We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
GO TO SAT PREP GO TO ACT PREP

Finance Glossary

Just call us Bond. Amortized bond.

Over 700 finance terms, Shmooped to perfection.

Relative Strength Index

Definition:

How do you measure the strength of a stock? Try the relative strength index (RSI).

Imagine lots of charts and graphs (fun, right?). The price of a stock is graphed over a period of days, months, or years. Everything is put on a scale of 0–100, and analysts start paying attention when the stock prices go above the 70 mark or below the 30 mark. The idea is that too many peaks and valleys or lots of ups and downs is bad news.