Investing FAQs

  1. Short Selling, or Selling Something You Don't Own

  2. Determining a Firm's Percentage of Credit Sales

  3. What Is a Blank-Check Company?

  4. How Can Trading Volume Exceed Shares Outstanding?

  5. Why Do a Reverse Merger Instead of an IPO?

  6. What Does the Diluted Share Price Reveal?

  7. How Can Institutional Holdings Be More Than 100%?

  8. Why Do Brokers Ask for Personal Information?

  9. How to Get a Company's Prospectus

  10. How do central banks inject money into the economy?

  11. What is the difference between Macaulay duration and modified duration?

  12. How do I calculate a discount rate over time, using Excel?

  13. How long will it take for a bond to reach its face value?

  14. What's the difference between bills, notes and bonds?

  15. What is the difference between yield to maturity and the coupon rate?

  16. Why do interest rates tend to have an inverse relationship with bond prices?

  17. What is a basis point (BPS)?

  18. Absolute P/E Ratio Vs. Relative P/E Ratio

  19. How Do Speculators Profit From Options?

  20. What is the difference between a debenture and a bond?

  21. Why Are Securities Held 'In Street Name'?

  22. Why Are P/E Ratios Higher When Inflation Is Low?

  23. How Does an Efficient Market Affect Investors?

  24. What are the main segments of the real estate sector?

  25. What Are the Components of a Risk Premium?

  26. Can FHA loans be used for investment property?

  27. When Does a Corporation Decide to Refinance Debt?

  28. Who are Target's (TGT) main competitors?

  29. What is real estate underwriting?

  30. Do Shareholders Get a Say in a Firm's Operation?

  31. What Was the First Company to Issue Stock?

  32. Who Benefits From Loaning Shares in a Short Sale?

  33. What is the difference between a lien and an encumbrance?

  34. How Oil Cos. Treat Reserves on a Balance Sheet

  35. How do I calculate how much home equity I have?

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

  37. Who are Ford's (F) main suppliers?

  38. Who are Toyota's (TM) main suppliers?

  39. Who are BMW's main suppliers?

  40. What's the difference between shares and stocks?

  41. What is a subprime mortgage?

  42. What are the costs and tax consequences for transferring my house title to my child?

  43. What is the formula for calculating the capital asset pricing model (CAPM) in Excel?

  44. What's a Typical Day for Someone in M&A?

  45. What Is an Odd-Lot Buyback?

  46. How is a company's share price determined?

  47. What is the difference between real estate and real property?

  48. What is the telecommunications sector?

  49. What is an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) in the automotive sector?

  50. What types of raw materials would be used by an auto manufacturer?

  51. If I reinvest my dividends, are they still taxable?

  52. How Does Facebook Make Money? (FB)

  53. What does asset management mean in regards to real estate?

  54. Can I buy a house directly from Fannie Mae (FNMA)?

  55. What is the goal of real estate wholesaling?

  56. Is Maximizing Stock Price Like Maximizing Profit?

  57. Do real estate agents need a degree?

  58. What do real estate attorneys do?

  59. How do you calculate R-squared in Excel?

  60. How do I calculate my portfolio's investment returns and performance?

  61. How do I calculate the expected return of my portfolio in Excel?

  62. What is an option's implied volatility and how is it calculated?

  63. Why can't I enter two sell orders on the same stock?

  64. How do I calculate my year-to-date (YTD) return on my portfolio?

  65. What are the Differences Among a Real Estate Agent, a Broker and a Realtor?

  66. What is the difference between passive and active portfolio management?

  67. What is a tranche?

  68. What do the phrases "sell to open", "buy to close", "buy to open" and "sell to close" mean?

  69. What is the difference between forward and futures contracts?

  70. What is the difference between a green field and a brown field investment?

  71. What is securitization?

  72. What is a derivative?

  73. How does Twitter (TWTR) make money?

  74. What is the history of the S&P 500?

  75. Which mutual funds made money in 2008?

  76. How do I find historical prices for stocks?

  77. What is the formula for calculating free cash flow?

  78. What is the formula for calculating EBITDA?

  79. What items are considered liquid assets?

  80. What is the formula for calculating profit margins?

  81. What is the difference between amortization and depreciation?

  82. What are the generally accepted accounting principles for inventory reserves?

  83. What happens to a company's stocks and bonds when it declares chapter 11 bankruptcy protection?

  84. Which is better a cash dividend or a stock dividend?

  85. How can the price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio mislead investors?

  86. What are the main differences between compound annual growth rate (CAGR) and internal rate of return (IRR)?

  87. What are the differences between gross profit and gross margin?

  88. How do I calculate the adjusted closing price for a stock?

  89. What is the difference between preference and ordinary shares?

  90. How does the price of oil affect the stock market?

  91. What are the differences between gross profit and net income?

  92. How do you calculate return on equity (ROE)?

  93. Who are Monsanto's main competitors?

  94. What are unregistered securities or stocks?

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

  96. What is the average annual return for the S&P 500?

  97. What are the differences between operating expenses and cost of goods sold (COGS)?

  98. How can I calculate capital employed from a company's balance sheet?

  99. What's the difference between a stop and a limit order?

  100. What is a good gearing ratio?

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