abbreviation for the United Kingdom 100 Index.

FT-SE 100 Share Index

The Financial Times Stock Exchange 100 Index is an aggregation of 100 blue chip companies traded on the London Stock Exchange.

Fractional Shares

A share of equity that is only a portion of a full share, resulting from stock splits, corporate mergers or stock buyouts.

Fourier Analysis

A method of anlayzing periodic waves through leveraging Trigonometric functions.

Forward Points

These are exchange rate points that reflect the difference between interest rates of two currencies. Forward Points are the basis points that are added or subtracted from the spot rate for a forward exchange transaction.

Foreign Exchange

The simultaneous transaction of buying one currency and selling another, occurring on the global marketplace referred to as "Forex" or "FX".

Force Index

An oscillator designed by Dr. Alexander Elder that measures the power behind price movements to identify potential changes in trend.


Federal Open Market Committee of the U.S. Federal Reserve that establishes monetary policy.

Floor Broker

As an independent member of an Exchange, these individuals operate on the floor of an exchange to manage transactions for other exchange members that become overloaded with orders.


A neutral position for a security that is neither short or long.

Fixed Annuity

A contract that obligates an insurance company to make a series of payments to the customer for the duration of the contract. It's a popular strategy for retirees to achieve a steady income.

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)

An independent self-regulatory agency that assists the Securities and Exchange Commission in regulating securities firms conducting business in the United States.

Fill or Kill (FOK)

A stock transaction order instructing that a stock be bought or sold immediately in its entirety otherwise the entire order is automatically cancelled.


Point at which an order is fully executed.

Fibonacci Numbers

A numerical pattern in a series where beginning with 0 and 1, the sequence of subsequent numbers are derived from the sum of the previous two.

Federal Reserve System

The United State's monetary regulation authority consisting of 12 Federal Reserve Banks which serve member commercial banks in their respective jurisdictions. This system regulates the supply of credit and currency.

Federal Reserve Board (Fed)

A Board of Governors for the Federal Reserve System in Washington D.C. appointed by the President that establishes monetary policy and monitors the economy.

Federal Housing Administration (FHA)

A U.S. government agency that establishes standards for construction and provides mortgage insurance to private lenders and banks.

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