Markets FAQs

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

  2. What are some of the features and benefits of SEP IRAs and Roth IRAs?

  3. What does it mean when a stock symbol has a .PK after it?

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

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

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

  7. Is technical analysis used only to analyze stocks?

  8. What happens to the fines collected by the Securities and Exchange Commission?

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

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

  11. What is the difference between open-market and closed-market transactions?

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

  13. What is happening during a risk repricing?

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

  15. What happens to the stock prices of two companies involved in an acquisition?

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

  17. Where can I find a company's annual report and its SEC filings?

  18. How does somebody make money short selling?

  19. What are pro forma earnings?

  20. What are defensive stocks?

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

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

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

  24. What is the cheapest, fastest way to research, buy and trade stock?

  25. I make over $100,000/yr and my adjusted gross income precludes standard IRA contributions. ...

  26. Can I make money using put options when prices are going up?

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

  28. Where can I get bond market quotes?

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

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

  31. Do noise traders have any long-term effect on stock prices?

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

  33. What is the difference between Series 9/10 and Series 24 qualification exams?

  34. What is the best method of analysis for forex trading?

  35. What is a typical day in the life of someone in M&A? How long does a project last? ...

  36. What does it mean to be "above water"?

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

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

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

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

  41. I own options on a stock, and it's just announced a split. What happens to my options?

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

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

  44. What does the law say about non-U.S. citizens buying stocks of U.S. companies? Are ...

  45. Do traders, market makers, specialists or others ever deliberately drive a stock's ...

  46. What is an evergreen provision and how does it affect shareholders?

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

  48. What is options backdating?

  49. Why are the bid and ask quotes usually so far away from each other in after-hours ...

  50. What is variable life insurance?

  51. What is meant by "full disclosure"?

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

  53. What does it mean when a stock trades on the Pink Sheets or the OTCBB?

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

  55. If I am American, can I buy a foreign mutual fund?

  56. What is the difference between a merger and a takeover?

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

  58. What is the difference between hedging and speculation?

  59. Why are corporations so concerned about their stock price?

  60. How can unethical executives use options backdating to evade taxes?

  61. At what point in the ordering process does a broker charge commission?

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

  63. How do interest rate changes implemented by the Fed affect the stock market?

  64. What is Black Monday?

  65. Is there a world currency? If so, what is it?

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

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

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

  69. Why did the New York Stock Exchange report prices in fractions before it switched ...

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

  71. What is a staggered board?

  72. My brokerage firm won't allow naked option positions. What does this mean?

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

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

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

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

  77. How do you calculate the cost basis for a mutual fund over an extended time period?

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

  79. Are eurodollars related to the currency called the euro?

  80. What will happen to my SEP IRA if I leave my current employer?

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

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

  83. What are managed futures?

  84. What do people mean when they say there is a "bubble" going on in the market, such ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  92. What is dilutive stock?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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