Bonds FAQs

  1. If I pass away, will my retirement plan go to my spouse tax free?

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

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

  4. Can I, without tax penalties, use the IRA I inherited from my father to buy a home that I will live in? He was 72 and had started taking small payouts on it.

  5. The company I am working for said that 401(k) contribution can be based on only straight time pay! The company I previously worked for allowed me to contribute on gross earnings. Has the law changed, or is the current employer wrong?

  6. Are the distribution rules for 401(k) and 403(b) plans the same as those for IRA plans?

  7. How does the government influence the securities market?

  8. My recently deceased spouse's IRA has been rolled over into mine. Does the cost basis change for me?

  9. What do the phrases "sell to open", "buy to close", "buy to open", and "sell to close" mean?

  10. What does a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) do?

  11. What is the investor rights movement?

  12. How can I find an investment club in my area?

  13. What is the difference between options and futures?

  14. I am a first-time home buyer. If I take a distribution from my 401(k) to purchase land and a house, will I have to pay a penalty on this distribution? Also, what kind of form will I need to file with my taxes, showing the IRS that $10,000 went toward a ho

  15. Can 529 plans be used to transfer wealth to other family members if the original beneficiary does not use the money?

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

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

  18. My husband has become eligible for a 401(k) plan (with no matching contribution) at work. How do we get back the $9,000 that we already contributed to our IRA for 2005 without a penalty? My husband earns $144,000/year and we're both over 50 years old.

  19. I am making after-tax contributions to an IRA. Will I get taxed again when I withdraw it (when eligible)?

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

  21. What are the tax consequences of a Roth IRA distribution if the IRA holder is younger than 59.5?

  22. I want to invest in equities, but I don't have much money. Is there a minimum number of shares I must buy?

  23. What is the difference between an industry and a sector?

  24. How does an IPO get valued? What are some good methods for analyzing IPOs?

  25. Why do low interest rates cause investors to shy away from the bond market?

  26. If different bond markets use different day-count conventions, how do I know which one is used in any particular market?

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

  28. How can I invest in gold?

  29. What is the difference between a broker and a market maker?

  30. What are the advantages and disadvantages to dealing with internet-only banks?

  31. Can an option have a negative strike price?

  32. Is maximizing stock price the same thing as maximizing profit?

  33. What does "squeezing the shorts" mean?

  34. Why do companies issue 100-year bonds?

  35. Can my spouse and I use our IRAs to purchase our first home?

  36. What are the fifth-letter identifiers on the Nasdaq?

  37. I didn't earn any income this year. Can I still contribute to a Roth?

  38. Should I start taking my RMD based on the amount in my account when I turn 70.5?

  39. Can I sell mutual fund shares below their minimum intial purchase amount without being penalized?

  40. What careers are popular among CFA charterholders?

  41. What is the Central Registration Depository?

  42. I've noticed executives buy a lot of stock below market value, and then they sell it for a large gain. How can they do this?

  43. Does FINRA make any allowances for people whose first language is not English?

  44. What are green investments?

  45. After receiving a required distribution when and how are my taxes affected?

  46. How do I calculate forex pivot points?

  47. What are the economic implications of government subsidies on fuel costs?

  48. How can average investors get involved in an IPO?

  49. What does greenwashing mean?

  50. How does pyramiding work?

  51. Which of the following terms are associated with the purchase/redemption of open-end investment company shares?

  52. What does investment grade mean?

  53. What are the income limits for Roth IRA contributions?

  54. I overcontributed to my 401(k). What are my options?

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

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

  57. Why would a stock have no par value?

  58. Who or what is Dow Jones?

  59. How do I go about opening up a Roth IRA?

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

  61. Can my spouse and I convert our IRAs to Roth IRAs regardless of earned income?

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

  63. What is the best way to measure the total market?

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

  65. What is GDP and why is it so important?

  66. What is the full phrase for 'GmbH', and what do the words in this acronym mean in English?

  67. I've heard that workers who don't roll over their 401(k)s after retiring face some problems related to estate planning. I was told it was some type of final 2002 government regulation. Is this true?

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

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

  70. Which amount should the brokerage use for the 1099-R?

  71. Can I roll over my IRA assets to a sheltered Canadian plan?

  72. I placed a limit order to buy a stock after the market closed, but the stock's price gapped above the entry price and my order never got filled. How can I prevent this from happening?

  73. I earn more than the income limit for both a Roth and Traditional IRA deduction. Should I contribute anyway?

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

  75. What methods can be used to measure and profit from investor sentiment?

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

  77. What causes a significant move in the stock market?

  78. Why do companies merge with or acquire other companies?

  79. How can I find out which stocks also trade as options?

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

  81. How do companies benefit from interest rate and currency swaps?

  82. What is the difference between leverage and margin?

  83. Who bears the investment risk in 401(k) plans?

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

  85. Why do companies postpone earnings announcements?

  86. How do you get a hard copy of a stock certificate?

  87. How does the ISIN numbering system work?

  88. What is a GTEM order?

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

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

  91. How can I reduce the taxes on my inherited retirement assets?

  92. Why do some mergers and acqusitions fall through?

  93. Do I need to be sponsored or employed by a member firm in order to write the Series 66 exam?

  94. Can I obtain my CFA charter without U.S. work experience?

  95. What is an Islamic investment policy?

  96. What constitutes an "intention to call a debt instrument before maturity" for tax purposes?

  97. Do I need to be a U.S. resident to take the Series 63 exam as an individual?

  98. What is a trailing commission?

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

  100. I failed to distribute an inherited 401(k) that was found in an audit. What happens now?

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