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Investing-Basics

  1. What happens to the voting rights on shares when the shares are used in a short sale transaction?

  2. When short selling a stock, how long does a short seller have before covering?

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

  4. How do I figure out my cost basis on a stock investment?

  5. What's the difference between short-term investments in marketable securities and equity?

  6. Do traders, market makers, specialists or others ever deliberately drive a stock's price down to "shake out" the last sellers?

  7. Why are big foreign companies considering delisting their American depositary receipts?

  8. In M&A how does an all-stock or all-cash deal affect the equity of the buying company?

  9. Is maximizing stock price the same thing as maximizing profit?

  10. What should I use as a benchmark for my small-cap stock portfolio?

  11. When looking at my online broker account, I see an account value, cash value and purchase power number. How are these calculated?

  12. How does a stock split affect cash dividends?

  13. Can you place a stop-loss order on a mutual fund?

  14. At what point in the ordering process does a broker charge commission?

  15. What is a rainmaker?

  16. What is the Pac-Man defense?

  17. What happens to the stock prices of two companies involved in an acquisition?

  18. Are long-term U.S. government bonds risk-free?

  19. What does a cut in interest rates mean for the stock market?

  20. How does FINRA differ from the SEC?

  21. What is the difference between a blend fund and a balanced fund?

  22. What is the 'Rule of 72'?

  23. Is it possible to short sell a bond?

  24. Do hedge funds and mutual funds invest in commodities in high inflation environments?

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

  26. Why does my broker allow me to enter only day orders for short selling?

  27. What does it mean when financial news reports say that more issues were sold than bought?

  28. What is the difference between a merger and a takeover?

  29. Who are the key players in the bond market?

  30. What parties are involved in the creation of an American depositary receipt?

  31. What risks do organizations face when engaging in international finance activities?

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

  33. What is the history behind the opening and closing bells on the NYSE?

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

  35. How can I use market breadth to my advantage?

  36. I lost my share certificate. Do I still own the stock?

  37. How is margin interest calculated?

  38. What does "cutting a melon" mean?

  39. What is the "Nifty 50"?

  40. What does it mean to be "above water"?

  41. What is the chaos theory?

  42. What does it mean when a stock trades on the Pink Sheets or the OTCBB?

  43. When you buy a stock in a company, does it necessarily mean that one of the shareholders is selling it to you?

  44. What is the difference between fundamental and technical analysis?

  45. I'm new to this. Can I sell or buy stock by myself?

  46. What does "buy and hold" mean?

  47. What is a CUSIP number?

  48. Can preferred stocks be traded like common stocks? Are their prices the same?

  49. Which option is better on a mutual fund: a growth option or a dividend reinvestment option?

  50. How do stock splits affect short sellers?

  51. What is the cheapest, fastest way to research, buy and trade stock?

  52. What is the difference between a company's book value per share and its intrinsic value per share?

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

  54. How long does a stock that has done a reverse split keep the letter "D" at the end of its symbol?

  55. What is a stock-for-stock merger and how does this corporate action affect existing shareholders?

  56. What happens to the stock of a public company that goes bankrupt?

  57. What methods can be used to fund a forex account?

  58. Where do companies keep their cash?

  59. What is options backdating?

  60. Where do investors tend to put their money in a bear market?

  61. Why do share prices fall after a company has a secondary offering?

  62. What is a trailing commission?

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

  64. What should I consider when I select an executor for my will?

  65. Why should investors pick less risky investments as they approach retirement?

  66. How do investors "chase the market"? It this a bad thing?

  67. What is a margin account?

  68. What's the difference between the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500?

  69. Why would a stock have no par value?

  70. What is the difference between the Dow and the Nasdaq?

  71. How do I find historical prices for stocks?

  72. What is the "percentage off the 52-week high or low"? How is this calculated?

  73. What are defensive stocks?

  74. How do I take qualitative factors into consideration when using fundamental analysis?

  75. How can you lose more money than you invest shorting a stock? If you have no money left in your account, how do you pay it back?

  76. Does a stock split lead to the gapping up/down of the stock?

  77. Can investment real estate be purchased within an IRA and, if so, are there any pitfalls?

  78. What will happen to my U.S.-based stock portfolio if the U.S. dollar substantially decreases in value?

  79. Does issuing preferred shares offer a tax advantage for corporations?

  80. Which is the best index to use to study the possible future price action of a given small-cap stock?

  81. How does the required rate of return affect the price of a stock, in terms of the Gordon growth model?

  82. What is the difference between principles-based accounting and rules-based accounting?

  83. When should a company recognize revenues on its books?

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

  85. How does the ISIN numbering system work?

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

  87. My family owns an old railroad bond from 1938. Is there any way to find out whether this still has any value?

  88. What is a liquidity squeeze?

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

  90. How do proxy fights work?

  91. What is a blank-check company?

  92. What is dead money?

  93. How do companies use the Pac-Man defense?

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

  95. Can you short sell ETFs?

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

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

  98. What is a penny stock?

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

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

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