Active Trading FAQs

  1. How are stock warrants different from stock options?

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

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

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

  5. Is technical analysis used only to analyze stocks?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  25. How do I calculate forex pivot points?

  26. What is variable life insurance?

  27. Use the following information about a customer’s margin account to answer the question.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  37. Do I need to take the Series 6 examination after I have already successfully completed ...

  38. Who or what are the turtles?

  39. What does "guns and butter" refer to?

  40. How does pyramiding work?

  41. Margin accounts are established to allow investors the ability to use leverage with ...

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

  43. If everyone is selling in a bear market, does your broker have to buy your shares ...

  44. What do the phrases "sell to open", "buy to close", "buy to open", and "sell to close" ...

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

  46. I make over $100,000/yr and my adjusted gross income precludes standard IRA contributions. ...

  47. What is the difference between a logarithmic price scale and a linear one?

  48. How is a put option exercised?

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

  50. What is relative strength?

  51. I am not a resident of the United States, but would like to be qualified as a registered ...

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

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

  54. How can I tell if I'm an emotional investor?

  55. What is a Bermuda swaption?

  56. What kinds of investments are allowed in a qualified retirement plan, and what kinds ...

  57. Are we in a bull market or a bear market?

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

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

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

  61. What methods can be used to measure and profit from investor sentiment?

  62. I keep hearing about the 50-day, 100-day and 200-day moving averages. What do they ...

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

  64. What do the numbers that follow the bid and ask numbers in stock quotes represent? ...

  65. What is a GTEM order?

  66. What do the different colored candlesticks mean?

  67. What are the advantages of using a mini forex account for trading?

  68. What are elves?

  69. How does somebody make money short selling?

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

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

  72. How can I hedge against rising diesel prices?

  73. What is dilutive stock?

  74. Where can I find information about pre- and after-hours trading on the NYSE and the ...

  75. How does leverage work in the forex market?

  76. Why do futures' prices converge upon spot prices during the delivery month?

  77. What is a virtual trailing stop order (VTSO)?

  78. Which is better for tax deductions, itemization or a standard deduction?

  79. What is the best method of analysis for forex trading?

  80. What qualifies a person as a day trader?

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

  82. What requirements must a company meet for options to be traded on its stock?

  83. Does the party loaning shares in a short sale transaction benefit in any way other ...

  84. I placed a limit order to buy a stock after the market closed, but the stock's price ...

  85. I have several jobs. Can I contribute the maximum to multiple employer retirement ...

  86. How do restricted stocks, treasury stocks and stock appreciation rights benefit employees?

  87. What is the difference between leverage and margin?

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

  89. Why do options with the same underlying stock and strike prices trade for different ...

  90. How do I receive sponsorship from a member firm in order to write a Series 7 exam?

  91. Is scalping a viable forex trading strategy?

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

  93. My company is the trustee of our 401k plan (which has 112 participants). What are ...

  94. What exactly is a company's float?

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

  96. What technical tools can I use to measure momentum?

  97. I want to buy a stock at $30, sell when it reaches $35, don't want to hang on to ...

  98. What are the disadvantages of using net present value as an investment criterion?

  99. What does "buy on the cannons, sell on the trumpets" mean?

  100. Does a strong trend (ADX > = 40) cause an increase in volatility?

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