Markets FAQs

  1. What exactly is a company's float?

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

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

  4. What is a liquidity squeeze?

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

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

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

  8. What are the listing requirements for the Nasdaq?

  9. What is a blackout period?

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

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

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

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

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

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

  16. What is a blank-check company?

  17. What are managed futures?

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

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

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

  21. How does the government influence the securities market?

  22. What is variable life insurance?

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

  24. How does somebody make money short selling?

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

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

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

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

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

  30. What is authorized stock?

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

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

  33. How does leverage work in the forex market?

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

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

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

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

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

  39. Who sets the price of commodities?

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

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

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

  43. What are elves?

  44. What are the Gnomes of Zurich?

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

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

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

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

  49. Why did dotcom companies crash so drastically?

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

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

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

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

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

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

  56. When must a company announce earnings?

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

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

  59. What are cleantech stocks?

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

  61. What is dilutive stock?

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

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

  64. What is options backdating?

  65. How do I calculate forex pivot points?

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

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

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

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

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

  71. What is meant by "full disclosure"?

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

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

  74. How does a pump and dump scam work?

  75. Where can I get bond market quotes?

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

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

  78. What is earnings management?

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

  80. What causes a recession?

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

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

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

  84. How can I buy oil as an investment?

  85. What's the difference between a golden handshake and a golden parachute?

  86. What does it mean to book the basis?

  87. What is Ginzy trading?

  88. Where can I find all of the stocks in the Nasdaq Composite Index?

  89. What are goldbrick shares?

  90. How does a company move from an OTC market to a major exchange?

  91. How do I "vest" something?

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