Active Trading FAQs

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

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

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

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

  5. What is options backdating?

  6. How is the Parabolic SAR used in trading?

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

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

  9. What does negative shareholder equity on a balance sheet mean?

  10. What is a margin account?

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

  12. My broker just sold securities out of my account without my permission. Is this legal?

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

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

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

  16. How long does a stock that has done a reverse split keep the letter "D" at the end ...

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

  18. Why do some stock quotes appear in bold print in the newspaper?

  19. What is authorized stock?

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

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

  22. What was "Operation Wooden Nickel"?

  23. What is the chaos theory?

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

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

  26. What is late-day trading? Why is it any different from buying and selling stocks ...

  27. Do hedge funds and mutual funds invest in commodities in high inflation environments?

  28. How can a company trade more shares in one day than there are shares outstanding? ...

  29. Is finance an art or a science?

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

  31. How can I invest in gold?

  32. What are the risks of having both high operating leverage and high financial leverage?

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

  34. How can I use market breadth to my advantage?

  35. How is margin interest calculated?

  36. What is the "random walk theory" and what does it mean for investors?

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

  38. How do investors "chase the market"? It this a bad thing?

  39. What is earnings management?

  40. What is the difference between fundamental and technical analysis?

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

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

  43. Can technical analysis be called a self-fulfilling prophecy?

  44. How do I measure option liquidity?

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

  46. Where do I place my target when the price of a stock breaks out of a technical chart ...

  47. Can an option have a negative strike price?

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

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

  50. I have a KSOP through my employer that I've invested 100% in company stock. I am ...

  51. Who is Mr. Copper?

  52. What is market capitulation?

  53. Where did the bull and bear market get their names?

  54. What is the difference between options and futures?

  55. I made involuntary contributions to a retirement plan while temporarily employed. ...

  56. Can I make money using put options when prices are going up?

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

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

  59. How do speculators profit from options?

  60. What do the bracketed numbers following a technical indicator mean?

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

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

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

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

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

  66. How are the interest charges calculated on my margin account?

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

  68. Is technical analysis used only to analyze stocks?

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

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

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

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

  73. How can I determine a stock's next resistance level or target price?

  74. How does the ISIN numbering system work?

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

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

  77. How are stock warrants different from stock options?

  78. Where does the name "Wall Street" come from?

  79. I'm about to retire. If I pay off my mortgage with after-tax money I have saved, ...

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

  81. What is the difference between fast and slow stochastics in technical analysis?

  82. What is the pitchfork indicator that I keep hearing about, and how do I use it?

  83. What do the "BxA" numbers on my brokerage's trading screen mean?

  84. Why won't my broker allow me to sell one stock and buy another on the same day?

  85. Why would my stock's value decline despite good news being released?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  96. Is tracking error a significant measure for determining ex-post risk?

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

  98. What is the best time of the day to trade?

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

  100. What do you call a candlestick with no shadows, and what does it mean?

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