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  1. Why would a company do a reverse merger instead of an IPO?

  2. What is financial double-dipping?

  3. Why is Frank Quattrone credited with contributing to the growth of the dotcom bubble?

  4. The "effective date" is defined as:

  5. Where can I find all of the stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial Average?

  6. What is the difference between return on equity and return on capital?

  7. According to the U.S., prohibited conduct of an investment advisor is defined as:

  8. Why is a "hockey stick bid" considered fraudulent?

  9. What currency is affected by the interest rate decisions of the Bank of England (BoE)? ...

  10. How did Peter Young gain infamy as a "rogue trader"?

  11. A customer has the following in his long margin account. Market value: $18,000, ...

  12. What is leakage?

  13. How do sunshine laws help investors?

  14. What is the salad oil scandal?

  15. What is a Chinese hedge?

  16. How did Joseph Jett cause Kidder, Peabody & Co. to lose over $350 million?

  17. What are the penalties for withdrawing from my Traditional IRA less than a year after ...

  18. What business processes were used to establish the Chevrolet motor company?

  19. How did derivatives trader Nick Leeson contribute to the fall of Barings Bank?

  20. How did currency trader John Rusnak hide $691 million in losses before being caught ...

  21. What is the doctor advisory scam?

  22. Your client has a net short-term gain of $3,000 and a net long-term loss of $8,0 ...

  23. What's the difference between a mutual fund and a hedge fund?

  24. When you buy a stock in a company, does it necessarily mean that one of the shareholders ...

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

  26. Is it important to check the professional history of my investment advisor?

  27. Where does the money I have invested in a company go when the stock price decreases?

  28. What does it mean to use technical divergence in trading?

  29. Is there such a thing as a nano cap or micro cap index?

  30. What investments are available to someone with no earned income?

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

  32. What does the law say about non-U.S. citizens buying stocks of U.S. companies? Are ...

  33. What's the difference between short-term investments in marketable securities and ...

  34. Do traders, market makers, specialists or others ever deliberately drive a stock's ...

  35. Since stockholders are entitled to a company's assets and earnings, can a stockholder ...

  36. I want to try short selling, but how can I sell something that I don't own?

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

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

  39. What is options backdating?

  40. Why are the bid and ask quotes usually so far away from each other in after-hours ...

  41. Why do people say that September is the worst month for investing?

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

  43. What is foreclosure investing?

  44. What is meant by "full disclosure"?

  45. When is a dividend payment recognized in the shareholders equity portion of the balance ...

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

  47. Where can I find historical stock/index quotes?

  48. What exactly is a portfolio? Is it something I can carry around?

  49. If I am American, can I buy a foreign mutual fund?

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

  51. What is an earnings conference call?

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

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

  54. If one of your stocks splits, doesn't that make it a better investment? If one of ...

  55. How do I calculate how much I've gained or lost on a stock holding?

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

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

  58. What is the difference between hedging and speculation?

  59. Why would my stock's value decline despite good news being released?

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

  61. Is it possible to lose all of your investment in an index fund?

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

  63. Does a company's American depositary share equal one share of common stock?

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

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

  66. What is Black Monday?

  67. Can a company declare a dividend that exceeds its earnings per share?

  68. What is a margin account?

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

  70. How rapidly can expanding sales reduce a firm's earnings?

  71. What is the difference between a global fund and an international fund?

  72. If I own stock that drops in price is this a sign that I should buy more?

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

  74. Is it possible for a company to have a positive cash flow and a negative net income?

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

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

  77. Stocks with high P/E ratios can be overpriced. Is a stock with a lower P/E always ...

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

  79. What is a staggered board?

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

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

  82. Is an earnings surprise priced into the opening value by market makers or does the ...

  83. Which is better for tax deductions, itemization or a standard deduction?

  84. What is securitization?

  85. What are managed futures?

  86. How did George Soros "break the Bank of England"?

  87. Where can I find a list of all of the stocks in the S&P 500?

  88. What does negative shareholder equity on a balance sheet mean?

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

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

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

  92. What's the difference between pre-money and post-money?

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

  94. What is the 'Rule of 72'?

  95. Is a company allowed to reduce its dividends?

  96. What is a boiler room operation?

  97. Why would a person choose a mutual fund over an individual stock?

  98. How do stock splits affect short sellers?

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

  100. What technical tools can I use to measure momentum?

  101. What is dilutive stock?

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