Markets FAQs

  1. What is a staggered board?

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

  3. When is a takeover bid legally canceled?

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

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

  6. What is Black Monday?

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

  8. How can I invest in gold?

  9. Is there such a thing as a nano cap or micro cap index?

  10. What does it mean when a bond has a put option?

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

  12. What is a Bermuda swaption?

  13. Is there a world currency? If so, what is it?

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

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

  16. Who or what is Dow Jones?

  17. How are stock warrants different from stock options?

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

  19. What does it mean to be "above water"?

  20. What does it mean when a stock trades on the Pink Sheets or the OTCBB?

  21. What are pro forma earnings?

  22. What happens to the stock prices of two companies involved in an acquisition?

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

  24. Do noise traders have any long-term effect on stock prices?

  25. What is the cheapest, fastest way to research, buy and trade stock?

  26. What is a back door listing?

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

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

  29. What does "after the bell" mean?

  30. Is it important to check the professional history of my investment advisor?

  31. Why do companies postpone earnings announcements?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  43. What does "squeezing the shorts" mean?

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

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

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

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

  48. Who or what are the turtles?

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

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

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

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

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

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

  55. What is the incentive to buy a stock without dividends?

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

  57. What does the law say about non-U.S. citizens buying stocks of U.S. companies? Are ...

  58. I'm a teacher. Which is better for me, a 401(k) or 403(b)? What is the difference? ...

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

  60. What is happening during a risk repricing?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  68. How do speculators profit from options?

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

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

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

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

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

  74. How are futures used to hedge a position?

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

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

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

  78. How does the ISIN numbering system work?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  89. Why should I invest?

  90. What is the "Nifty 50"?

  91. Who is Mr. Copper?

  92. How is a put option exercised?

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

  94. What are defensive stocks?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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