Financial jargon explained

Here you’ll find a simple explanation of some of the most commonly used investment terms. If there is any other financial jargon you want translated, please call our Customer Service Team free on 0800 597 2525 or email us at and they will be pleased to help.




The amount of buying and selling going on in a market. In a liquid market a lot of dealing is going on. In a illiquid market there is not much dealing taking place.

Listed or traded on an exchange

In relation to the Shares of a company or of a Fund, when those Shares have been accepted for trading on an exchange. The exchange will have ‘listing requirements’ which must be met.


Long-dated Government stock (gilts), i.e. with a life of over 15 years.

Lump sum

Investing an amount of money in one go.