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Glossary: N

These are common terms used in the financial services industry


The NASDAQ is the second largest stock exchange in the US and traditionally lists many technology companies, such as Microsoft. The movements of the NASDAQ can have a significant effect on UK markets, particularly the techMARK index of technology, media and telephony companies.

New issue

A company that is floated on the stock market for the first time. Offering shares to the investing public is a way of raising capital for further expansion. Also known as Initial Public Offering (IPO).

New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)

The largest and oldest stock exchange in the US.

Nikkei 225

A price-weighted index of the top 225 shares listed on the Tokyo stock exchange.

Non-dealing desk (NDD)

An execution model that allows you to trade directly with numerous market liquidity providers in order to get the most competitive bid and ask prices.

Non-farm payrolls

A notable economic indicator normally released on the first Friday of every month by the US Department of Labor. It presents the number of people on the payrolls of all businesses, with the exception of agricultural, local government, private household and non-for-profit. The monthly figure can change significantly, and often leads to a high level of volatility in FX pairs such as EUR/USD, around the time of the release. Generally, a high reading is seen as positive (or bullish) for the US dollar, while a low reading is seen as negative (or bearish).