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THE DERIVATIVES 'ZINETM     November 2001


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The Devil's Derivatives DictionaryTM  Last revised: March 02, 2002    

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z #  

Last revised: 8/28/00. Darrell Zimmermann Rule, drop the H-Bomb!, O'Hare spread. 
8/28/00. phantom stock, jack-in-the-box swap, piggyback offering, sheeple. 
6/28/00. 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.

Disclaimer: The definitions in this dictionary do not 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.

If you ever run across a mischievous Derivatives term that you don't see in the Devil's Derivatives DictionaryTM why don't you just send Dr. Risk E-mail that includes useful information – such as where your read or heard the term, and the context in which you found it (this will increase your probability of a favorable outcome) – and tell him your cynical, politically incorrect definition? Dr. Risk will respond to you directly. We'll feature the most interesting terms – and your definitions – when we revise the page.

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.

Revised: 9/28/99. affinity fraud, Mr. Ten Percent. Revised: 6/28/99. courtesy call, Richard Petty syndrome. 
5/28/99. Dead hand, gaiatsu, initial public offering, Red Thursday, viatical settlement. 
3/28/99. Basher, dozega, hypster, potential accounting irregularities, suicide. 
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, Zombie companies.
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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