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Devil's Derivatives DictionaryTM Last revised: March 02, 2002
8/28/00. Darrell Zimmermann Rule, drop the H-Bomb!, O'Hare spread.
phantom stock, jack-in-the-box swap, piggyback offering, sheeple.
bouncing Czech, Pirate of Prague.
5/28/00. irrational exuberance.
4/28/00. big, swinging dick, blank check company, "[the] bouncing Czech", Chapter 22s, Flaming Ferraris, roll-up, short-term
funding agreement, Wall Street walk.
With neither apologies nor royalties to Ambrose Bierce he's long dead and
the copyright on his Devil's Dictionary has long run out,
here's our deliberately dark, and hopefully light view of
Derivatives terms and others. Ed.
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reflect the official view of the William Margrabe Group, Inc.,
William Margrabe, or anyone else connected with the Group. We
offer this page only as a service to anyone interested in
understanding the dark side of the financial world. The
definitions certainly don't reflect the official views of
contributors, who remain anonymous, unless otherwise noted.
Because of the cynical and sarcastic nature of some of the
definitions, we hope they don't reflect anyone's true point of
view. If they reflect anything, it is only random, fugitive
thoughts of abnormal minds, hopefully depressed by alcohol or
excited by caffeine. And yet, can we say that these definitions
contain no kernels of truth? You be the judge.
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includes useful information such as where your read or
heard the term, and the context in which you found it (this will
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and your definitions when we revise the
FYI, for everyone who like me
lacks a background in Latin, q.v. is the abbreviation for
a Latin expression that means, "which see". When you
see (q.v.) in a definition, you might want to follow up
the definition you're reading with a visit to the definition of
the nearby Derivatives term, to add context.
affinity fraud, Mr. Ten Percent. Revised: 6/28/99. courtesy call, Richard
5/28/99. Dead hand, gaiatsu, initial public offering,
Red Thursday, viatical settlement.
3/28/99. Basher, dozega, hypster, potential accounting
2/28/99. Air bag economy, D&D, the big Kahuna, Price
Keeping Operation, stock promoter.
Revised: 1/28/99. Episcopal Church, jetiquette, peer competitor,
Republican Party, vapor paper.
11/28/98. [the] base, cookie jar accounting, mooning the
giant, paint the tape, red meat, top cat.
9/2898. Bailout, bulletproofing, convoy system, death
spirals, emerging markets, European Central Bank, European
Monetary Union, flight to quality, market neutral strategy,
notional principal, style drift, submerging markets,
transparency, unwind, Volga boat ride.
8/28/98. Art, bubble, Baht's entertainment!, burn rate,
certificates of guaranteed confiscation, financial planner,
flavor of the month, full Monica, hypocrisy, impotence, kangaroo
bond, kiwi bond, Mr. Five Percent, open the kimono, spin, spin
doctors, spinning, undocumented feature, wiggle room.
7/28/98. Dagenham smile, delay, deny, denigrate, and
distract, D.W.B., Eurotrash, faux pas, gaffe, gigabite (revised),
heart attack futures, International Monetary Fund, jitterati,
kiss, literati, moral hazard, [El] Nino, penny stock,
Red Herring, Reinheitsgebot law, roach motel, "rocket"
docket, rounding error, Sammy Davis, Jr., Theory of Leadership,
statistician, teenie, Uncle Joe, Viagra, WESON, zipless fuck,
5/28/98. adverse selection, apology, beard, Belorussian Roublette, buba, bubba.
4/28/98. alphabet soup, coin-operated employee, crossed
market, distinguished elderly gentleman, index arbitrage, January
defect, January effect, locked market.
4/11/98. Angel capital, Beardstown bozos, bimbo-topia, circuit
breakers, coin-operated employee, collar, common cents, corporate
opportunity, democratization of capital, dumb money, flipping,
front running, index arbitrage, leveraged flyout, obstruction of
justice, packing, stripping, VC money, 3F money.
3/1/98. Asian Tigers, black chip stocks, cheat sheet, dead Tiger
bounce, Dr. Death, downshifter, information curtain, kinyu
biggu ban, s'teenth, yo-yo trade.
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