Bonds FAQs

  1. What is a vest fleece?

  2. Can I contribute to both a 529 plan and a Coverdell education savings account?

  3. What are soft dollars?

  4. What is the 'Rule of 72'?

  5. Is a company allowed to reduce its dividends?

  6. What is a boiler room operation?

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

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

  9. How do stock splits affect short sellers?

  10. Are there tax penalties for closing my Roth IRA account?

  11. Why are some shares priced in the hundreds or thousands of dollars, while other just as successful companies have more normal share prices? For example, how can Berkshire Hathaway's be over $80,000/share, when the shares of even larger companies are only

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

  13. Once substantially equal periodic payments (SEPP) of an IRA have started, is the payment fixed each year, or does it fluctuate with interest rates? Can payments be monthly?

  14. How do my siblings and I receive inherited pension benefit payments from our deceased parent?

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

  16. How does privatization affect a company's shareholders?

  17. What do the "BxA" numbers on my brokerage's trading screen mean?

  18. What is dilutive stock?

  19. How long does a stock that has done a reverse split keep the letter "D" at the end of its symbol?

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

  21. What is a stock-for-stock merger and how does this corporate action affect existing shareholders?

  22. How do you tell whether an option is American or European style?

  23. How can I sell private company stock?

  24. What does the diluted share price reveal about a company's financial strength?

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

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

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

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

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

  30. What does CHIPS UID mean?

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

  32. On what days are the American stock exchanges closed?

  33. Why would a company make drastic cuts to its dividend payments?

  34. How can I make sure I'm ready to file my taxes?

  35. I'm 70.5 and still working for my own company. Can I defer starting my required minimum distributions?

  36. How can I easily get ready for next year's tax season?

  37. What type of work experience can count towards the work experience required in order to obtain the CFA charter?

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

  39. What education is required from me to write the Series 7 examination?

  40. How do I find a testing facility in my area?

  41. Which popular professional certification exams do not require sponsorship?

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

  43. What is the difference between bad credit and no credit?

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

  45. I just opened an IRA. What can I do to help my money grow?

  46. One of my stocks missed the deadline to file its quarterly financial statements. What happens next?

  47. How does the American Housing Rescue and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2008 affect first-time home buyers?

  48. What's the best kind of IRA for a 20-something?

  49. What are elves?

  50. What are the Gnomes of Zurich?

  51. What is dead money?

  52. What are the "big uglies"?

  53. Can I return funds to my Traditional IRA after taking a distribution?

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

  55. I'm a teacher. Which is better for me, a 401(k) or 403(b)? What is the difference? From whom do I get these plans?

  56. What qualifies a person as a day trader?

  57. Is it permissible for a 70-year-old person to buy an IRA?

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

  59. What's the difference between pre-money and post-money?

  60. Can I roll over a profit-sharing plan to an SEP IRA account without suffering any tax penalties and liquidation of current positions held in this account?

  61. What is the difference between a blend fund and a balanced fund?

  62. If an individual still has his or her former spouse as the beneficiary of an IRA, does the former spouse receive the assets upon the individual's death?

  63. Does the five-year rule apply if a non-spouse inherits an IRA after the required beginning date and the required minimum distribution is not satisfied in the year of death?

  64. My 80-year-old mother used her Roth IRA assets to make an $11,000 annual gift tax exclusion. Will these still be considered Roth IRA assets?

  65. What are unrealized gains and losses?

  66. What is the difference between a buy-side analyst and a sell-side analyst?

  67. Who employs the specialists at New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)? Do they work for themselves, for the NYSE or for brokerage firms?

  68. What is a tranche?

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

  70. Are IPOs available to short sell immediately upon trading, or is there a time limit that must pass before short sales are accepted?

  71. How can you lose more money than you invest shorting a stock? If you have no money left in your account, how do you pay it back?

  72. Can stocks be traded on more than one exchange, such as, for example, on both the Nasdaq and the NYSE?

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

  74. What should I consider financially when choosing to work abroad?

  75. I'm an 80 year old making increasing required minimum distribution (RMD) tax payments. I plan to convert my IRA to a Roth IRA and pay the taxes for the total RMD. Will I be able to withdraw funds from the Roth the year following the conversion? I understa

  76. What is the best retirement plan option for a physician with her own practice, employees and a desire to fund her retirement without making things complicated? She'd like to avoid plans that rely on a stringent income test or require all employees to part

  77. Do convertible bonds have voting rights?

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

  79. What does the term "stock-for-stock" mean?

  80. I have several jobs. Can I contribute the maximum to multiple employer retirement plans?

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

  82. What is the relationship between oil prices and inflation?

  83. Which is the best index to use to study the possible future price action of a given small-cap stock?

  84. Can an IRA beneficiary roll the IRA over into another account and designate another beneficiary?

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

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

  87. Why isn't the EUR/USD currency pair quoted as USD/EUR?

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

  89. What is relative strength?

  90. How do segregated funds differ from mutual funds?

  91. What is authorized stock?

  92. What are the advantages and disadvantages for a company going public?

  93. If a company undergoes an acquisition can an employee withdraw 401(k) funds tax free?

  94. Is preferred stock an equity or a fixed-income security?

  95. What are the most common currency pairs traded in the forex market?

  96. Do I need to hit my 401(k) contribution limit before I can begin making catch-up contributions?

  97. Is it possible to take the Series 6 exam without being sponsored?

  98. Since I do not have a certificate of completion, where can I get a copy of my exam score(s)?

  99. What forms of ID are acceptable for admittance into the CFA examination room?

  100. My family owns an old railroad bond from 1938. Is there any way to find out whether this still has any value?

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