1. If a company moves its dividend record date forward, does the ex-dividend date change ...

    When a dividend is declared, there are three important dates for investors: the dividend payable date, the dividend date of record and the ex-dividend date.The dividend payable date is the date that the company will actually make the dividend payments that it has announced.
  2. Why are corporations so concerned about their stock price?

    When the share price of a company is high or increasing, generally corporations, or more specifically their management teams, are happy about it and there is good reason for it.First of all, the price of a company's shares is often used as an indication of the overall strength and health of a company.
  3. What does the Pension Protection Act of 2006 say about charitable contributions?

    According to the Pension Protection Act of 2006 (PPA), you can make a distribution from your IRA payable to a charity. A distribution to a charity is not taxable to the IRA owner if the charity satisfies the specifications as described under PPA and the distribution occurs after the IRA owner reaches ...
  4. Does a company's American depositary share equal one share of common stock?

    American depositary shares (ADS) come into play when a foreign company wants its shares to trade on a major American exchange. Securities laws prevent foreign corporations that have shares trading in a foreign market to directly list their shares on U.S.
  5. How can unethical executives use options backdating to evade taxes?

    The practice of options backdating has landed many companies into the hotseat. The SEC constantly investigates possible instances where high level executives have been issued options at a past point in time (or backdating) where the underlying stock's price was at a low.This way the executive would be ...
  6. What possible past activities will prevent me from becoming a Registered Representative?

    There are several events that could either prevent a person from becoming a Registered Representative, or that will result in the loss of membership or registration. According to the NASD, you could be subject to a "statutory disqualification" under the Exchange Act if you: (Note: the following items ...
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  8. Do I need to be a U.S. citizen to sit for any NASD examinations?

    No. The National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) does not require a candidate to be a U.S. citizen to sit for an exam. The NASD offers their exams at many test centers internationally. Click Here to book an exam, find a testing center location, or review the NASD's policies and procedures.
  9. How do I file taxes for income from foreign sources?

    If you are a U.S. citizen or resident alien, your income (except for amounts exempt under federal law), including that which is earned outside the U.S., is usually subject to U.S. income tax.This includes earned income and unearned income, such as: Wages and tips Interest Dividends ...
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  11. I am interested in pursing the CFA charter, but I do not have a degree in business ...

    The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program is by no means an introduction to the world of investment. CFA Institute (formerly AIMR) describes the CFA program as being supplementary to any finance-related education and investment experience already completed by an investment professional.
  12. I lost my share certificate. Do I still own the stock?

    Regardless of whether a shareholder loses his or her stock certificate, that person still owns the shares. However, in order to replace the physical certificate, the shareholder must contact the company's stock transfer agent. The corporation should be able to provide the shareholder with information ...
  13. A company I recently looked up showed institutional holdings of more than 100%. How ...

    It is obviously not technically possible for any shareholder or category of shareholder to hold more than 100% of a company's outstanding shares. Therefore, when you see investment information websites reporting institutional holdings exceeding the 100% mark, something is wrong with the data.
  14. At what point in the ordering process does a broker charge commission?

    When placing a market order for a security through a broker, there will be a commission accompanying the service. The fee charged can vary depending on whether the order is filled, canceled, modified or it expires.In most situations, when an investor places a market order that goes unfilled, that investor ...
  15. I failed the Series 7 exam. How long must I wait before I can take it again?

    If you fail your first attempt at the Series 7 exam, your sponsor can submit an amendment to reopen a window in which you can write the exam again. This window will not open until 30 days since your last exam attempt has transpired. At this point, your window will be open for 90 days.
  16. What is the best way to budget for holiday and special event spending?

    Even though holidays and special events arrive sporadically throughout the year, you can still fight the costs associated with these events using a little foresight and some digging into past spending patterns - and, this is where your budget comes in to save the day.
  17. Can I roll my SEP IRA into a Traditional IRA or should I convert to a Roth?

    Technically, the SEP IRA and the Traditional IRA are the same type of account. The only difference is that the SEP IRA is allowed to receive employer contributions. Therefore, you can combine the SEP IRA into the Traditional IRA without any ramifications.
  18. What types of accounts are available for forex trading?

    There are many different types of forex accounts available to the retail forex trader. Demo accounts are offered by forex brokers as a way to introduce traders to their software and execution methods. After the trader has tried out demo accounts with a few different dealers, a funded trading account ...
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  20. How do interest rate changes implemented by the Fed affect the stock market?

    The actions of the Federal Reserve are closely followed by the investment community. Scores of analysts work to interpret the statements issued by the Fed and also attempt to predict any changes to interest rates that the Fed might undertake.Because of the effect of these expectations, there can be no ...
  21. What is Black Monday?

    Monday October 19,1987, is known as Black Monday. On that day, stockbrokers in New York, London, Hong Kong, Berlin, Tokyo and just about any other city with an exchange stared at the figures running across their displays with a growing sense of dread.
  22. What is term insurance?

    Term insurance is a type of life insurance policy that provides coverage for a certain period of time, or a specified "term" of years. If the insured dies during the time period specified in the policy and the policy is active - or in force - then a death benefit will be paid.
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  25. Can a company declare a dividend that exceeds its earnings per share?

    Yes, it can. In fact, many well-known Fortune 500 companies have paid dividends in years where they posted negative earnings per share! When it comes to declaring and paying dividends, current earnings per share has nothing directly to do with whether a company is able to pay a dividend.
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    Free File is a way for taxpayers to prepare and file their federal taxes online for free. The service is available to individuals with adjusted gross incomes below a certain level - $56,000 in 2008. Firms that offer the service are part of the Free File Alliance, in partnership with the Internal Revenue ...
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