Markets FAQs

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

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

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

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

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

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

  7. What exactly is a company's float?

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

  9. How can I hedge against rising diesel prices?

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

  11. Which is the best index to use to study the possible future price action of a given ...

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

  13. What is options backdating?

  14. Can I roll my 403(b) and 457 into other low-cost venders when I change jobs?

  15. Why does a crisis in emerging markets cause U.S. Treasury yields to decrease?

  16. How does a credit crunch occur?

  17. Who is Mr. Copper?

  18. What is a Bermuda swaption?

  19. What are leading, lagging and coincident indicators? What are they for?

  20. What is the incentive to buy a stock without dividends?

  21. My company is the trustee of our 401k plan (which has 112 participants). What are ...

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

  23. Is there such a thing as a nano cap or micro cap index?

  24. I live in the U.S. How can I trade stocks in China and India?

  25. What is the haircut rate imposed by clearing corporations?

  26. How do restricted stocks, treasury stocks and stock appreciation rights benefit employees?

  27. How does leverage work in the forex market?

  28. Can an option have a negative strike price?

  29. Is an earnings surprise priced into the opening value by market makers or does the ...

  30. Which is better for tax deductions, itemization or a standard deduction?

  31. What are cleantech stocks?

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

  33. What does "after the bell" mean?

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

  35. What does a cut in interest rates mean for the stock market?

  36. I converted my former IRA to a Roth for tax purposes in 1998, so even though the ...

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

  38. Can a stop-loss order be used to protect a short sale transaction?

  39. What is a staggered board?

  40. How is spread calculated when trading in the forex market?

  41. If a country's currency is determined by the strength of its economy, why isn't the ...

  42. What is the difference between leverage and margin?

  43. How do speculators profit from options?

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

  45. How many attempts at the Series 7 exam are permitted?

  46. How do I receive sponsorship from a member firm in order to write a Series 7 exam?

  47. I have a KSOP through my employer that I've invested 100% in company stock. I am ...

  48. What are elves?

  49. What is meant by "full disclosure"?

  50. What is a blackout period?

  51. I'm a teacher. Which is better for me, a 401(k) or 403(b)? What is the difference? ...

  52. What's the difference between the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500?

  53. Can I roll over a profit-sharing plan to an SEP IRA account without suffering any ...

  54. Why did my stock's ticker symbol change?

  55. What's the difference between absolute P/E ratio and relative P/E ratio?

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

  57. What does the 'FIG' at an investment bank refer to?

  58. Do stop or limit orders protect you against gaps in a stock's price?

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

  60. What does it mean when a bond has a put option?

  61. What is authorized stock?

  62. Do I need to take the Series 6 examination after I have already successfully completed ...

  63. I want to start my own brokerage company, how do I become a member of FINRA?

  64. How do I register for the CFA program for the first time?

  65. What kinds of investments are allowed in a qualified retirement plan, and what kinds ...

  66. Where did the bull and bear market get their names?

  67. Who or what is Dow Jones?

  68. What do the phrases "sell to open", "buy to close", "buy to open", and "sell to close" ...

  69. Does the seller (the writer) of an option determine the details of the option contract?

  70. How can my stock's price change after hours, and what effect does this have on investors? ...

  71. I want to invest in equities, but I don't have much money. Is there a minimum number ...

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

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

  74. What is the value of one pip and why are they different between currency pairs?

  75. Who sets the price of commodities?

  76. I am not a resident of the United States, but would like to be qualified as a registered ...

  77. I have a CFA designation. Do I qualify for any exemptions from FINRA licensing exams?

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

  79. What's the difference between a Nasdaq market maker and a NYSE specialist?

  80. If the stock market is so volatile, why would I want to put my money into it?

  81. What does membership in the New York Stock Exchange entail, and why is it known as ...

  82. What do all of the letters in a stock option ticker symbol mean?

  83. Can stocks be traded on more than one exchange, such as, for example, on both the ...

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

  85. I am in the second year of taking SEPP distributions from my IRA. Can I transfer ...

  86. When does one sell a put option, and when does one sell a call option?

  87. Why can't I have fixed rollover costs in forex?

  88. Why do futures' prices converge upon spot prices during the delivery month?

  89. What does "squeezing the shorts" mean?

  90. Why do options with the same underlying stock and strike prices trade for different ...

  91. I've noticed executives buy a lot of stock below market value, and then they sell ...

  92. How long does it take for a merger to go through?

  93. Where can I find a list of all of the stocks in the S&P 500?

  94. How do companies use the Pac-Man defense?

  95. When you buy a stock in a company, does it necessarily mean that one of the shareholders ...

  96. What are the listing requirements for the Nasdaq?

  97. What is the difference between a global fund and an international fund?

  98. What is a CUSIP number?

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

  100. What is the weighted average of outstanding shares? How is it calculated?

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