A businessman rides on an escalator in Tokyo's business district April 1, 2013.  REUTERS/Toru Hanai Thomson Reuters
Are you dreaming of an investment portfolio that would be the envy of the financial hot-shots on Wall Street, but don't know where to start?
Granted, no one should discourage your investment dreams – but you can't settle for mere daydreams, either. The power to launch financial fortunes begins with knowledge, and for every acronym and bit of jargon, there's an easy explanation to boost your confidence.
Here are 12 terms from the world of finance and investing explained in simple, clear language.