Markets FAQs

  1. What is the difference between an acquisition and a takeover?

  2. What was the first company with a $1 billion market cap?

  3. All of these apply to an option exercise notice EXCEPT:

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

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

  6. What burst the Mississippi bubble?

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

  8. Is there short selling in China?

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

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

  11. What is a Greenspan put?

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

  13. What was the millionaire boom?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  22. What is an unregistered security scam?

  23. What does it mean when advertisers say that "financing is available"? Should I trust ...

  24. What is the difference between inflation and stagflation?

  25. Investment advisors must register with the SEC when their assets under management ...

  26. What is the salad oil scandal?

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

  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 ...

  30. What is a wild-card play?

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

  32. What is a vest fleece?

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

  34. How do I measure option liquidity?

  35. How does a credit crunch occur?

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

  37. What exactly is insider trading?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  58. What is the difference between leverage and margin?

  59. Can an option have a negative strike price?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  67. What is a penny stock?

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

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

  70. What is the difference between hedging and speculation?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  78. Is technical analysis used only to analyze stocks?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  90. How can I hedge against rising diesel prices?

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

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

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

  94. What is a staggered board?

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

  96. When is a takeover bid legally canceled?

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

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

  99. What is Black Monday?

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

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