Investing FAQs

  1. Are my investments insured?

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

  3. What is a DRIP?

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

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

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

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

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

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

  10. What is the difference between hedging and speculation?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  20. How does somebody make money short selling?

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

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

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

  24. What is the difference between options and futures?

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

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

  27. How can I hedge against rising diesel prices?

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

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

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

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

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

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

  34. What does CHIPS UID mean?

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

  36. What careers are popular among CFA charterholders?

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

  38. What is socially responsible investing?

  39. What is a stripped bond?

  40. Are certificates of deposit a kind of bond?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  48. Is finance an art or a science?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  59. Who is Mr. Copper?

  60. How can I buy oil as an investment?

  61. The risk an investor is most likely to encounter when investing in a Standard & Poor’s ...

  62. What is the difference between asset-based lending and asset financing?

  63. What is the quickest, easiest and cheapest way to buy a bond?

  64. What does it mean to book the basis?

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