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

    You would think that two options with the same underlying stock and strike prices would trade at the same price, but interestingly enough, they most often trade at different prices.For example, as of November 20, 2006, Bank of America had a call option with a strike price of $50 that was set to expire ...
  2. Do I have to complete all exams within a certain period of time to receive the CFA ...

    According to the CFA Institute, a candidate can take as much time as necessary to complete all three levels of the CFA program.Therefore, if you passed the June 2004 CFA Level I examination, you could take the CFA Level II examination in June 2009 (rather than June 2005) and the CFA Level III examination ...
  3. Why does a crisis in emerging markets cause U.S. Treasury yields to decrease?

    The reason that you will often see the yields on Treasuries fall when you see a financial crisis in an emerging or foreign market is due to what is known as a flight to quality. A flight to quality occurs when market participants move their money from higher risk, or lower quality, investments to lower ...
  4. What are some commonly missed deductions for business owners?

    If you own a business, you are eligible to deduct certain business-related expenses. These include deductions for the following: Home office: If you use a part of your home regularly and exclusively for business purposes, you may be able to deduct a part of the operating expenses and depreciation ...
  5. Can I still set up an SEP if one of my employees refuses to participate?

    You can establish the SEP IRA, even if the employee refuses to participant. However, you would need to establish an IRA for the employee, assuming he or she is eligible, and deposit his or her contribution to the account. You would first need to check with the financial institution to determine whether ...
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    These unique investments provide significant tax advantages.
  7. What personal items am I allowed to bring with me into the CFA exam testing room?

    Aside from the required examination admission ticket and current government-issued photo ID; HB pencils, pens (blue or black ink only), and your HP-12C and or TI BAII calculator(s) (included case(s)) must be placed on top of your desk at all times. In addition, the CFA Institute permits the following ...
  8. My job with a member firm has recently been terminated and I do not want to write ...

    The National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) states that if you become employed with another member firm within two years, your licenses will not expire. However, there are a few important points to consider.The NASD states that your employment at a member firm allows you to maintain registration ...
  9. Why doesn't the price of a callable bond exceed its call price when interest rates ...

    A callable bond provides the issuer (borrowing entity) with an option to redeem the bond before its original maturity date. The ability to call a bond gives the issuer a way to respond to falling interest rates, a circumstance that allows the issuer to refinance this debt at a lower rate of interest.
  10. Is there a limit to how many stocks and/or bonds an interested investor can buy? ...

    Assuming the question primarily relates to the issuers of stocks and bonds, the simple answer is no. There are no regulatory limitations for investors regarding the dollar amount, number of securities, or the number of issuers for stocks and bonds. However, there are obviously practical limitations of ...
  11. Am I qualified once I complete my FINRA certification exam?

    Even if you have completed your Financial Industry Regulatory Authority or FINRA (previously the National Association of Securities Dealers or the NASD) qualification exam--such as the Series 6, 7 or 63--you are not yet qualified to operate. Before the state will grant your license, other requirements ...
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  13. What is a liquidity squeeze?

    A liquidity squeeze occurs when a financial event sparks concerns among financial institutions (such as banks) regarding the short-term availability of money. These concerns may cause banks to be more reluctant to lend out money within the interbank market.
  14. What is Black Friday?

    Black Friday is a popular label attached to the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the US. This day marks the beginning of the busy shopping season during which most consumers typically start their Christmas/holiday shopping. While the word "black" often has a negative connotation, the use of black ...
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  16. When is earnings season?

    Earnings season is the period of time during which a large number of publicly traded companies release their quarterly earning reports. In general, each earnings season begins one or two weeks after the last month of each quarter (December, March, June and September).
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  18. How can I find out if a company I like is included in an index?

    There are a few ways to find out what indexes a company is involved in, and investors should take note of them when they are building their portfolios. Knowing what indexes a company's stock is a part of can be very important part of predicting future movement.
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  20. How long does it take for a merger to go through?

    Corporate mergers and acquisitions can vary considerably in the time they take to be completed. There are a number of individual steps that need to be successfully completed by two public companies before they are legally combined into a single entity in what is called a merger of equals.The entire ...
  21. I have several CDs in my IRA with different maturities. Can I roll them over to another ...

    The limitation on rollovers applies on a per IRA basis. In general, if an IRA is involved in an IRA-to-IRA rollover, it cannot be involved in another IRA-to-IRA rollover within the next 12-month period. However, this does not prevent the IRA from being moved to another IRA as a trustee-to-trustee transfer.
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  23. What is a rainmaker?

    A rainmaker is any person who brings clients, money, or respect to an organization based solely on his or her association. Traditionally, the term "rainmaker" applied to members of the legal profession, like attorneys-turned-politicians who retired from public life (forcibly or otherwise) and went on ...
  24. Will credit card inactivity affect my credit score?

    Whether your credit score will be affected by inactivity depends on how you define "inactivity". Your credit report does not include information on frequency of credit card use in any given month. However, your credit report does include current balance, credit limit and whether you've made payments ...
  25. How do investors "chase the market"? It this a bad thing?

    Generally, an investor "chases the market" when he or she enters into a highly priced position after the stock price has increased rapidly or become overpriced. An investor who exits a position after the security has lost considerable value also is said to be chasing the market.
  26. What is reinsurance?

    Reinsurance occurs when multiple insurance companies share risk by purchasing insurance policies from other insurers to limit the total loss the original insurer would experience in case of disaster. By spreading risk, an individual insurance company can take on clients whose coverage would be too great ...
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