Markets FAQs

  1. What is a BRIC nation?

  2. What is the Dodd-Frank Act? How does it affect me?

  3. If a LEAP option is purchased and held for more than 12 months, is the tax treatment long term?

  4. Is there ever a bad time to invest in gold?

  5. How are share prices set?

  6. What exactly is being done when shares are bought and sold?

  7. What is QE3 (quantitative easing)?

  8. Is it possible to beat the market?

  9. How does TARP affect the economy?

  10. Where can I purchase options?

  11. How can I invest in a foreign exchange market?

  12. What are austerity measures?

  13. How does a company switch from one stock exchange to another?

  14. What is the relationship between inflation and interest rates?

  15. What is a derivative?

  16. What is the correlation between American stock prices and the value of the U.S. dollar?

  17. What is the hard-to-borrow list?

  18. How do you make money trading money?

  19. How does margin trading in the forex market work?

  20. How do I convert dollars to pounds, euros to yen, or francs to dollars, etc.?

  21. Why is the U.S. dollar shown on the top of some currency pairs and on the bottom of others?

  22. What is the difference between trading currency futures and spot FX?

  23. What does it mean when there is "price action"?

  24. How can I trade in cross currency pairs if my forex account is denominated in U.S. dollars?

  25. Why is currency always quoted in pairs?

  26. If my mortgage lender goes bankrupt, do I still have to pay my mortgage?

  27. Is it possible to trade forex options?

  28. I want to start buying stocks. Where do I start?

  29. How do I use an arbitrage strategy in forex trading?

  30. How are international exchange rates set?

  31. What impact does a higher non-farm payroll have on the forex market?

  32. What should I look for when choosing a forex trading platform?

  33. What is a pip and what does it represent?

  34. How do open market operations affect the U.S. money supply?

  35. What does "outrights" mean in the context of the FX market?

  36. What is the difference between LIBOR, LIBID and LIMEAN?

  37. How much money do I need to start trading?

  38. What is the difference between the bond market and the stock market?

  39. Why are most bonds traded on the secondary market "over the counter"?

  40. Does a shareholder lose all of their equity once a Chapter 11 bankruptcy is filed by the company?

  41. What is the difference between an options contract and a futures contract?

  42. What is the difference between a Ponzi and a pyramid scheme?

  43. After exercising a put option, can I still hold my option contract in order to sell it at a lower price?

  44. What is a "wash sale"?

  45. What are the requirements to be able to contribute to an HSA?

  46. What are some common hand signals on the trading floor?

  47. If I buy a stock at $45 and I put a stop limit in to sell at $40, will I be guaranteed a sell once the stock has reached this price?

  48. Is life insurance good for mortgage protection?

  49. Who was the first person charged by the SEC?

  50. Why is Game Theory useful in business?

  51. What was the Marshall Plan?

  52. What is the difference between LIBID and LIBOR?

  53. How are oil reserves accounted for on an oil company's balance sheet?

  54. What are the differences between AMEX and Nasdaq?

  55. What are the distribution options for an inherited annuity?

  56. Do stimulus checks work?

  57. What is a call rule?

  58. What's the difference between consumer confidence and consumer sentiment?

  59. Does it make sense to convert a Traditional IRA to a Roth when the market’s down?

  60. My variable annuity account took a beating. Should I seek other alternatives?

  61. What is a convertible insurance policy?

  62. Why would you want a monthly benefit versus a daily benefit?

  63. When did earnings conference calls become open to the public?

  64. Why is the 1982 AT&T breakup considered one of the most successful spinoffs in history?

  65. Which is not a process the Federal Reserve uses to control the level of business activity?

  66. Which two companies underwent the biggest corporate merger of the 1990s?

  67. Out of which international body did the World Trade Organization emerge?

  68. What was the South Seas bubble?

  69. Who set the record loss for "rogue traders"?

  70. When holding an option through expiration date, are you automatically paid any profits, or do you have to sell the option and pay commissions?

  71. How do I use the Nova/Ursa ratio?

  72. Which of the following BEST describes tax treatment of a long option that expires without exercise?

  73. What is the difference between systemic risk and systematic risk?

  74. In forex, what are the commodity pairs?

  75. Which is TRUE about Treasury bond futures?

  76. How do I employ a cash-and-carry trade?

  77. What are all of the securities markets in the U.S.A?

  78. What is a V-shaped recovery and how is it different from other recoveries?

  79. What does it mean when futures prices are in contango?

  80. Which insurance policies do I really need?

  81. Why is the British pound / U.S. dollar currency pair known as "trading the cable"?

  82. Where does stimulus economics come from?

  83. What is the significance of a Schedule 13D?

  84. The SEC's Rule 144

  85. What is an unregistered mutual fund?

  86. What is a permanent portfolio?

  87. What is a growth recession?

  88. What was the most miserable day for financial markets according to the Misery Index?

  89. Is it possible to short sell real estate?

  90. A Straddle

  91. What is the gold standard?

  92. What is an alligator spread?

  93. What was the Gold Reserve Act?

  94. What is moral hazard?

  95. Under the Investment Company Act of 1940, an investment company must have minimum net assets of how much before it can issue shares to the public?

  96. Which statement(s) is/are FALSE about market risk?

  97. What is the difference between an acquisition and a takeover?

  98. What was the first company with a $1 billion market cap?

  99. All of these apply to an option exercise notice EXCEPT:

  100. What are some cheaper alternatives to sending children to summer camp?

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