Wednesday, February 11, 2009

"Amid Market Gloom, Fund Manager Fights Against Jargon"

Are you using too much jargon in your market commentary? 

Read "Amid Market Gloom, Fund Manager Fights Against Jargon" for the tale of a British fund manager trying to eliminate jargon and wordiness.

Here are most of the terms he's fighting:
  • Aggressively
  • Backdrop 
  • Basis points
  • Bets
  • Drawdown
  • Going forward
  • Is primarily engaged in
  • Headwinds, tailwinds
  • Musings
  • Names
  • On the back of
  • Perfect storm
  • Space

Some of these are okay with me. "Headwinds" bothers me the most. The article suggests "positive trends" as an alternative. "Basis points" is one of my pet peeves.

What investment jargon are you battling?

Susan B. Weiner, CFA
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