Investing FAQs

  1. What is the gold standard?

  2. What is a "socially responsible" mutual fund?

  3. What are green investments?

  4. Can a socially responsible investor invest in the metals and mining sector?

  5. What is the difference between a debenture and a bond?

  6. How do I calculate the P/E ratio of a company?

  7. What is the formula for calculating free cash flow?

  8. What is a basis point (BPS)?

  9. What is after-hours trading? Am I able to trade at this time?

  10. What is the difference between forward and futures contracts?

  11. What items are considered liquid assets?

  12. How do you calculate working capital?

  13. What is the formula for calculating beta?

  14. What is a stock split? Why do stocks split?

  15. What is a derivative?

  16. What is the 'Rule of 72'?

  17. How does accrual accounting differ from cash basis accounting?

  18. What is the difference between amortization and depreciation?

  19. Why do interest rates tend to have an inverse relationship with bond prices?

  20. What is the formula for calculating profit margins?

  21. What are the Differences Among a Real Estate Agent, a Broker, and a Realtor?

  22. Why would a company buyback its own shares?

  23. What is the formula for calculating weighted average cost of capital (WACC)?

  24. What is the formula for calculating the current ratio?

  25. What is the difference between CAPEX and OPEX?

  26. What is the formula for calculating compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in Excel?

  27. How do you calculate return on equity (ROE)?

  28. What's the difference between a stop and a limit order?

  29. What is the formula for calculating earnings per share (EPS)?

  30. What is the formula for calculating internal rate of return (IRR) in Excel?

  31. What is the formula for calculating net present value (NPV) in Excel?

  32. How did George Soros "break the Bank of England"?

  33. What counts as "debts" and "income" when calculating my debt-to-income (DTI) ratio?

  34. Who are Monsanto's main competitors?

  35. What is the history of the S&P 500?

  36. What is the difference between yield and return?

  37. What are the Differences Between a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) and a Home Equity Loan?

  38. What is the difference between the rule of 70 and the rule of 72?

  39. What is an FHA Streamline Loan?

  40. How liquid are money market accounts?

  41. Why doesn't Berkshire Hathaway pay a dividend? (BRK-A, BRK-B)

  42. Can Mutual Funds Only Hold Bonds?

  43. Can you short sell ETFs?

  44. Can FHA loans be used for investment property?

  45. Can I buy a house directly from Fannie Mae (FNMA)?

  46. How much influence does OPEC have on the global price of oil?

  47. What Are the Pros and Cons of Owning an Equity REIT vs. a Mortgage REIT? (AEC, HOT)

  48. Do FHA loans require escrow accounts?

  49. How do I calculate the inventory turnover ratio?

  50. What is the difference between an ETF's net asset value (NAV) and its market price?

  51. Vale, Mitsui Agree to Terms for Coal Mine Stake (VALE, MITSY)

  52. What is the best measure of a given stock's volatility?

  53. What is the difference between a smart beta fund and an index fund?

  54. Are qualified dividends included in ordinary dividends?

  55. Why do you need a margin account to short sell stocks?

  56. Please explain what a short seller is on the hook for when he or she shorts a stock (i.e. dividends, rights offerings, etc.).

  57. How does depreciation affect cash flow?

  58. Is it possible to refinance a house you're renting out?

  59. Do home appraisers use Zillow? (Z)

  60. What Home-Buying Costs Can I Deduct from Taxes?

  61. How should I analyze a company's financial statements?

  62. Free & operating cash flows: What's the Difference?

  63. How do you read a P&L statement?

  64. Why do some companies pay a dividend, while other companies do not?

  65. What is the best way to diversify an investment portfolio?

  66. What is a good annual return for a mutual fund?

  67. What is the Difference Between Operating Income and Net Income?

  68. Why would you keep funds in a money market account and not a savings account?

  69. How does Warren Buffett choose the companies he buys?

  70. How can I make my home run on energy that is 100% off the grid?

  71. Are high yield bonds a good investment?

  72. How are ETF fees deducted?

  73. How can I invest in gold?

  74. Are all bank accounts insured by the FDIC?

  75. What does it mean when people say they "beat the market"? How do they know they have done so?

  76. How are you taxed after selling a mutual fund in an IRA?

  77. What exactly is an ETF portfolio?

  78. Why would a person choose a mutual fund over an individual stock?

  79. How do I value the shares that I own in a private company?

  80. What is a mutual fund's NAV?

  81. What are the advantages of an index fund over an ETF?

  82. Which country has the most gold?

  83. What determines the price of a bond in the open market?

  84. What does a negative bond yield mean?

  85. Why the British Pound Is Stronger Than the U.S. Dollar

  86. How do I become a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)?

  87. Can you invest in hedge funds?

  88. What is the minimum amount of money that I can invest in a mutual fund?

  89. What is the difference between passive and active portfolio management?

  90. Does marrying someone with bad credit affect my credit score?

  91. When did the real estate bubble burst?

  92. What is the difference between investing and speculating?

  93. What's the difference between a mutual fund and a hedge fund?

  94. How can I buy oil as an investment?

  95. What is the difference between tangible and intangible assets?

  96. I want to start buying stocks. Where do I start?

  97. Besides a savings account, where is the safest place to keep my money?

  98. Are money market funds considered cash?

  99. Are money market accounts considered checking or savings?

  100. Are money market dividends qualified?

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