Chat Rules

Chat Code of Conduct

By using the FlowAlgo chat room, you are agreeing to all of the rules outlined below:

14-Day Probation Period
All new users undergo a 14-day probation period before they are allowed to participate in the chat. This is so everyone can take the time to review our help center and to cut down on common questions within the chat that may have already been answered. Please take the time to review our learning resources and help center if you haven’t already done so.

Our Dashboard Overview Guide is great start.

1) Be Kind and Respectful of Others.
No personal attacks or harassment will be tolerated. Do not harass, argue, insult, troll, or use demeaning or offensive language. Refrain from swearing, discussing politics, religion, race, sex, or anything not related to the markets. Avoid policing others or direct confrontations with abusive users. Remain humble and do not target others that may not be as experienced as you. If someone is being abusive, please report them to us and they will be muted.
2) No Off-Topic Chatter During Market Hours (8AM-4:15PM ET).
Trade ideas, entries/exits, market headlines, market commentary, charts, watchlist’s, observations, and data are all welcome. Anything shared should be in the benefit of others. Everyone is encouraged to contribute.
3) Don’t Push Your Position On Others.
You are free to share your position, your entries, exits, opinions, observations, but do not push your position to others or suggest that others follow. Please specify your reasoning behind any ideas where possible.
4) Don’t Bash the Position or Trading Style of Others.
There is more than one way to make money in the market and your way is not the only way. If you disagree with someone’s style, position, opinion, please only respond in a respectful way or keep it to yourself.
5) Don’t Spread Fake News.
Purposely posting fake headlines, manipulated screenshots, or rumors is strictly prohibited. Include a source wherever possible which may be abbreviated or a link. If something being shared is a rumor, please specify it as such or notate it as being unconfirmed.
6) Don’t Spam.
Don’t spam messages or post back-to-back one liners. Post as much of your message as possible within a single post so you don’t flood the chat.
7) Don’t Post Inappropriate Images at Any Time.
The use of images is strictly for sharing charts, data, and info-graphics. Please keep things professional. Do not post gifs, memes, or anything that may be distracting to other users. Sharing of any NSFW(not-safe-for-work) or profane content is strictly prohibited.
8) Don’t Solicit Users.
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10) Don’t Post in All CAPS.
Do not use all caps other than for stock SYMBOLS or market headlines.
11) Be Responsible of Your Own Positions and Actions.
Do not rely on other users. Do not blindly follow the positions of any users without accepting complete responsibility for any outcome. Information provided and opinions expressed within the chat do not constitute investment advice and should not be taken as such.
12) Privacy.
Please do not share any personal information in the chat room including phone numbers, addresses, or any other personally identifiable information. Anything posted in the chat room is viewable by everyone.

Violations/Blocking Users/Other.
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Chat Disclaimer
We advise everyone to know the risks involved with trading stocks and options. We encourage every chat participant to do his/her own research and to consult with his/her own financial advisor(s) prior to engaging in any investing activities, and to make sure he/she knows all the potential risks involved. Any investment decision that results in losses or gains made based on any information on this site, chat room, or related services is not the responsibility of FlowAlgo.

Chat Acronyms / Trading Terminology:

