Markets FAQs

  1. Why did dotcom companies crash so drastically?

  2. What is a blackout period?

  3. What is the relationship between the PPI and the CPI?

  4. I have a short period of time (1 year or less) during which I will have money to ...

  5. What exactly is a company's float?

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

  7. If an IRA owner dies after starting required minimum distributions (RMD) but the ...

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

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

  10. If I reject the tender offer for acquisition of the stock that I own in a company ...

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

  12. How does leverage work in the forex market?

  13. Why is the U.S. stock market doing well despite the recent U.S. economic downturn?

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

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

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

  17. How can I find out if my employer is a member of FINRA?

  18. How are stock warrants different from stock options?

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

  20. What is the "Nifty 50"?

  21. How do I use a "basket" option?

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

  23. How does the government influence the securities market?

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

  25. What is the difference between options and futures?

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

  27. If different bond markets use different day-count conventions, how do I know which ...

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

  29. How can I invest in gold?

  30. Can an option have a negative strike price?

  31. What does "squeezing the shorts" mean?

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

  33. How do I calculate forex pivot points?

  34. How does pyramiding work?

  35. Which of the following terms are associated with the purchase/redemption of open-end ...

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

  37. Who or what is Dow Jones?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  45. What is the difference between leverage and margin?

  46. Why do companies postpone earnings announcements?

  47. How does the ISIN numbering system work?

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

  49. How does a pump and dump scam work?

  50. I own shares of a company that just received a delisting notice from Nasdaq. Does ...

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

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

  53. I am a non-U.S. citizen living outside the U.S. and trading stocks through a U.S. ...

  54. How do investors lose money when the stock market crashes?

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

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

  57. Where do investors tend to put their money in a bear market?

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

  59. When is a takeover bid legally canceled?

  60. What is hedging as it relates to forex trading?

  61. What is a back door listing?

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

  63. I know there is a form of deposit insurance where a portion of my bank account deposits ...

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

  65. What happens when a company buys back its shares?

  66. How is a put option exercised?

  67. What is the difference between forward and futures contracts?

  68. How do speculators profit from options?

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

  70. I passed my Series 7 exam, but I terminated employment at my sponsoring firm before ...

  71. Who or what are the turtles?

  72. What are cleantech stocks?

  73. What is the difference between a Keogh and an IRA?

  74. What is a Bermuda swaption?

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

  76. Why should I invest?

  77. What are the listing requirements for the Nasdaq?

  78. If everyone is selling in a bear market, does your broker have to buy your shares ...

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

  80. When must a company announce earnings?

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

  82. What's the difference between old- and new-economy stocks?

  83. How do I measure option liquidity?

  84. Is a Canadian resident allowed to participate in a direct stock purchase plan from ...

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

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

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

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

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

  90. Am I qualified once I complete my FINRA certification exam?

  91. What is a liquidity squeeze?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  99. Is technical analysis used only to analyze stocks?

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

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

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