Investing FAQs

  1. What is mutual fund timing, and why is it so bad?

  2. What are unrealized gains and losses?

  3. Is a company allowed to reduce its dividends?

  4. Which option is better on a mutual fund: a growth option or a dividend reinvestment ...

  5. How do stock splits affect short sellers?

  6. If one of your stocks splits, doesn't that make it a better investment? If one of ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

  13. Why do futures' prices converge upon spot prices during the delivery month?

  14. How does a person gain from an investment?

  15. How can I use market breadth to my advantage?

  16. Are mutual fund performance numbers reported net of fees (operating expenses and ...

  17. How do I calculate the percentage gain or loss for my portfolio when all of the stocks ...

  18. What are green investments?

  19. What is a Bermuda swaption?

  20. What is accrued interest, and why do I have to pay it when I buy a bond?

  21. Are my investments insured?

  22. Why are the bid prices of T-bills higher than the ask prices? Aren't bids supposed ...

  23. What is a DRIP?

  24. How can you lose more money than you invest shorting a stock? If you have no money ...

  25. Why are some shares priced in the hundreds or thousands of dollars, while other just ...

  26. Can investment real estate be purchased within an IRA and, if so, are there any pitfalls?

  27. Should I buy options that are in the money or out of the money?

  28. Is a Canadian resident allowed to participate in a direct stock purchase plan from ...

  29. If different bond markets use different day-count conventions, how do I know which ...

  30. What is the difference between hedging and speculation?

  31. What happens if a company doesn't think it will collect on some of its receivables?

  32. Are ETFs subject to the short sale uptick rule?

  33. Are eurodollars related to the currency called the euro?

  34. Where do investors tend to put their money in a bear market?

  35. Can I sell mutual fund shares below their minimum intial purchase amount without ...

  36. Who bears the risk of bad debts in securitization?

  37. Is there a difference between socially responsible investing (SRI) and green investing?

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

  39. What is the difference between fundamental and technical analysis?

  40. How does somebody make money short selling?

  41. What is late-day trading? Why is it any different from buying and selling stocks ...

  42. Why can you short sell an ETF but not an index fund?

  43. How can I buy an S&P 500 fund?

  44. What is the difference between options and futures?

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

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

  47. How can I hedge against rising diesel prices?

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

  49. What is the difference between iShares, VIPERs and Spiders?

  50. I am a non-U.S. citizen living outside the U.S. and trading stocks through a U.S. ...

  51. Are high-yield bonds better investments than low-yield bonds?

  52. What risks do organizations face when engaging in international finance activities?

  53. Do noise traders have any long-term effect on stock prices?

  54. What does CHIPS UID mean?

  55. How can unethical executives use options backdating to evade taxes?

  56. What careers are popular among CFA charterholders?

  57. What constitutes an "intention to call a debt instrument before maturity" for tax ...

  58. What is socially responsible investing?

  59. What is a stripped bond?

  60. Are certificates of deposit a kind of bond?

  61. If I am American, can I buy a foreign mutual fund?

  62. Where can I get a company's prospectus and/or financial statements?

  63. If I buy a $1,000 bond with a coupon of 10% and a maturity in 10 years, will I receive ...

  64. What's the difference between old- and new-economy stocks?

  65. What is the ideal number of stocks to have in a portfolio?

  66. Can technical analysis be called a self-fulfilling prophecy?

  67. Why do companies issue debt and bonds? Can't they just borrow from the bank?

  68. Is finance an art or a science?

  69. What's the difference between short-term investments in marketable securities and ...

  70. I keep hearing about the 50-day, 100-day and 200-day moving averages. What do they ...

  71. Can a bond be traded over-the-counter?

  72. What is political risk and what can a multinational company do to minimize exposure?

  73. How do you calculate the cost basis for a mutual fund over an extended time period?

  74. Why would a multinational corporation conduct a vertical foreign direct investment?

  75. Can you place a stop-loss order on a mutual fund?

  76. Is there a limit to how many stocks and/or bonds an interested investor can buy? ...

  77. How should I estimate my income from fixed sources like bonds, CDs and stocks?

  78. How do I open a Swiss bank account, and what makes them so special?

  79. Who is Mr. Copper?

  80. How can I buy oil as an investment?

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

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

  83. How does an investor make money on bonds?

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

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

  86. Is it possible to short sell a bond?

  87. Is technical analysis used only to analyze stocks?

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

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

  90. How do I measure option liquidity?

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

  92. Where can I get bond market quotes?

  93. Can a bond have a negative yield?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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