Acronym Definition
AH After Hours
ARB Arbitrage (?)
ATH All Time Highs
ATM At The Money
ATR Average True Range (?)
Bagholder Person left holding an asset that has lost significant value or become worthless.
Base A Defined Price Range.
BB Bollinger Bands
BBG Bloomberg
BID The price at which the market will buy the product.
B/D Breakdown
B/O Breakout
BOJ Bank of Japan
Brent Brent Crude Oil is the global benchmark of crude oil.
BTD Buy the dip
BTO Buy to Open (?)
BTC Buy to Close, or Bitcoin (?)
Buy Stop A buy stop order instructs a broker to purchase a security when it reaches a pre-specified price.
Cable Slang term for the exchange rate between the USD and the British pound sterling. USD/GBP
Catalyst An event or other news that is likely to influence and accelerate a stocks movement.
CC Conference Call
Commons Common stock/shares.
C&H Cup and handle technical pattern
Dark Pool Level Price level where Dark Pools have been active. Expected line of support/resistance.
DAX An index of 30 blue chip German companies listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.
DB Double Bottom
DBD Drop-Base-Drop.
DBR Drop-Base-Rally.
Dead Cat A temporary recovery in price from a prolonged decline that is followed by the continuation of the downtrend.
Delta The rate of change in the price of an option contract per change in the price of the underlying’s stock price. (?)
Demand Zone Area where buyers are lined up.
D/G Downgrade
Dove Dovish. Doves are members who vote for looser monetary policy. Keeping interest rates low with the aim of boosting economic growth.
DP Dark Pool
DT Day Trade, Downtrend, or Double Top.
DTL Downtrend resistance line
ECB European Central Bank. The central bank for the European Union.
EOD End of day
EOW End of week
EPS Earnings Per Share
ER Earnings
ES E-Mini S&P 500 Futures
EXDIV A stock that is trading without the value of the next dividend payment.
Exposure The total amount of possible risk at any given point or the total market value of your open trades.
FA Fundamental Analysis, or FlowAlgo.
FAANG Large-cap technology leaders. FB, AMZN, AAPL, NFLX, GOOGL
Fat Finger An order input error whereby an order to buy or sell is placed of far greater size than intended or a data error.
FIB Fibonacci Extensions/Retracements
FinTwit Financial Twitter
FOK Fill-or-Kill (?)
FOMC Federal Open Market Committee
FOMO Fear of Missing Out
FUD Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt.
Futs Futures
FWIW For What It’s Worth
Golden Our coined term for a newly opened aggressive sweep order that now dominates the open interest of a contract.
Hawk Hawkish. Hawks are members who vote for tighter monetary policy. Meaning higher interest rates with the aim of keeping inflation in check.
Hedge Insurance/Protection
HFT High frequency trading
H&S Head and shoulders technical pattern
HOD High of Day
IMO In My Opinion
IHS Inverse Head and Shoulders technical pattern
IPO Initial Public Offering
ISO Intermarket Sweep. Order type that sweeps several different market centers and scoops up as many shares as possible from them all.
ITM In the money
IV Implied volatility
Liquidity The ease with which an asset, or security, can be converted into cash without affecting its market price.
LOD Low of day
LOTTO A high risk, high reward trade that is generally stop-less.
Acronym Definition
LVL Price Level. May be used in reference to a FlowAlgo Levels price level for an equity. (?)
MA Moving Average
Margin Call A demand from a broker for more money to be put into a margin account.
MOC The Market-on-close Imbalance of cumulative MOC orders, or the Market-on-close Order Type. (?)
Momo Momentum
MM Market Maker or Measured Move
NBBO National Best Bid and Offer
NFP Non-Farm Payrolls
NHOD New High of Day
NQ E-Mini Nasdaq-100 Futures
OI Open Interest
O/N Overnight or the Overnight Futures Session
OPEX Options Expiration
ORB Opening Range Break
OTM Out of the Money
PB Pullback
PDT Pattern Day Trader
PHOD Prior High of Day
Pin/Pinning The tendency of an underlying security’s market price to close at or very near to the strike price of heavily traded options (in the same security) as the expiration time nears.
PM Pre-market
PPT Plunge Protection Team (?)
Prints Dark Pool Prints, Equity Blocks. Large orders of shares.
PT Price Target
Quad Witch A date on which stock index futures, stock index options, stock options, and single stock futures expire simultaneously. (?)
RBR Rally-Base-Rally. The opposite of DBD.
REBAL Rebalancing (?)
RES Resistance
Roll Rolling an option position up in strike, out in expiration, or both.
R/G Red to Green
R/R Risk Versus Reward
RS Relative Strength (?)
Runner A small portion of a profitable position left to “run” after the majority of profits have been taken on a position.
Run Up The tendency of a stock to move up in price into an anticipated or known event.
Scalp A very short term trade generally lasting under an hour.
Signature Print Late reported dark pool orders most commonly seen on SPY.
SL Stop Loss
SMA Simple Moving Average
SPEC A speculative bet that is often in anticipation of news, rumors, leaks, an acquisition, or an unknown catalyst. The buyer may or may not be “informed”. Generally not a technical driven position.
SPOOZ S&P500 Futures, ES
STC Sell to Close
STO Sell to Open
SUP Support
Supply Zone Area where sellers are lined up.
Sweeper Aggressive option buyer with urgency behind their manner of entry.
Swing A Multi-day or Week Trade.
TA Technical Analysis
Tied An option order that may be tied to a stock position.
Thin Market A low number of buyers and sellers.
TGT Target Price
TOS Think or Swim, trading platform.
Triple Witch The simultaneous expiration of stock options, stock index futures and stock index option contracts all occurring on the same day. (?)
Trim & Trail Scale out and raise(trail) your stop.
TV TradingView
Underlying An underlying security is a stock, index, bond, interest rate, currency, or commodity on which derivative instruments, such as futures, ETFs, and options, are based.
UOA Unusual Options Activity
U/G Upgrade
UTL Uptrend support line
VOL Volume
VWAP Volume Weighed Average Price, a technical indicator. (?)
W W Bottom, double bottom.
WL Watchlist
WW Worth Watching
WSJ Wall Street Journal
WTI West Texas Intermediaries. This is the benchmark of the crude oil that comes from the United States.
YHOD Yesterdays High of Day
YLOD Yesterdays Low of Day
YOLO You only live once, generally a high risk trade.

News Sources / Relevant Organizations:

Acronym Definition
AP The Associated Press
AFP Agence France-Presse (France)
API American Petroleum Institute
BBG Bloomberg
BOFA Bank of America
BZ Benzinga
DJ Dow Jones Newswires
EIA Energy Information Administration
ELEK Electrek
FBN Fox Business News
FOMC Federal Open Market Committee
FT Financial Times (UK)
HP / HUFF The Huffington Post
IFX Interfax (Russia)
NIKKEI Nikkei Asian Review (Japan)
NPR National Public Radio
NYT New York Times
NYP New York Post
OPEC Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries
POTUS President of The United States
PR Company Press Release
RTRS Reuters
RUMOR An unconfirmed rumor.
SA Seeking Alpha
SCMP South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)
SI Street Insider
SKY Sky News (UK)
SM Social Media, Twitter
SOURCES People familiar with the matter.
STATEMENT Official Statement
WAPO The Washington Post
WH The White House
WSJ Wall Street Journal

Last updated: 06/07/20