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whipsaw  

Definition 1.

To lose money in a volatile market by buying before rapid drops and selling before rapid rises.
 

Definition 2.

An investment where the price goes the opposite direction from that which was anticipated right after the transaction is made. For example, an investment is made based on a buy signal generated by a technical indicator such as the 200-day moving average and then shortly thereafter, the price moves in the opposite direction giving a sell signal, frequently with a loss. Whipsaws can substantially increase your commissions for stocks and the fund manager may prohibit excessive mutual fund switching.
 

Definition 3.

A condition where an investor's security transaction is quickly followed by an opposite reaction. Sometimes referred to as "being whipped".
 
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