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  1. What is an Islamic investment policy?

  2. What is the difference between a collateralized mortgage obligation (CMO) and a collateralized ...

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

  4. How long does it take for a merger to go through?

  5. What is a "daisy chain"?

  6. How is something "brought over the wall" in an investment bank?

  7. What's the difference between "top-down" and "bottom-up" investing?

  8. Can you short sell ETFs?

  9. Where did the bull and bear market get their names?

  10. What is a wrap account and what are the advantages of using one?

  11. What is a penny stock?

  12. Can you short sell stocks that are trading below $5? My broker says that I can't.

  13. What is the best way to measure the total market?

  14. Why do accountants use debits and credits instead of simple pluses and minuses? Why ...

  15. How does a pump and dump scam work?

  16. What is the ideal number of stocks to have in a portfolio?

  17. Why are some shares priced in the hundreds or thousands of dollars, while other just ...

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

  19. What causes a significant move in the stock market?

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

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

  22. What are the determinants of a stock's bid-ask spread?

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

  24. Do all international markets trade between 9:30am and 4pm local time?

  25. Where can I find the number of shares shorted on a specific stock?

  26. What are the fifth-letter identifiers on the Nasdaq?

  27. Is it possible to buy mutual funds using a margin account?

  28. What are managed futures?

  29. How can I prevent commissions and fees from eating up my trading profits?

  30. What is a "dog and pony" show?

  31. What are the "big uglies"?

  32. What exactly is insider trading?

  33. What's the difference between publicly- and privately-held companies?

  34. What's the difference between a Nasdaq market maker and a NYSE specialist?

  35. Are my investments insured?

  36. I will be receiving monies from a QDRO executed pursuant to my divorce. I would like ...

  37. What is a treasury stock?

  38. What is a pure play?

  39. Why did the New York Stock Exchange report prices in fractions before it switched ...

  40. What's the difference between old- and new-economy stocks?

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

  42. I have only $500 to invest, am I limited to buying only penny stocks?

  43. I live in the U.S. How can I trade stocks in China and India?

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

  45. How are foreign exchange rates affected by commodity price fluctuations?

  46. What are reverse stock splits?

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

  48. What are the three phases of a completed initial public offering (IPO) transformation ...

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

  50. What is authorized stock?

  51. What happens when a circuit breaker is put into effect?

  52. How do you determine a company's percentage of credit sales?

  53. What is securitization?

  54. Where can I find information on different companies so that I won't have to read ...

  55. What is a typical day in the life of someone in M&A? How long does a project last? ...

  56. How does pyramiding work?

  57. What is earnings management?

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

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

  60. Why do companies report earnings at different times?

  61. Please explain what a short seller is on the hook for when he or she shorts a stock ...

  62. What does it mean when someone says that a stock went up X points? Does this refer ...

  63. What is a boiler room operation?

  64. Is technical analysis used only to analyze stocks?

  65. If I short sell $5,000 worth of stock and the stock becomes worthless, I have made ...

  66. Can technical analysis be called a self-fulfilling prophecy?

  67. What's the difference between net present value and internal rate of return? How ...

  68. If I sell my shares before the ex-dividend date will I still get the dividend?

  69. What does it mean when the shares in my account have been liquidated?

  70. What are the risks of having both high operating leverage and high financial leverage?

  71. How do businesses decide whether to do FDI via green field investments or acquisitions?

  72. Who sets the price of commodities?

  73. What is a GTEM order?

  74. Who or what are the turtles?

  75. What is fair capital?

  76. Are mortgage-backed securities backed by any guarantees?

  77. Is there such a thing as a foolproof stock-picking strategy?

  78. What causes a recession?

  79. What are the differences between chapter 7 and chapter 11 bankruptcy?

  80. What's the difference between bottom-line and top-line growth?

  81. What's the difference between a load and no-load mutual fund?

  82. How does somebody make money short selling?

  83. What's the smallest number of shares of stock that I can buy?

  84. What are unrealized gains and losses?

  85. When must a company announce earnings?

  86. What is a tranche?

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

  88. What is the difference between investment banks and merchant banks?

  89. Is it true that you can sell your home and not pay capital gains tax?

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

  91. How does a stop-loss order work, and what price is used to trigger the order?

  92. Does a stock dividend dilute the price per share as would a forward stock split?

  93. Can a corporation deduct dividend payments to shareholders before taxes are calculated?

  94. How do I buy an over-the-counter stock?

  95. What does "squeezing the shorts" mean?

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

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

  98. Can an open-ended fund's price appreciate significantly?

  99. How does a credit crunch occur?

  100. How can I find out if a company I like is included in an index?

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