investIn the past 10 or 15 years, personal investing has skyrocketed throughout the developed world. What used to be an area for experts and people with years of specialized experience is now open to people on all income levels with little or no investing experience. Through financial advisors, banks and online trading platforms, anyone with some spare cash can invest. Personal investing is a complex field though and, not surprisingly, there is an enormous amount of specialised terminology associated with it. People in the field spend years becoming familiar with the terminology. In this business vocabulary topic, we're just going to take a look at some of the more common words and expresions.

The following texts illustrate some common words and expressions associated with personal investing and the stock market used in context. After reading the texts, try the practice exercises to test your understanding of the vocabulary.