Personal Finance FAQs

  1. How much does seasonality affect the net sales figures of companies, such as retailers?

  2. What are the benefits of prorating expenses?

  3. How is income taxed on prorated salary?

  4. How can I tell which of my business expenses count as write-offs?

  5. What is the difference between a write-off and a deduction?

  6. Why should an investor in the retail sector consider the Consumer Confidence Index?

  7. How does the risk of investing in the retail sector compare to the broader market?

  8. Which type of retailers tend to perform best during weak periods in the economy?

  9. What is the difference between the present value of an annuity and the future value ...

  10. What category of retailers will perform most strongly when the economy is doing well?

  11. What is the difference between taxable income and gross income?

  12. How do gains from my 401(k) figure into my taxable income?

  13. Does my employer's matching contribution count towards the maximum I can contribute ...

  14. Why is accrued revenue not collected during the current accounting period?

  15. What is the formula for calculating return on assets (ROA) in Excel?

  16. What is the difference between accrued revenue and unrealized revenue?

  17. How is accrued revenue accounted for in bookkeeping?

  18. What is the difference between accrued revenue and accrued interest?

  19. What are the responsibilities of the principal in a company?

  20. Where can I find information about corporate bond issues?

  21. What is the formula for calculating the price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio in Excel?

  22. Why would I need to calculate the present value of an annuity?

  23. How does government regulation impact the retail sector?

  24. What has the retail sector evolved to its current structure?

  25. What is the difference between a revocable trust and an irrevocable trust?

  26. What is the difference between a write-off and a writedown?

  27. Why is the employment figure important to a "dove"

  28. What are the goals of a "dove" Federal Reserve head?

  29. Where on my 1040 form do I report AGI (adjusted gross income)?

  30. How do I calculate how much home equity I have?

  31. Which retail stocks pay the highest dividends?

  32. What is the difference between AGI (adjusted gross income) and net income?

  33. How does the amount of the principal fluctuate depending on inflation?

  34. For what types of accounts are demand deposits available?

  35. What do hard and soft goods in the retail sector refer to?

  36. What are the deductions taken to determine AGI (adjusted gross income)?

  37. How much will an employer generally contribute to a 401(a) plan?

  38. Why are high yield bonds typically lower rated bonds?

  39. What is the difference between earnings and revenue?

  40. What is the opposite of a "dove"?

  41. What are the most popular companies in the retail sector?

  42. Why do economists think it is important to track discretionary income?

  43. How can I obtain an abatement for property taxes?

  44. What is the difference between disposable and discretionary income?

  45. What proportion of my income should I put into my demand deposit account?

  46. What is the difference between earnings and income?

  47. What is the correlation between money supply and GDP?

  48. How will a value added tax impact the government budget?

  49. What does a climbing interest rate risk signify about the economy?

  50. How can I increase my standard of living in my retirement years?

  51. Can I get a tax credit from conducting research and development?

  52. What is the relationship between research and development and innovation?

  53. When can benefits be received from a provident fund?

  54. Is Social Security Income a perpetuity?

  55. How is minimum transfer price calculated?

  56. How is a product line depth related to a product line?

  57. How much of the global economy is comprised of the real estate sector?

  58. What kinds of costs are included in Free on Board (FOB) shipping?

  59. How has electronic retailing (e-tailing) changed the consumer discretionary goods ...

  60. How do I evaluate a debt security?

  61. What types of investments are allowed in a provident fund?

  62. How does a provident fund compare to U.S. Social Security?

  63. What are key economic growth rates that can be used to determine the economic health ...

  64. What are some tactics businesses can use to increase unlevered free cash flow?

  65. In what manner will a recession likely affect the marginal-propensity-to-save rate ...

  66. What is the difference between "closed end credit" and a "line of credit?"

  67. What level of annual growth is common for companies in the Internet sector?

  68. How should a whistleblower report unlawful or unethical behavior?

  69. What is the government's role and what is the private sector's role in neoliberalism?

  70. What tax implications are there for parties involved with a reverse repurchase agreement?

  71. What are key factors that are generally considered in demographic studies conducted ...

  72. How are benefits from a provident fund taxed?

  73. When would a vendor care about its accounts payable turnover ratio?

  74. What is a family Limited Liability Company (LLC)?

  75. In what instances does a business use closed end credit?

  76. What are some examples of debit notes in business-to-business transactions?

  77. How do insurance companies use a whistleblower?

  78. How is abatement cost accounted for on financial statements?

  79. How does an investor compute a Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate of Sales for an automotive ...

  80. How does wage price spiral impact interest rates?

  81. What are typical examples of capitalized costs within a company?

  82. How is maintenance of standard of living for survivors accomplished in estate planning?

  83. What type of asset allocation should I use if I am already retired?

  84. How can I determine the degree of financial leverage (DFL) for a particular company?

  85. I'm in my 50s. Should I still participate in my company's Roth 401(k)?

  86. What is the difference between a silent partner and a general partner?

  87. What types of liens are seen as good and which are bad for my credit?

  88. What are the typical requirements to qualify for closed end credit?

  89. What happens to my Roth 401(k) if I leave my job?

  90. What is the difference between payment netting and close-out netting?

  91. What is the difference between an intervivos trust and a testamentary trust?

  92. What are the long-term effects of delinquent accounts?

  93. How does a qualifying widow obtain widow's allowance?

  94. What is an IRS letter audit / audit by correspondence?

  95. What are the liabilities of a silent partner?

  96. How was the American Dream impacted by the housing market collapse in 2008?

  97. When might an abatement be granted by the IRS?

  98. What are the pros and cons of downround financing?

  99. What are the differences between a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a Certified ...

  100. What is the best way to start to rebuild your credit after a bankruptcy?

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