Financial Vocabulary #1

In this week’s episode of the Art of Business English we are going to look at some vocabulary used in the financial sector. Some of these expressions are informal and you may not have heard them before, but they will make your English sound very native.

Understanding English vocabulary can be difficult at the best of times, but when you throw financial terms into the mix, then things can become even more confusing.

To help you understand these terms better, I have provided the meaning as well as an example to put things into context.

Let’s start learning. 

Gangbusters

Meaning:

To be very successful.

Example:

“The stock price went gangbuster when the company announced they had won a massive public works project.”

To pop

Meaning:

To suddenly explode (upwards)

Example:

“The company’s stock price popped on Tuesday when their financial results beat analysts’ expectations.”

To crash

Meaning:

To suddenly drop in value or fail

Example:

“The company’s stock price crashed on Monday in after hours trading when regulators said they were investing the company over fraud.”

To spike

Meaning:

A sharp increase in something

Example:

“There has been a spike in sales over the summer.”

To collapse

Meaning:

To suddenly fall down

Example:

“The collapse in the price of gold left many investors out of pocket.”

To run hot

Meaning:

Very active economy

Example:

“The economy is running hot in the third quarter and will probably lead to inflation.”

To leave money on the table

Meaning:

Missing an opportunity to make money

Example:

“If we don’t upsell to our existing clients then we are leaving money on the table.”

Fintech

Meaning:

Financial technology, business who offer financial services using technology

Example:

“Fintech is all the rage lately; these companies will revolutionize the financial services sector.”

To lap something up

Meaning:

To respond enthusiastically

Example:

“Our customers are lapping up our latest offer.”

Risk tolerance

Meaning:

How much risk an investor is willing to accept on an investment

Example:

“The older you get the lower your risk tolerance.”

To leverage

Meaning:

Using borrowed money to make investments

Example:

“Leveraging your investment portfolio can lead to greater profits, but also carried greater risk.”

Venture capitalists

Meaning:

A private investor who invests in early-stage companies with high growth potential

Example:

“Many start-ups look to venture capitalist for funding when they are just starting out.”

Boom to bust

Meaning:

A period of great prosperity then followed by a sudden decline in the economy

Example:

“My company’s fortunes went from boom to bust.”

Final thoughts

Well, there you have my list of financial terms to get you sounding like a native. This is the first episode in a series of financial vocabulary I will be posting, so make sure you stay posted for future updates. If you haven’t subscribed to the AOBE yet, then now is a great time. You can subscribe here.

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Andrew


Andrew is the CEO and founder of the Art of Business English. Besides teaching and coaching native Spanish speakers in Business English, he is also passionate about mountain biking, sailing and healthy living. When He is not working, Andrew loves to spend time with his family and friends.

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