Investing FAQs

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

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

  3. Do convertible bonds have voting rights?

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

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

  6. Is there a difference between ADR and ADS?

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

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

  9. Can a church issue a bond?

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

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

  12. What is fair capital?

  13. What is securitization?

  14. Is scalping a viable forex trading strategy?

  15. What is Black Monday?

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

  17. What is the "Nifty 50"?

  18. What is market capitulation?

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

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

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

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

  23. What is a pure play?

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

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

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

  27. What is a basis point (BPS)?

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

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

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

  31. How can I invest in gold?

  32. What is the difference between leverage and margin?

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

  34. Who sets the price of commodities?

  35. How is the Parabolic SAR used in trading?

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

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

  38. What are managed futures?

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

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

  41. What does it mean when a bond is selling at a premium? Is it a good investment?

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

  43. I have a short period of time (1 year or less) during which I will have money to ...

  44. What happens if I maintain a short position in a stock that is delisted and declares ...

  45. If the price of the bond falls, does that mean the company won't pay me the par value?

  46. What are pro forma earnings?

  47. What's the difference between a straddle and a strangle?

  48. Are ETFs required to pay out a percentage of income as dividends?

  49. In the forex market, how is the closing price of a currency pair determined?

  50. My certificate of deposit (CD) has just matured and I plan to contribute $10,000 ...

  51. What are the components of the risk premium for investments?

  52. I want to buy a stock at $30, sell when it reaches $35, don't want to hang on to ...

  53. Where does the stock come from when convertible bonds are converted to stock?

  54. Where do I place my target when the price of a stock breaks out of a technical chart ...

  55. I want to try short selling, but how can I sell something that I don't own?

  56. What do the numbers that follow the bid and ask numbers in stock quotes represent? ...

  57. What does "squeezing the shorts" mean?

  58. What happens to my call options if the underlying company is bought out?

  59. Why do longer term CDs pay a higher rate than the short-term CDs?

  60. Can I give stock as a gift?

  61. How do central banks inject money into the economy?

  62. Is there such a thing as a foolproof stock-picking strategy?

  63. Which of the following statements regarding the performance of a mutual fund would ...

  64. What does "in street name" mean, and why are securities held this way?

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

  66. I'm new to this. Can I sell or buy stock by myself?

  67. If I have a number of stock shares and that company reports earnings of X amount ...

  68. Please explain what a short seller is on the hook for when he or she shorts a stock ...

  69. Where does the money I have invested in a company go when the stock price decreases?

  70. I have discovered that a bond I am interested in has a sinking fund. What does this ...

  71. What happens to the voting rights on shares when the shares are used in a short sale ...

  72. Why does my broker allow me to enter only day orders for short selling?

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

  74. What is the difference between a simple moving average and an exponential moving ...

  75. What is the short/current long-term debt account on a company's balance sheet?

  76. How many types of markets can an investor choose from?

  77. How do investors lose money when the stock market crashes?

  78. What are 'death spiral' convertible bonds?

  79. Where do companies keep their cash?

  80. What is the difference between a zero-coupon bond and a regular bond?

  81. How does a stock split affect cash dividends?

  82. I would like to invest in a dividend-paying stock. How can I find out which stocks ...

  83. How does a credit crunch occur?

  84. How can I find out if a company I like is included in an index?

  85. How does pyramiding work?

  86. Calculate the total return of the municipal bond described below.

  87. What does investment grade mean?

  88. Why would a stock have no par value?

  89. How do you find out the price of a mutual fund?

  90. What are soft dollars?

  91. If I own stock that drops in price is this a sign that I should buy more?

  92. Do hedge funds and mutual funds invest in commodities in high inflation environments?

  93. Can a stop-loss order be used to protect a short sale transaction?

  94. What is the cheapest, fastest way to research, buy and trade stock?

  95. What is the difference between a company's book value per share and its intrinsic ...

  96. I want to invest in equities, but I don't have much money. Is there a minimum number ...

  97. Would a slow stochastic be effective in day trading?

  98. Is tracking error a significant measure for determining ex-post risk?

  99. Why would a stock that pays a large, consistent dividend have less price volatility ...

  100. What is property, plant and equipment, and what does it mean?

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