Basis

Definition:

The price an investor pays for a security plus any out-of-pocket expenses. It is used to determine capital gains or losses for tax purposes when the stock is sold. Also, for a futures contract, the difference between the cash price and the futures price observed in the market.

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Shakeout

A dramatic change in market conditions that forces speculators to sell their positions, often at a loss.

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