Markets FAQs

  1. Why should I invest in the market when I can buy and sell houses or cars?

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

  3. What burst the Mississippi bubble?

  4. Which statement about the New York Stock Exchange is FALSE?

  5. Is there short selling in China?

  6. When and why did the euro make its debut as a currency?

  7. What is a Greenspan put?

  8. How do indexes determine which stocks are removed or added to them?

  9. When did the U.S. start using paper money?

  10. What was the millionaire boom?

  11. How do I invest in the Nasdaq or the NYSE? Is it even possible? Would I want to?

  12. Which day is known as China's "Black Tuesday" and why?

  13. How do I know if I am buying unregistered securities or stocks?

  14. What are unregistered securities or stocks?

  15. Why did Tyco's financial statements attract the SEC's attention in 2002?

  16. Why would a company do a reverse merger instead of an IPO?

  17. Why is Frank Quattrone credited with contributing to the growth of the dotcom bubble?

  18. Where can I find all of the stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial Average?

  19. What is the difference between return on equity and return on capital?

  20. What currency is affected by the interest rate decisions of the Bank of England (BoE)?

  21. What is an unregistered security scam?

  22. What does it mean when advertisers say that "financing is available"? Should I trust them to give me a good deal?

  23. What is the difference between inflation and stagflation?

  24. Investment advisors must register with the SEC when their assets under management total what amount?

  25. What is the salad oil scandal?

  26. What are the penalties for withdrawing from my Traditional IRA less than a year after acquisition?

  27. What is the downtick-uptick rule on the NYSE?

  28. What business processes were used to establish the Chevrolet motor company?

  29. Which of the following are tools that are employed by the Federal Reserve in its efforts to control the money supply?

  30. What is a wild-card play?

  31. How did currency trader John Rusnak hide $691 million in losses before being caught for bank fraud?

  32. What is a vest fleece?

  33. What is earnings management?

  34. What do the S&P, Dow and Nasdaq futures contracts represent?

  35. If everyone is selling in a bear market, does your broker have to buy your shares from you? If so, won't he be losing his shirt?

  36. Are professionals, such as financial planners and brokers, liable for the advice they give?

  37. What requirements must a company meet for options to be traded on its stock?

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

  39. Short selling vs. purchasing a put option: how do the payoffs differ?

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

  41. Do traders, market makers, specialists or others ever deliberately drive a stock's price down to "shake out" the last sellers?

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

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

  44. Why do companies postpone earnings announcements?

  45. What economic indicators are especially important to oil traders?

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

  47. What is a liquidity squeeze?

  48. What types of accounts are available for forex trading?

  49. What does it mean to have "dry powder"?

  50. What is market capitulation?

  51. I do not want to totally get out of my retirement 401(k), but I want to take 72(t) distributions. What should I consider?

  52. Are we in a bull market or a bear market?

  53. How does the government influence the securities market?

  54. Why did the New York Stock Exchange report prices in fractions before it switched to decimal reporting?

  55. What's the difference between a regular option and an exotic option?

  56. I make over $100,000/yr and my adjusted gross income precludes standard IRA contributions. My contributions to my 401(k) plan at work are limited to about $7,000/yr. It seems I'm being penalized for my income. Are there other retirement savings options av

  57. Do I own a stock as of the trade date or the settlement date?

  58. What parties are involved in the creation of an American depositary receipt?

  59. Can an option be exercised on the expiration date?

  60. Can investors short sell pink sheet or over-the-counter stocks?

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

  62. What is happening during a risk repricing?

  63. What are managed futures?

  64. Are oil prices and interest rates correlated?

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

  66. What does "in street name" mean, and why are securities held this way?

  67. Why don't stocks begin trading at the previous day's closing price?

  68. How does somebody make money short selling?

  69. I own some stock warrants. How do I exercise them?

  70. What are the "Dogs of the Dow"?

  71. What is an efficient market and how does it affect individual investors?

  72. If an IRA owner dies after starting required minimum distributions (RMD) but the spouse is under 70.5, can the spouse roll over the IRA into his/her own IRA, and stop RMDs until age 70.5?

  73. Is a Canadian resident allowed to participate in a direct stock purchase plan from a U.S. company such as Pfizer?

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

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

  76. What methods can be used to fund a forex account?

  77. What should I use as a benchmark for my small-cap stock portfolio?

  78. How does the ISIN numbering system work?

  79. What happens when a circuit breaker is put into effect?

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

  81. What is Black Monday?

  82. How does pyramiding work?

  83. What is an echo bubble?

  84. Where does the name "Wall Street" come from?

  85. What number of shares determines adequate liquidity for a stock?

  86. Is it important to check the professional history of my investment advisor?

  87. Why do option volume quotes differ on different websites?

  88. What exactly is a company's float?

  89. Are ETFs required to pay out a percentage of income as dividends?

  90. How can I hedge against rising diesel prices?

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

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

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

  94. What is the history behind the opening and closing bells on the NYSE?

  95. Why do brokers ask for personal information before they make any trades?

  96. Who or what are the turtles?

  97. How do central banks inject money into the economy?

  98. Can I leave my pension to my spouse when I pass away?

  99. What does "guns and butter" refer to?

  100. Why was Microsoft subject to antitrust charges in 1998?

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