Forex Terms D



Daylight position limit. The maximum amount of a certain currency a trader is allowed to carry at any single time, between the regular trading hours.

Dead cross. An intersection of two consecutive moving averages that move in opposite directions and should technically be disregarded.

Dealing systems. On-line computers that link the contributing banks around the world on a one-on-one basis.

Delta. (1) The change of the currency option price relative to a change in the currency price; (2) the hedge ratio between the option contracts and the currency futures contracts necessary to establish a neutral hedge; (3) the theoretical or equivalent share position. In the third case, delta is the number of currency futures contracts a call buyer is long or a put buyer is short. Delta ranges between 0 and 1.

Descending triangle. A triangle continuation formation with a flat lower trend-line and a downward-sloping upper trend-line.

Descending triple bottom. Bearish point-and-figure chart formation that suggests that the currency is likely to break a support line the third time it reaches it. Each new bottom is lower than the previous one.

Diagonal spread. A compound option strategy that consists of several same-type options, in which the long side and the short side have different strike prices and different expirations.

Diamond. A minor reversal pattern that resembles a diamond shape.

Direct dealing. An aggressive approach in which banks contact each other outside the brokers' market.

Directional Movement Index. A signal of trend presence in the market. The line simply rates the price directional movement on a scale of 0 to 100. The higher the number, the better the trend potential of a movement, and vice versa.

Discount forward spread. A forward price that is deducted from a spot price to calculate a forward price. It reflects the fact that the foreign interest rate is lower than the U.S. interest rate for that particular period.

Discount rate. The interest rate at which eligible depository institutions may borrow funds directly from the Federal Reserve Banks. The rate is controlled by the Federal Reserve and is not subject to trading.

Discretion for range to trader stop-loss order. A stop-loss order that gives the trader a number of discretionary pips within which the order has to be filled.

Double bottoms. A bullish reversal pattern that consists of two bottoms of approximately equal heights. A parallel (resistance) line is drawn against a line that connects the two bottoms. The break of the resistance line generates a move equal in size to the price difference between the average height of the bottoms and the resistance line.

Double tops. A bearish reversal pattern that consists of two tops of approximately equal heights. A parallel (support) line is drawn against a resistance line that connects the two tops. The break of the support line generates a move equal in size to the price difference between the average height of the tops and the support line.

Downside tasuki gap. A bearish two-day candlestick combination. It consists of a second-day blank bar that closes an overnight gap opened on the previous day by a black bar.

Downward breakout of a bearish support line. A bearish point-and-figure chart formation that confirms the currency's breakout of a support line the third time it reaches it.

Downward breakout of a bullish support line. A bearish point-and-figure chart formation that confirms the currency's breakout of a support line the third time it reaches it. The support line is sloped upward.

Downward breakout from a consolidation formation. A bearish point-and-figure chart formation that resembles the inverse flag formation. A valid downside breakout from the consolidation formation has a price target equal in size to the length of the previous downtrend.

Durable Goods Orders. An economic indicator that measures the changes in sales of products with a life span in excess of three years.

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