Investing FAQs

  1. Does the party loaning shares in a short sale transaction benefit in any way other ...

  2. What are the risks of investing in a bond?

  3. How do I measure option liquidity?

  4. Who are the key players in the bond market?

  5. Where can I get bond market quotes?

  6. Can a bond have a negative yield?

  7. Why is it that when investors realize returns on a mutual fund, its price tends to ...

  8. How do businesses decide whether to do FDI via green field investments or acquisitions?

  9. What do the bracketed numbers following a technical indicator mean?

  10. How can a futures trader exit a position prior to expiration?

  11. How do I find mutual funds that track indexes?

  12. How do I calculate my gains and/or losses when I sell a stock?

  13. What is the "random walk theory" and what does it mean for investors?

  14. Are long-term U.S. government bonds risk-free?

  15. How are the interest charges calculated on my margin account?

  16. How does an investor make money on bonds?

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

  18. What do the phrases "sell to open", "buy to close", "buy to open", and "sell to close" ...

  19. What is a tranche?

  20. What are "I Bonds" and how can I buy them?

  21. If I short sell $5,000 worth of stock and the stock becomes worthless, I have made ...

  22. What do people mean when they say debt is a relatively cheaper form of finance than ...

  23. I placed a limit order to buy a stock after the market closed, but the stock's price ...

  24. How do I figure out my cost basis on a stock investment?

  25. What is the haircut rate imposed by clearing corporations?

  26. What parties are involved in the creation of an American depositary receipt?

  27. Why are big foreign companies considering delisting their American depositary receipts?

  28. Why do some stock quotes appear in bold print in the newspaper?

  29. How do segregated funds differ from mutual funds?

  30. Why do all mutual fund tickers have an X at the end?

  31. When my mutual fund declares an income distribution, the fund price falls by a similar ...

  32. I have a KSOP through my employer that I've invested 100% in company stock. I am ...

  33. How much will it cost me to become a casual investor on my own?

  34. When you buy a stock in a company, does it necessarily mean that one of the shareholders ...

  35. What's the difference between a load and no-load mutual fund?

  36. If I own a stock in a company, do I get a say in the company's operations?

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

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

  39. What are the "Dogs of the Dow"?

  40. What is the difference between fast and slow stochastics in technical analysis?

  41. What is Fibonacci retracement, and where do the ratios that are used come from?

  42. I live in the U.S. How can I trade stocks in China and India?

  43. Can I make money using put options when prices are going up?

  44. How long does a stock that has done a reverse split keep the letter "D" at the end ...

  45. Where can I find information about pre- and after-hours trading on the NYSE and the ...

  46. Can an option have a negative strike price?

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

  48. Where can I find the number of shares shorted on a specific stock?

  49. What do you call a candlestick with no shadows, and what does it mean?

  50. At what point in the ordering process does a broker charge commission?

  51. What are the oldest mutual funds, by date of inception?

  52. Does investing in sustainable or "green" companies provide lower returns?

  53. Can private corporations issue convertible bonds?

  54. Where can I buy government bonds?

  55. What are the advantages and disadvantages of buying stocks instead of bonds?

  56. If the stock market is so volatile, why would I want to put my money into it?

  57. How does the government influence the securities market?

  58. I've heard some "market gurus" claim returns of up to 400% annually. Is this possible?

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

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

  61. What happens when the lender of the borrowed shares in a short sale transaction wants ...

  62. What is the pitchfork indicator that I keep hearing about, and how do I use it?

  63. What's the difference between net present value and internal rate of return? How ...

  64. What is an economic moat?

  65. What's the difference between institutional and non-institutional investors?

  66. What is the difference between amortization and depreciation?

  67. What is the difference between municipal bonds and standard money market funds?

  68. Can a corporation deduct dividend payments to shareholders before taxes are calculated?

  69. How are futures used to hedge a position?

  70. Why do companies issue 100-year bonds?

  71. What happens when a circuit breaker is put into effect?

  72. Why do share prices fall after a company has a secondary offering?

  73. How is margin interest calculated?

  74. How can I prevent commissions and fees from eating up my trading profits?

  75. What is foreclosure investing?

  76. When is a dividend payment recognized in the shareholders equity portion of the balance ...

  77. Can you short sell ETFs?

  78. Why are P/E ratios generally higher during times of low inflation?

  79. What exactly is a portfolio? Is it something I can carry around?

  80. Can a stock lose all its value? How would this affect a long or short position?

  81. What is the difference between yield and return?

  82. Are IPOs available to short sell immediately upon trading, or is there a time limit ...

  83. Can stocks be traded on more than one exchange, such as, for example, on both the ...

  84. What does the law say about non-U.S. citizens buying stocks of U.S. companies? Are ...

  85. What is a spider and why should I buy one?

  86. My brokerage firm won't allow naked option positions. What does this mean?

  87. Does issuing preferred shares offer a tax advantage for corporations?

  88. What are the disadvantages of using net present value as an investment criterion?

  89. How does the required rate of return affect the price of a stock, in terms of the ...

  90. How can I determine a stock's next resistance level or target price?

  91. What effect does a company's dividend reinvestment plan have on its stock price? ...

  92. What is a GTEM order?

  93. Who or what are the turtles?

  94. What is an Islamic investment policy?

  95. What is a trailing commission?

  96. What is hedging as it relates to forex trading?

  97. What causes a recession?

  98. Can a company declare a dividend that exceeds its earnings per share?

  99. Do I receive the posted dividend yield every quarter?

  100. Where can I find the P/E ratios for the Dow and S&P 500?

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