Options And Futures FAQs

  1. What's the best way to play backwardation in the futures market?

  2. What's the difference between binary options and day trading?

  3. If a LEAP option is purchased and held for more than 12 months, is the tax treatment long term?

  4. Is there ever a bad time to invest in gold?

  5. Where can I purchase options?

  6. How can I invest in a foreign exchange market?

  7. What is a derivative?

  8. What is the hard-to-borrow list?

  9. How does margin trading in the forex market work?

  10. What is the difference between trading currency futures and spot FX?

  11. Is it possible to trade forex options?

  12. I want to start buying stocks. Where do I start?

  13. What should I look for when choosing a forex trading platform?

  14. What is the difference between LIBOR, LIBID and LIMEAN?

  15. How much money do I need to start trading?

  16. What is the difference between the bond market and the stock market?

  17. What is the difference between an options contract and a futures contract?

  18. After exercising a put option, can I still hold my option contract in order to sell it at a lower price?

  19. What are the requirements to be able to contribute to an HSA?

  20. What is a "wash sale"?

  21. If I buy a stock at $45 and I put a stop limit in to sell at $40, will I be guaranteed a sell once the stock has reached this price?

  22. What are some common hand signals on the trading floor?

  23. Is life insurance good for mortgage protection?

  24. Why is Game Theory useful in business?

  25. What are the distribution options for an inherited annuity?

  26. What are the differences between AMEX and Nasdaq?

  27. What is a call rule?

  28. My variable annuity account took a beating. Should I seek other alternatives?

  29. Why would you want a monthly benefit versus a daily benefit?

  30. Who set the record loss for "rogue traders"?

  31. When holding an option through expiration date, are you automatically paid any profits, or do you have to sell the option and pay commissions?

  32. Which of the following BEST describes tax treatment of a long option that expires without exercise?

  33. What is the difference between systemic risk and systematic risk?

  34. Which is TRUE about Treasury bond futures?

  35. How do I employ a cash-and-carry trade?

  36. What are all of the securities markets in the U.S.A?

  37. What does it mean when futures prices are in contango?

  38. Which insurance policies do I really need?

  39. What is an unregistered mutual fund?

  40. Is it possible to short sell real estate?

  41. A Straddle

  42. What is the gold standard?

  43. What is an alligator spread?

  44. What was the Gold Reserve Act?

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

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

  47. What does it mean when advertisers say that "financing is available"? Should I trust them to give me a good deal?

  48. What is the salad oil scandal?

  49. What is a wild-card play?

  50. How did currency trader John Rusnak hide $691 million in losses before being caught for bank fraud?

  51. What is a vest fleece?

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

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

  54. Is technical analysis used only to analyze stocks?

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

  56. What is the difference between hedging and speculation?

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

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

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

  60. Why should I invest?

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

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

  63. What is dilutive stock?

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

  65. How are futures used to hedge a position?

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

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

  68. What was "Operation Wooden Nickel"?

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

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

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

  72. I have several jobs. Can I contribute the maximum to multiple employer retirement plans?

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

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

  75. I passed my Series 7 exam, but I terminated employment at my sponsoring firm before I received my license. Is my exam still valid?

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

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

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

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

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

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

  82. What is options backdating?

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

  84. What are managed futures?

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

  86. I do not want to totally get out of my retirement 401(k), but I want to take 72(t) distributions. What should I consider?

  87. What do the phrases "sell to open", "buy to close", "buy to open", and "sell to close" mean?

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

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

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

  91. What is authorized stock?

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

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

  94. Who is Mr. Copper?

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

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

  97. I own shares of a company that just received a delisting notice from Nasdaq. Does this mean I will lose my shares?

  98. I am in the second year of taking SEPP distributions from my IRA. Can I transfer some of the funds to a new IRA with different investment options?

  99. How does leverage work in the forex market?

  100. Who sets the price of commodities?

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