Markets FAQs

  1. What are the Gnomes of Zurich?

  2. What exactly is insider trading?

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

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

  5. Who employs the specialists at New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)? Do they work for themselves, ...

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

  7. What does the term "stock-for-stock" mean?

  8. I have several jobs. Can I contribute the maximum to multiple employer retirement ...

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

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

  11. Why isn't the EUR/USD currency pair quoted as USD/EUR?

  12. What is authorized stock?

  13. What are the advantages and disadvantages for a company going public?

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

  15. Is it possible to take the Series 7 exam without being sponsored?

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

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

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

  19. What is a blank-check company?

  20. How can I buy oil as an investment?

  21. What is earnings management?

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

  23. What's the difference between publicly- and privately-held companies?

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

  25. What is a CUSIP number?

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

  27. Do hedge funds and mutual funds invest in commodities in high inflation environments?

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

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

  30. What will happen to my U.S.-based stock portfolio if the U.S. dollar substantially ...

  31. Why would a multinational corporation conduct a vertical foreign direct investment?

  32. How does a credit crunch occur?

  33. What was "Operation Wooden Nickel"?

  34. Who is Mr. Copper?

  35. What does "after the bell" mean?

  36. As a temporary resident of the US, can I withdraw funds from my Traditional IRA without ...

  37. I do not want to totally get out of my retirement 401(k), but I want to take 72(t) ...

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

  39. I'm about to retire. If I pay off my mortgage with after-tax money I have saved, ...

  40. What is a penny stock?

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

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

  43. What is after-hours trading? Am I able to trade at this time?

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

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

  46. I made involuntary contributions to a retirement plan while temporarily employed. ...

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

  48. In M&A how does an all-stock or all-cash deal affect the equity of the buying company? ...

  49. How are futures used to hedge a position?

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

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

  52. What is market capitulation?

  53. Are professionals, such as financial planners and brokers, liable for the advice ...

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

  55. Which option is better on a mutual fund: a growth option or a dividend reinvestment ...

  56. How can I hedge against rising diesel prices?

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

  58. What is the put-call ratio and why should I pay attention to it?

  59. How do central banks acquire currency reserves and how much are they required to ...

  60. What effect does a company's dividend reinvestment plan have on its stock price? ...

  61. Who sets the price of commodities?

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

  63. What happens to my call options if the underlying company is bought out?

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

  65. What causes a recession?

  66. Why did dotcom companies crash so drastically?

  67. What is a blackout period?

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

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

  70. What exactly is a company's float?

  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 ...

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

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

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

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

  77. How does leverage work in the forex market?

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

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

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

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

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

  83. How are stock warrants different from stock options?

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

  85. What is the "Nifty 50"?

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

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

  88. How does the government influence the securities market?

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

  90. What is the difference between options and futures?

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

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

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

  94. How can I invest in gold?

  95. Can an option have a negative strike price?

  96. What does "squeezing the shorts" mean?

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

  98. How do I calculate forex pivot points?

  99. How does pyramiding work?

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

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

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