Economics has its own Gothic language. For example, there's the death cross in investment. Yes, a death cross, "cross" here meaning "two curves intersect on a graph." Said curves are two different ways of representing the value of a certain investment.
Why "death"? Because the occurence of that crossover means the investment's value is about to drop.
A crossover resulting from a security's long-term moving average breaking above its short-term moving average or support level.
For example, some see one precious metal entering death cross territory.
Gold prices dropped to a 7-month low Wednesday, and are on the verge of hitting a technical level that could signal more bearishness ahead.
Gold, which has tumbled more than $200, or 12%, since early October is close to forming a so-called death cross, the term for when the 50-day moving average breaks below the 200-day moving average.
This language feels of a piece with the cheerfully violent tenor of some investment world discourse.
(thanks to Todd Bryant)