The layman's finance crisis glossary
Thread poster: Pnina
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Sep 20, 2008

Dear translators,
The current financial crisis has thrown terminology from the business pages onto the front page of newspapers.
Here is a recent guide to the business terms that are currently cropping up regularly, as well as some of the words that have been coined to describe some of the social effects of the credit crunch. (The glossary explains what is credit crunch).

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Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
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Some definitions are incomplete, or wrong Sep 20, 2008

Thanks for posting, Pnina,
Most of the explanations are fine - some, however, are incomplete (futures are not exclusively based on commodities, for example), and some are plainly wrong (swap).

Best regards,

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thanks Sep 23, 2008

nice and simple, thanks for the link.


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Liming Sun
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thanks for share Sep 26, 2008

simple and useful. Ding

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Ricardo Galarza
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Swap Sep 27, 2008


What is it so wrong about that definition of swap? I always understood that for a swap, or a swap transaction. In fact, when I translate it into Spanish, I always clarify: "... un intercambio de flujos para fijar la tasa de interés que pagará tal o cual entidad", pretty much consistent with the definition in that glossary. Was I wrong all along? Or what is a swap anyway?

It's true that futures not only cover physical commodities, but also financial instruments. But all the other definitions in the glossary seem just fine and indeed useful; at least for me, who am about as layman as you can get. Thanks, Pnina, for the link.

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