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Glossary: R

These are common terms used in the financial services industry


Where the price moves within a defined boundary.

Realised profit/loss

The amount of money you have made or lost on a position once it has been closed. Realised profit or loss will add to or subtract from your account cash balance.

Relative strength index (RSI)

A chart indicator used in technical analysis. It identifies when trends are coming to the end of their current direction, as well as overbought and oversold market conditions.

Renounceable rights

Issue of rights where the offeree can choose to take up the rights offered, let them lapse, or trade them on the market.

Resistance level

A term used in technical analysis indicating a price level at which analysis suggests a predominance of selling – and hence a greater likelihood that the price will fail to break through the level.

Retail sales

This figure represents the total of durable and non-durable goods sales by retailers to consumers. Services are largely excluded from this statistic.

Rights issue

An additional issue of shares by a company to existing shareholders at an advantageous, discounted price, usually in order to raise new funds for further development or to finance a new acquisition. A two for five rights issue at $1.45 means that the existing shareholder has the right to acquire a further two shares for every five currently held at a new cost of $1.45 per share acquired.


Closing an expiring futures position and reopening the position in the next tradeable future. In forex , the value of the process is measured by the interest rate differential between the two currencies. There’s usually a small cost for rolling over positions.

Running profit/loss

The profit or loss which you would realise by closing your open positions at the prevailing market prices.
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