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Delivery Price
The price fixed by the Clearing house at which deliveries on futures are in invoiced; also the price at which the futures contract is settled when deliveries are made.
Delta
Also called the hedge ratio, the ratio of the change in price of a call option to the change in price of the underlying stock.
Delta Neutral
A position arranged by selecting a calculated ratio of short and long positions that balance out to an overall position delta of zero.
Delta Position
A measure of option or underlying securities delta.
Delta-Hedged
An options strategy protecting an option against price changes in the option's underlying instrument by balancing the overall position delta to zero.
Depreciation
A decline in an investment's value.
Derivative
A financial security whose value is based on, or "derived" from, a traditional security, asset, or market index.
Derivative Markets
Markets for derivative instruments.
DIAMONDS
Shares in an ETF, Diamonds Trust Series I, that track the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The fund is structured as a unit investment trust.
Diffusion Process
A conception of the way a stock's price changes that assumes that the price takes on all intermediate values.
Dime Rally
A sharp or brisk rise following a decline in the general price level of the market, or in an individual stock. Related: Rally
Dirty Price
Related: Full price
Discount
Referring to the selling price of a bond, a price below its par value. Related: Premium
Discount Brokers
Brokerage firms that offer lower commission rates than full service brokers, but do not offer services such as advice, research and portfolio planning.
Discount Rate
The interest rate that the Federal Reserve charges a bank to borrow funds when a bank is temporarily short of funds. Collateral is necessary to borrow, and such borrowing is quite limited because the Fed views it as a privilege to be used to meet short-term liquidity needs, and not a device to increase earnings.
Discount to NAV
Unlike regular open-end mutual funds, which are bought and sold directly from the fund company at the net asset value (NAV) of their portfolio securities, ETFs and closed-end funds trade at prices determined by the market forces of supply and demand. A fund that trades at a price less than its NAV is said to trade at a discount to its NAV.
Discretionary Account
Accounts over which an individual or organization, other than the person in whose name the account is carried, exercises trading authority or control.
Distribution
The payment of dividends and capital gains to shareholders
Distributor
The organization arranging for the sale of fund shares either directly to the public or through intermediaries, such as financial advisers.
Divergence
When 2 or more averages or indices fail to show confirming trends.
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