Business Word/Phrase of the Day

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RALLY ˈræli

05 Jun 2020


  • when share prices (or the stock exchange itself) return to a strong position after a period of weakness.
Example Sentence: Unfortunately I only started buying shares when the summer stock market rally was over so I didn't get as rich as some of my friends did.

TO BOUNCE BACK baʊns bæk

05 May 2020


  • to return to a higher level after suffering from difficulties for a while.
Example Sentence: The Chinese economy has already bounced back after the recession and now it's booming.

PERCENTAGE pərˈsɛntɪdʒ

05 Apr 2020


  • rate or proportion out of 100.
Example Sentence: A percentage of the income will be given to a local charity.

SHARE ʃɛər

05 Mar 2020


  • The capital of a company is divided into shares which entitle the owner, or shareholder, to a proportion of the profits.
Example Sentences: The value of this company's shares has gone up 45% in the last week.
How many shares will we get in the company?

STOCK OPTIONS stɒk ɒpʃən

05 Feb 2020


  • Are options, usually given to employees, to purchase stock in the company at a future date.
Example Sentence: After working for Microsoft for more than 10 years, I was able to cash in my stock options and retire comfortably at the age of 42.


05 Jan 2020


  • A joint-venture company is a company owned by two businesses which have joined together to share risk or expertise on a specific project or group of projects.
Example Sentence: In a bid to compete in the LED market, two Taiwanese companies from the mainstream silicon semiconductor business have established a joint-venture company.

GET BY /gɛt baɪ/

05 Dec 2019

Phrasal Verb

  • to have just enough money for your needs.
Example Sentences: How can he get by on so little money?
He earns just enough to get by.

ENSURE ɛnˈʃʊər

05 Nov 2019


  • To ensure is make something certain to happen.
Example Sentences: The airline is taking steps to ensure safety on its aircraft.
The role of the police is to ensure (that) the law is obeyed.

TO TAKE A CALCULATED RISK /tu; teɪk eɪ kælkyəˌleɪtɪd rɪsk/

05 Oct 2019


  • If you take a calculated risk, you take a chance, but you know exactly what will happen if you fail.
Example Sentences: Yes, it is possible we may lose this deal, but it is a calculated risk we are willing to take.
Mr. Gardner knows we're taking a calculated risk in this case, but he believes the rewards are too good to not take it.

INSUFFICIENT FUNDS /ɪnsəˈfɪʃənt fʌnd/

05 Sep 2019


  • not enough money in an account.
Example Sentences: The cheque was returned because of insufficient funds.

APTITUDE TEST æptɪˌtud tɛst

05 Aug 2019


  • a test which measures a person's ability to do a certain job
Example Sentence: Candidates will be required to complete an aptitude test.

COLLABORATE kəˈlæbəˌreɪt

05 Jul 2019


  • to work with somebody on a project or task.
Example Sentence: The two companies will collaborate to develop, produce and sell computers.

PLANT plænt

05 Jun 2019


  • a factory or place where something is produced, including energy.
Example Sentence: They announced that the plant would be closed down in 6 months.


05 May 2019


  • unstable; changing quickly, especially of markets.
Example Sentence: Oil markets are volatile because of the war.

MORALE məˈræl

05 Apr 2019


  • the general feelings of a group towards success.
Example Sentence: Morale amongst the staff dropped because of poor conditions.