Active Trading FAQs

  1. What is the best measure of a given stock's volatility?

  2. Why do you need a margin account to short sell stocks?

  3. Why is short selling illegal in some countries but legal in the U.S.?

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

  5. When short selling, how long should you hold on to a short?

  6. How does somebody make money short selling?

  7. Is technical analysis a self-fulfilling prophecy?

  8. How can I invest in gold?

  9. What is variable life insurance?

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

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

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

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

  14. How can I buy oil as an investment?

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

  16. How does a stop-loss order work, and what price is used to trigger the order?

  17. What is Fibonacci retracement, and where do the ratios that are used come from?

  18. What is a derivative?

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

  20. What's the difference between a stop and a limit order?

  21. Can mutual funds use leverage?

  22. How do hedge funds use leverage?

  23. Do nonprofit organizations have working capital?

  24. How do hedge funds use equity options?

  25. How do mutual funds split?

  26. Can mutual funds invest in options and futures? (RYMBX, GATEX)

  27. What are some of the most common technical indicators that back up Doji patterns?

  28. Tame Panic Selling with the Exhausted Selling Model

  29. Point and Figure Charting Using Count Analysis

  30. What assumptions are made when conducting a t-test?

  31. How do I place an order to buy or sell shares?

  32. How does a forward contract differ from a call option? (AAPL)

  33. What does a futures contract cost?

  34. How are double exponential moving averages applied in technical analysis?

  35. How do I set a strike price in foreign exchange trading?

  36. What are some high-profile examples of wash trading schemes?

  37. What economic indicators are important to consider when investing in the retail sector?

  38. How do you know where on the oscillator you should make a purchase or sale?

  39. What are the alert zones in a Fibonacci retracement?

  40. How was the Fibonacci retracement developed for use in finance?

  41. How can I hedge my portfolio to protect from a decline in the food and beverage sector?

  42. How attractive is the food and beverage sector for a growth investor?

  43. What are common delta hedging strategies?

  44. How reliable is the Fibonacci retracement in predicting stock behavior?

  45. What techniques are most useful for hedging exposure to the insurance sector?

  46. How can a swing trader use a Fibonacci retracement?

  47. How does a broker decide which customers are eligible to open a margin account?

  48. What is the formula for calculating the receivables turnover ratio?

  49. How was the stochastic oscillator developed?

  50. How do I determine the breakeven point for a short put?

  51. How do I place a buy limit order if I want to buy a stock during an initial public ...

  52. How can I hedge my portfolio to protect from a decline in the retail sector?

  53. What options strategies are best suited for investing in the retail sector?

  54. Are there leveraged ETFs that follow the retail sector?

  55. What is the interest rate offered on a typical margin account?

  56. What techniques are most useful for hedging exposure to the utilities sector?

  57. How does the risk of investing in the telecommunications sector compare to the broader ...

  58. What techniques are most useful for hedging exposure to the telecommunications sector?

  59. What option strategies can I use to earn additional income when investing in the ...

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

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

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

  63. What precisely is a stochastic oscillator meant to predict?

  64. How can an investor profit from a fall in the utilities sector?

  65. What are the main risks associated with trading derivatives?

  66. How can I profit from a decline in the telecommunications sector?

  67. How does a swing trader use the stochastic oscillator?

  68. What is the difference between derivatives and options?

  69. How are rights distributed in a rights offering?

  70. How can I use an out-of-the-money put time spread for downside risk?

  71. Can an investor buy leveraged ETFs that track the automotive sector?

  72. What risks should I consider taking a short put position?

  73. What are the similarities and differences between the savings and loan (S&L) crisis ...

  74. What are some common cash-debt strategies that occur during a spinoff?

  75. How can I spot trading opportunities looking at year-to-date (YTD) performance?

  76. What happens if a software glitch fails to execute the strike price I set?

  77. Why should I consider buying an option if it's out-of-the-money?

  78. How does Net Operating Profit After Tax give a clearer view of the operating efficiency ...

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

  80. How do traders use out-of-the-money options to hedge?

  81. In what market situations might a short put be a profitable trade?

  82. Why should investors be wary of off balance sheet financing activities?

  83. What industries typically use delta hedging techniques?

  84. What major events and policy decisions led to the savings and loan crisis (S&L crisis)?

  85. How is a short call used in a covered call option strategy?

  86. How does implied volatility impact the pricing of options?

  87. Which is better: dollar cost averaging or value averaging?

  88. How is a short call used in a naked call writing option strategy?

  89. What is the relationship between implied volatility and the volatility skew?

  90. What options strategies are best suited for investing in the insurance sector?

  91. What are the key differences between financial risk and business risk to a company?

  92. How can I use Bollinger Bands® to trade binary options?

  93. Why is the Nasdaq more volatile than the NYSE?

  94. What does a high unlevered free cash flow indicate about a business?

  95. How is a short call used in a collar option strategy?

  96. How can I use Bollinger Bands® to spot options trading opportunities?

  97. How does degree of financial leverage (DFL) affect earnings per share (EPS)?

  98. How is implied volatility for options impacted by a bearish market?

  99. How do prepaid expenses affect liquidity ratio calculations?

  100. Can I have a short put position in my IRA?

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