Investing FAQs

  1. How do I find historical prices for stocks?

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

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

  4. What is the formula for calculating EBITDA?

  5. What items are considered liquid assets?

  6. What is the formula for calculating profit margins?

  7. What is a derivative?

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

  9. What is the difference between amortization and depreciation?

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

  11. What is a basis point (BPS)?

  12. What are the generally accepted accounting principles for inventory reserves?

  13. What happens to a company's stocks and bonds when it declares chapter 11 bankruptcy protection?

  14. Which is better a cash dividend or a stock dividend?

  15. How can the price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio mislead investors?

  16. What are the main differences between compound annual growth rate (CAGR) and internal rate of return (IRR)?

  17. What are the differences between gross profit and gross margin?

  18. How do I calculate the adjusted closing price for a stock?

  19. What is the difference between preference and ordinary shares?

  20. How does the price of oil affect the stock market?

  21. What are the differences between gross profit and net income?

  22. How do you calculate R-squared in Excel?

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

  24. Who are Monsanto's main competitors?

  25. What are unregistered securities or stocks?

  26. Where can I find historical stock/index quotes?

  27. What is the average annual return for the S&P 500?

  28. What are the differences between operating expenses and cost of goods sold (COGS)?

  29. How can I calculate capital employed from a company's balance sheet?

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

  31. What is a good gearing ratio?

  32. What is the difference between net income and cash flow from operating activities?

  33. I have only $500 to invest, am I limited to buying only penny stocks?

  34. What do the phrases "sell to open", "buy to close", "buy to open", and "sell to close" mean?

  35. What is the difference between EBIT and operating income?

  36. What is the difference between paid-up capital and share capital?

  37. What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Stratified Random Sampling?

  38. How can you calculate volatility in Excel?

  39. What is the full phrase for 'GmbH', and what do the words in this acronym mean in English?

  40. Which is a better measure for capital budgeting, IRR or NPV?

  41. What is the formula for calculating return on investment (ROI) in Excel?

  42. What is the weighted average of outstanding shares? How is it calculated?

  43. What is the difference between yield and return?

  44. What do T+1, T+2 and T+3 mean?

  45. How Does Facebook Make Money? (FB)

  46. What is the difference between revenue and sales?

  47. What is finance?

  48. How do I convert a spot rate to a forward rate?

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

  50. How does a stop-loss order work, and what price is used to trigger the order?

  51. If I reinvest my dividends, are they still taxable?

  52. Why don't investors buy stock just before the dividend date and sell right afterwards?

  53. How does one make money short selling?

  54. How do changes in working capital affect a company's cash flow?

  55. Why do companies merge with or acquire other companies?

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

  57. What are the different types of costs in cost accounting?

  58. Do long-term bonds have a greater interest rate risk than short-term bonds?

  59. What's the difference between bills, notes and bonds?

  60. What is the difference between comparative advantage and absolute advantage?

  61. What is the difference between an income statement and a balance sheet?

  62. What is considered a healthy operating profit margin?

  63. What's the difference between "top-down" and "bottom-up" investing?

  64. What are the Differences Between Affiliate, Associate and Subsidiary Companies?

  65. What is the difference between a capital expenditure and a revenue expenditure?

  66. What is the difference between revenue and income?

  67. How can my stock's price change after hours, and what effect does this have on investors? Can I sell the stock at the after-hours price?

  68. How do I calculate the degree of operating leverage?

  69. What is the difference between a green field and a brown field investment?

  70. How do I buy an over-the-counter stock?

  71. What's the difference between book and market value?

  72. What are the Differences Between Ex Works (EXW) and Free On Board (FOB)?

  73. What is the difference between a P&L statement and a balance sheet?

  74. What's the difference between a market order and a limit order?

  75. How do you calculate the percentage gain or loss on an investment?

  76. What is the difference between yield to maturity and the coupon rate?

  77. What is the difference between a Ponzi and a pyramid scheme?

  78. What Does it Mean if the Correlation Coefficient is Positive, Negative, or Zero?

  79. What's the difference between alpha and beta?

  80. How do you calculate shareholders' equity?

  81. What is the difference between revenue and profit?

  82. How and when are stock dividends paid out?

  83. What is the formula for calculating return on assets (ROA)?

  84. What's the difference between bottom-line and top-line growth?

  85. What's the difference between shares and stocks?

  86. What are the advantages and disadvantages for a company going public?

  87. What are Some Examples of Stratified Random Sampling?

  88. What is the formula for calculating net present value (NPV)?

  89. What is the difference between gross profit margin and net profit margin?

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

  91. How do I calculate compound interest using Excel?

  92. How do you calculate variance in Excel?

  93. What is securitization?

  94. What is the difference between arithmetic and geometric averages?

  95. What is the formula for calculating the debt-to-equity ratio?

  96. Which socially responsible retailers appeal most to ethical investors?

  97. Why is social responsibility important to a business?

  98. What is the gold standard?

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

  100. What are green investments?

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