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

    As a quick recap, American-style options are options that can be exercised at the strike price anytime before or on the date of expiration. European-style options, on the other hand, are options that can only be exercised at the time of expiration.All other things being equal, American-style stock options ...
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  3. How can I sell private company stock?

    In some instances, both private and public companies may issue shares to their own employees as part of a compensation program. This action is designed to motivate employees by tying a portion of their earnings to the company's earnings. In some cases, people may eventually want to sell their shares.
  4. What does the diluted share price reveal about a company's financial strength?

    When a corporation releases its financial information, there are a few different variations used when reporting total earnings. These variations are: total dollar amounts, earnings as a percent of total revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and diluted EPS.
  5. What is property, plant and equipment, and what does it mean?

    Property, plant and equipment (PP&E) is a term that describes an account on the balance sheet. The PP&E account is a summation of all a company's purchases of property, manufacturing plants and pieces of equipment to that point in time, less any amortization.
  6. What is political risk and what can a multinational company do to minimize exposure?

    For multinational companies, political risk refers to the risk that a host country will make political decisions that will prove to have adverse effects on the multinational's profits and/or goals. Adverse political actions can range from very detrimental, such as widespread destruction due to revolution, ...
  7. What is the best time of the day to trade?

    Unlike traditional investing, trading, or day trading, has a very short-term focus. Analysis may be broken down to days, hours and even minutes. Because day trading focuses on such short time frames, the time of day in which a trade is made can be an important factor to consider.First thing in the morning, ...
  8. How do businesses decide whether to do FDI via green field investments or acquisitions?

    When businesses decide to expand their operations to another country, one of the more important dilemmas they can face is whether it is most beneficial to have the business take matters into its own hands and create a fresh new site of operations in the foreign country via a green field investment, or ...
  9. Do all international markets trade between 9:30am and 4pm local time?

    The New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq both trade between 9:30am and 4pm Eastern Time. All major stock exchanges trade at roughly the same local times in each of their respective countries.The other major exchanges in North America are the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) in Canada, and Bolsa Mexicana De ...
  10. What does CHIPS UID mean?

    CHIPS UID stands for Clearing House Interbank Payments System Universal Identifier. This is just a fancy name for an electronic clearinghouse database system, which facilitates the transfer of funds from both individual consumers and institutions. It is the back end of the automated clearing house (ACH) ...
  11. Where can I find the number of shares shorted on a specific stock?

    For general shorting information such as the short interest ratio, you can usually go to any website that features a stock quotes service. For example, you can find this information on the Yahoo Finance website in Key Statistics under Share Statistics.If you are interested in acquiring more detailed ...
  12. On what days are the American stock exchanges closed?

    Similar to most businesses, the major stock markets in North America are open for trading on normal business days only (Monday to Friday, not on holidays). In terms of holidays, both the NYSE and the Nasdaq have very similar schedules to that of the federal government's holiday schedule with a few exceptions:-Neither ...
  13. Why would a company make drastic cuts to its dividend payments?

    A dividend cut occurs when a dividend paying company either completely stops paying out dividends (a worst-case scenario) or reduces the amount it pays out. This will often lead to a sharp decline in the company's stock price, because this is usually a sign of a company's weakening financial position, ...
  14. How can I make sure I'm ready to file my taxes?

    Whether you file your return yourself, or have it done by a tax professional, you want to make sure you include all your deductible expenses and income on your return. Failure to do so may result in you having to pay more taxes than you should, or file an amended tax return, which means additional associated ...
  15. I'm 70.5 and still working for my own company. Can I defer starting my required minimum ...

    The option to defer starting your required minimum distribution (RMD) beyond age 70.5 is available only if the individual is not a 5% owner of the business. Five percent owners must begin RMDs by April 1 of the year following the year they reach age 70.5.
  16. How can I easily get ready for next year's tax season?

    You may one of the lucky ones to come out on top this tax season, but as you will likely agree, it does not mean that you should rest on your laurels. Instead, use the experience gained during this tax season as a guide for the things that you can do better for next tax season.
  17. What type of work experience can count towards the work experience required in order ...

    CFA Institute provides a list of job titles that qualify for the work experience an individual must gain to be awarded with the CFA charter; click here for the list. However, be warned that a job title alone is not sufficient. You must have spent at least 40% of your time utilizing financial data or ...
  18. Why do share prices fall after a company has a secondary offering?

