Active Trading FAQs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  9. Is technical analysis used only to analyze stocks?

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

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

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

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

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

  15. How does the ISIN numbering system work?

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

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

  18. How are stock warrants different from stock options?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  42. How do I calculate forex pivot points?

  43. What is variable life insurance?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  51. How is a put option exercised?

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

  53. What is relative strength?

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

  55. Who or what are the turtles?

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

  57. How does pyramiding work?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  72. What is a Bermuda swaption?

  73. How does somebody make money short selling?

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

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

  76. How can I hedge against rising diesel prices?

  77. What is dilutive stock?

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

  79. How does leverage work in the forex market?

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

  81. What is a GTEM order?

  82. What do the different colored candlesticks mean?

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

  84. What are elves?

  85. What's the difference between a golden handshake and a golden parachute?

  86. What is the homo economicus?

  87. What does it mean to book the basis?

  88. How do I "vest" something?

  89. Which statements about fill-or-kill orders are FALSE?

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