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‘My Head Is About to Explode’: Virus Jargon Is Schooling Traders

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R0. nCov. Super spreader. The nomenclature of disease is the new financial jargon. To figure it out, traders are looking beyond Wall Street.

Strategists note they are “not epidemiologists.” Nor are they doctors or biologists or virologists. But getting up to speed on each has become an urgent matter for anyone trying to navigate markets in the coronavirus age. As a result, specialty sites offering answers have seen interest surge.