Investing FAQs

  1. What is the difference between a gilt edged bond and a regular bond?

  2. What is financial double-dipping?

  3. Why is Frank Quattrone credited with contributing to the growth of the dotcom bubble?

  4. Where can I find all of the stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial Average?

  5. What is the difference between exchange-traded funds and mutual funds?

  6. What currency is affected by the interest rate decisions of the Bank of England (BoE)? ...

  7. Which of the following BEST describes the requirements for advertisements of new ...

  8. How did Peter Young gain infamy as a "rogue trader"?

  9. How do companies like Moody's rate bonds?

  10. What is the salad oil scandal?

  11. What is a Chinese hedge?

  12. What is "hot money"?

  13. How do I use a barbell strategy?

  14. How do I use a premium put convertible?

  15. How did derivatives trader Nick Leeson contribute to the fall of Barings Bank?

  16. What is a wild-card play?

  17. How did currency trader John Rusnak hide $691 million in losses before being caught ...

  18. Your client has a net short-term gain of $3,000 and a net long-term loss of $8,0 ...

  19. Stocks with high P/E ratios can be overpriced. Is a stock with a lower P/E always ...

  20. How is the value of the S&P 500 calculated?

  21. What will happen to my U.S.-based stock portfolio if the U.S. dollar substantially ...

  22. Do stop or limit orders protect you against gaps in a stock's price?

  23. How are realized profits different from unrealized or so-called "paper" profits?

  24. Why are options very active when they are at the money?

  25. Is it possible to lose all of your investment in an index fund?

  26. If a company moves its dividend record date forward, does the ex-dividend date change ...

  27. Does a strong trend (ADX > = 40) cause an increase in volatility?

  28. What do the different colored candlesticks mean?

  29. Why doesn't the price of a callable bond exceed its call price when interest rates ...

  30. What is the difference between a collateralized mortgage obligation (CMO) and a collateralized ...

  31. Why did dotcom companies crash so drastically?

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

  33. Who's in charge of managing exchange-traded funds?

  34. What's the difference between absolute and relative return?

  35. What does "buy and hold" mean?

  36. Can you short sell stocks that are trading below $5? My broker says that I can't.

  37. What is the 'Rule of 72'?

  38. What's the difference between absolute P/E ratio and relative P/E ratio?

  39. How does a point change in a major index effect its equivalent exchange-traded fund?

  40. What is the difference between convertible and reverse convertible bonds?

  41. What technical tools can I use to measure momentum?

  42. What is the difference between a logarithmic price scale and a linear one?

  43. Why do low interest rates cause investors to shy away from the bond market?

  44. When does one sell a put option, and when does one sell a call option?

  45. What does it mean when a bond has a put option?

  46. Do all international markets trade between 9:30am and 4pm local time?

  47. If an employee is paid by commission, who is responsible for withholding taxes?

  48. How do I avoid paying excess taxes on securities I have sold?

  49. How do you determine a company's percentage of credit sales?

  50. What is the best method of analysis for forex trading?

  51. Can I match a fund to my religion?

  52. How do I use a "basket" option?

  53. What is earnings management?

  54. Why do some closed-end mutual funds trade above or below their net asset values?

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

  56. I will be receiving monies from a QDRO executed pursuant to my divorce. I would like ...

  57. What is a treasury stock?

  58. What is arbitrage?

  59. What does it mean to use technical divergence in trading?

  60. What is an efficient market and how does it affect individual investors?

  61. What are the minimum margin requirements for a short sale account?

  62. Short selling vs. purchasing a put option: how do the payoffs differ?

  63. Do convertible bonds have voting rights?

  64. Why do commercial bills have higher yields than T-bills?

  65. How are foreign exchange rates affected by commodity price fluctuations?

  66. Is there a difference between ADR and ADS?

  67. Does a stock dividend dilute the price per share as would a forward stock split?

  68. What is the best time of the day to trade?

  69. Can a church issue a bond?

  70. Does a company's American depositary share equal one share of common stock?

  71. I sold my house. Can I exclude the gain from my income?

  72. What is fair capital?

  73. What is securitization?

  74. Is scalping a viable forex trading strategy?

  75. What is Black Monday?

  76. I have several CDs in my IRA with different maturities. Can I roll them over to another ...

  77. What is the "Nifty 50"?

  78. What is market capitulation?

  79. What's the smallest number of shares I can buy?

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

  81. What's the smallest number of shares of stock that I can buy?

  82. Why do option volume quotes differ on different websites?

  83. What is a pure play?

  84. A corporate bond I own has just been called by the issuer. How can a company legally ...

  85. Can a stock have a negative price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio?

  86. When short selling a stock, how long does a short seller have before covering?

  87. What is a basis point (BPS)?

  88. What does 'froth' mean in terms of the real estate market?

  89. Is it true that you can sell your home and not pay capital gains tax?

  90. If I sell my shares before the ex-dividend date will I still get the dividend?

  91. How can I invest in gold?

  92. What is the difference between leverage and margin?

  93. How does a depository bank benefit from issuing an ADR for a foreign company for ...

  94. Who sets the price of commodities?

  95. How is the Parabolic SAR used in trading?

  96. Can an open-ended fund's price appreciate significantly?

  97. Are mortgage-backed securities backed by any guarantees?

  98. What are managed futures?

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

  100. Why should investors pick less risky investments as they approach retirement?

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