Markets FAQs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  13. What does "squeezing the shorts" mean?

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

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

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

  17. I just opened an IRA. What can I do to help my money grow?

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

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

  20. How do speculators profit from options?

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

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

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

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

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

  26. Who or what are the turtles?

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

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

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

  30. Why should I invest?

  31. What is the "Nifty 50"?

  32. Who is Mr. Copper?

  33. How is a put option exercised?

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

  35. What are defensive stocks?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  47. How are futures used to hedge a position?

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

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

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

  51. How does the ISIN numbering system work?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  63. What are managed futures?

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

  65. What was "Operation Wooden Nickel"?

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

  67. What is market capitulation?

  68. How does pyramiding work?

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

  70. What is the difference between options and futures?

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

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

  73. What is a CUSIP number?

  74. What exactly is a company's float?

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

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

  77. What is a liquidity squeeze?

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

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

  80. What are the listing requirements for the Nasdaq?

  81. What is a blackout period?

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

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

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

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

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

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

  88. What is a blank-check company?

  89. How can I buy oil as an investment?

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

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

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

  93. How does the government influence the securities market?

  94. What is variable life insurance?

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

  96. How does somebody make money short selling?

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

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

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

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

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