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Daily Range
The difference between the high and low price of a security in one trading day.
Day Order
An order that is placed for execution, if possible, during only one trading session. If the order cannot be executed that day, it is automatically canceled.
Day Trading
Refers to establishing and liquidating the same position or positions within one day's trading.
Day's Range
The highest and lowest price reached in one day's time.
Days Till Expiration (DTE)
The number of days between today and the day the contract expires. For most exchanges, this includes only trading days, but for some exchanges in Europe, it includes weekends and holidays. We follow the recommendations of the exchange itself when deciding whether or not to include weekends and holidays.
Dealer
An entity that stands ready and willing to buy a security for its own account (at its bid price) or sell from its own account (at its ask price).
Dealer Options
Over-the-counter options, such as those offered by government and mortgage backed securities dealers.
Debit Spread
The difference in value between 2 options, where the value of the long position exceeds the value of the short position.
Debt Instrument
An asset requiring fixed dollar payments, such as a government or corporate bond.
Debt Market
The market for trading debt instruments.
Deep-in-the-Money
A deep-in-the-money call option has a strike price well below the current price of the underlying instrument. A deep-in-the-money put option has a strike price well above the current price of the underlying instrument. Both primarily consist of intrinsic value.
Default Risk
Also referred to as credit risk (as gauged by commercial rating companies), the risk that an issuer of a bond may be unable to make timely principal and interest payments.
Deferred Futures
The most distant months of a futures contract. Related: Nearby deferred-interest bond. A bond that sells at a discount and does not pay interest for an initial period, typically from three to seven years.
Deferred Load
Future sales charge that fund may charge as a fee at time of redemption (investor exit). Common in traditional mutual funds, rare in ETFs.
Deferred Sales Charge
A type of back end load sales charge, a deferred sales charge is a fee charged when shares are redeemed within a specific period following their purchase.
Delayed Time
Quotes from a data service provider which are delayed up to 20 minutes from real time quotes.
Delivery
The tender and receipt of an actual commodity or financial instrument in settlement of a futures contract.
Delivery Notice
The written notice given by the seller of his intention to make delivery against an open, short futures position on a particular date. Related: Notice day
Delivery Options
The options available to the seller of an interest rate futures contract, including the quality option, the timing option, and the wild card option. Delivery options make the buyer uncertain of which Treasury bond will be delivered or when it will be delivered.
Delivery Points
Those points designated by futures exchanges at which the financial instrument or commodity covered by a futures contract may be delivered in fulfillment of such contract.
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