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The exchange of paper certificates for securities to an electronic format. 


An asset's decline in value over time.


Securities where value is derived from or linked to an underlying asset such as bonds, stocks and currencies.

Derivative Pricing Model

A method that analyzes several factors to propose the fair price of a futures or options contract. The best-known example is the Black-Scholes Option Pricing Model.

Descending Bottoms

A technical chart pattern where each lowest valley is lower than the previous occurrence.

Descending Tops

A technical chart pattern where each highest peak is lower than the previous occurrence.

Descending Triangle

A chart pattern for a security that is defined by the use of two Trendlines on either side of a series of high and low prices that looks similar to a triangle pointed to the right.


To remove the prevalent tendency of a segment of statistical data relative to time.


An official reduction in value of a country's currency within a fixed exchange rate system, relative to another currency.

Diagonal Spread

A strategy that is initiated through the simultaneous purchase and sale of two options of the same type (both calls or both puts) that have different expiration and strike prices.


A charge assessed by the dealer/specialist for executing an odd lot order, represented by a fraction of a point added to the purchase price or subtracted from the sale price.


Reduction in the proportion of income distribution for each share as a result of new shares being issued.

Directional Movement Index

A technical indicator designed by J. Welles Wilder that identifies trend in financial instruments.

Discount Bond

A bond that is selling Bonds selling at a price below it's face value.

Discount Rate

The interest rate at which banks may borrow funding from the Federal Reserve.

Discretionary Account

A brokerage account where a client grants their investment manager the authority to make all decisions on how their portfolio is managed. 

Displaced Moving Average

A technical indicator that shifts the plotting of a Simple Moving Average by a specific period, to the left or right of where the SMA would ordinarily plot.

Distribution Line

A predictive technical indicator that evaluates increasing trade volume as a forecast of increasing stock prices.


A company's payment of capital gains or dividends. Typically distributed to shareholders at least once a year.


When two or more indicators move in different directions, failing to identify a directional trend.