    The best way to answer this question is to provide a simple illustration of what happens when a company increases the number of shares issued, or shares outstanding, through a secondary offering. Let's start from the beginning. A company goes public with an initial public offering (IPO) of stock.
  19. What education is required from me to write the Series 7 examination?

    There are no prerequisite educational requirements for the Series 7 exam. However, keep in mind that you must be sponsored by your employer in order to write the exam. Should you not already be employed at a member firm willing to sponsor you for an exam, you may find in your job search that many companies ...
  20. How do I find a testing facility in my area?

    Most internationally recognized certifications, such as the CFA®, have testing locations around the world. The following is a guideline for how to find listings of locations for each type of exam: CFA Program: Exams are held in both June and December for level I, and June only for levels ...
  21. Which popular professional certification exams do not require sponsorship?

    The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) administers several professional certification examinations that do not require sponsorship; these include the series 3, 30, 31, 32, 33, 63 and 65 exams. In order to apply you must file Form U-10.The Certified Financial Planner (CFP) exam, administered ...
  22. Are mortgage-backed securities backed by any guarantees?

    Actually, any mortgage-backed security (MBS) guarantee depends on who issued it.To review, an MBS is a security, created through the process of securitization, in which the underlying assets are loans made to individuals and companies who are using the funds to purchase buildings and homes.
  23. What is the difference between bad credit and no credit?

    The answer to this question will depend on what information (if any) is found on your credit report, such as any bankruptcy proceedings. If your credit is considered poor, then it could take a long time to rebuild your credit rating. If you have no credit because you've never taken out a loan and have ...
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  25. What are the oldest mutual funds, by date of inception?

    Mutual funds were first introduced in the United States by MFS Investment Management in 1924. Although not public until 1928, the MFS Massachusetts Investors Fund provided a way for select investors to pool their money together. The idea behind creating this investment was to allow a group of small investors ...
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  27. I just opened an IRA. What can I do to help my money grow?

    For individuals who are just starting to save, certificates of deposit can be a good place to start, but the interest rates are usually low.You may want to speak with the investment advisor at your bank about the investment options available to you. The investment advisor may recommend investment options ...
  28. One of my stocks missed the deadline to file its quarterly financial statements. ...

    The date and time that a company releases its earnings is very important because investors looking to buy or sell the particular security are counting on the information to help make a decision. When the earnings are released, the price of the security is almost always affected if it differs from the ...
  29. How does the American Housing Rescue and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2008 affect ...

    The passage of the American Housing Rescue and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2008 at the end of July 2008 made about $15 billion of tax incentives available to Americans impacted by the mortgage crisis. (See our feature Subprime Mortgages for more on the subprime meltdown.)The largest implication of ...
  30. What's the best kind of IRA for a 20-something?

    There probably is no 100% correct answer here, but let's break it down. Suppose that you are 23, you've been working for a couple of years and are now earning $50,000 per year. For 2008, you can contribute up to $5,000 to an IRA (Traditional, Roth or a combination of both).
  31. What are elves?

    Elves are used to describe the technical analysts that are guests of the PBS show Wall Street Week. The job of these technical analysts is to try to tell the viewers their predictions and trends of the stock market. The elves index was the index Wall Street Week used to predict stock market trends.
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    The "Gnomes of Zurich" is a euphemism for Swiss bankers. The name is meant as an insult because gnomes, most often found in fairy tales and legends, traditionally are regarded as secretive and greedy. And, Zurich - Switzerland's financial hub - is home to a high number of Swiss banks, which have been ...
  35. What is dead money?

    Dead money is a common term used on Wall Street to describe money that does not earn a return for an investor. It could be money stashed in a mattress, non-interest yielding checking account or a security that does not yield returns. Any money or investment that does not grow or yield gains for the investor ...
  36. What are the "big uglies"?

    The big uglies are stocks that the investing public does not find attractive. Industrial companies like steel, mining and oil are considered big uglies because investors favor the more contemporary investment opportunities, like those in the technology sector.
  37. Can I return funds to my Traditional IRA after taking a distribution?

    If you take a distribution from your Traditional IRA, you can roll over the amount to the same Traditional IRA or another Traditional IRA, provided the following requirements are met: The rollover is completed within 60 days of receiving the distribution.
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