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  1. Is technical analysis used only to analyze stocks?

  2. Can a stock have a negative price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio?

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

  4. What happens to the fines collected by the Securities and Exchange Commission?

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

  6. How are realized profits different from unrealized or so-called "paper" profits?

  7. Why would a stock that pays a large, consistent dividend have less price volatility ...

  8. How does the required rate of return affect the price of a stock, in terms of the ...

  9. How does leverage affect pip value?

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

  11. Are domestic and foreign subsidiaries included on a company's financial statements?

  12. Are ETFs subject to the short sale uptick rule?

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

  14. What is the difference between open-market and closed-market transactions?

  15. Does a strong trend (ADX > = 40) cause an increase in volatility?

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

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

  18. How do I calculate my gains and/or losses when I sell a stock?

  19. How should I estimate my income from fixed sources like bonds, CDs and stocks?

  20. I have a KSOP through my employer that I've invested 100% in company stock. I am ...

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

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

  23. Does investing in sustainable or "green" companies provide lower returns?

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

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

  26. What is the incentive to buy a stock without dividends?

  27. Where can I find a company's annual report and its SEC filings?

  28. How does somebody make money short selling?

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

  30. What are pro forma earnings?

  31. What are defensive stocks?

  32. Are ETFs required to pay out a percentage of income as dividends?

  33. How can my stock's price change after hours, and what effect does this have on investors? ...

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

  35. How do I find the CUSIP number for a particular stock?

  36. Where can I get bond market quotes?

  37. Can someone who is not yet of legal age open a brokerage account?

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

  39. If an employee is paid by commission, who is responsible for withholding taxes?

  40. What is fair capital?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  62. What is options backdating?

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

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

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

  66. What is foreclosure investing?

  67. What is meant by "full disclosure"?

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

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

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

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

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

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

  74. What is an earnings conference call?

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

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

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

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

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

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

  81. What is the difference between hedging and speculation?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  89. What is Black Monday?

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

  91. What is a margin account?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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