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Subject: The Investment FAQ (part 1 of 20)

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Archive-name: investment-faq/general/part1 Version: $Id: part01,v 1.62 2005/01/05 12:40:47 lott Exp lott $ Compiler: Christopher Lott
This is the table of contents for the plain-text version of The Investment FAQ, and is the first part of a 20-part posting. Please visit The Investment FAQ web site for the latest version: http://invest-faq.com/ The Investment FAQ is a collection of articles about investments and personal finance, including stocks, bonds, mutual funds, options, discount brokers, information sources, life insurance, etc. Although the FAQ is more of a reference than a tutorial, if you pick your articles carefully, the FAQ can serve as a comprehensive, unbiased introduction to investing. Terms of Use The following terms and conditions apply to the plain-text version of The Investment FAQ that is posted regularly to various newsgroups. Different terms and conditions apply to documents on The Investment FAQ web site. The Investment FAQ is copyright 2005 by Christopher Lott, and is protected by copyright as a collective work and/or compilation, pursuant to U.S. copyright laws, international conventions, and other copyright laws. The contents of The Investment FAQ are intended for personal use, not for sale or other commercial redistribution. The plain-text version of The Investment FAQ may be copied, stored, made available on web sites, or distributed on electronic media provided the following conditions are met: + The URL of The Investment FAQ home page is displayed prominently. + No fees or compensation are charged for this information, excluding charges for the media used to distribute it. + No advertisements appear on the same web page as this material. + Proper attribution is given to the authors of individual articles. + This copyright notice is included intact. 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Please send comments and new submissions to the compiler. --------------------Check http://invest-faq.com/ for updates------------------ TABLE OF CONTENTS Advice - Beginning Investors part 2 Advice - Buying a Car at a Reasonable Price part 2 Advice - Errors in Investing part 2 Advice - Using a Full-Service Broker part 2 Advice - Mutual-Fund Expenses part 2 Advice - One-Line Wisdom part 2 Advice - Paying for Investment Advice part 2 Advice - Researching a Company part 2 Advice - Target Stock Prices part 2 Analysis - Amortization Tables part 2 Analysis - Annual Reports part 2 Analysis - Beta and Alpha part 2 Analysis - Book-to-Bill Ratio part 2 Analysis - Book Value part 2 Analysis - Computing Compound Return part 2 Analysis - Future and Present Value of Money part 2 Analysis - Goodwill part 2 Analysis - Internal Rate of Return (IRR) part 3 Analysis - Paying Debts Early versus Making Investments part 3 Analysis - Price-Earnings (P/E) Ratio part 3 Analysis - Percentage Rates part 3 Analysis - Risks of Investments part 3 Analysis - Return on Equity versus Return on Capital part 3 Analysis - Rule of 72 part 3 Analysis - Same-Store Sales part 3 Bonds - Basics part 3 Bonds - Amortizing Premium part 3 Bonds - Duration Measure part 3 Bonds - Moody Bond Ratings part 3 Bonds - Municipal Bond Terminology part 4 Bonds - Relationship of Price and Interest Rate part 4 Bonds - Tranches part 4 Bonds - Treasury Debt Instruments part 4 Bonds - Treasury Direct part 4 Bonds - U.S. Savings Bonds part 4 Bonds - U.S. Savings Bonds for Education part 4 Bonds - Value of U.S. Treasury Bills part 4 Bonds - Zero-Coupon part 4 CDs - Basics part 4 CDs - Market Index Linked part 4 Derivatives - Basics part 4 Derivatives - Black-Scholes Option Pricing Model part 5 Derivatives - Futures part 5 Derivatives - Futures and Fair Value part 5 Derivatives - Stock Option Basics part 5 Derivatives - Stock Option Covered Calls part 5 Derivatives - Stock Option Covered Puts part 5 Derivatives - Stock Option Ordering part 5 Derivatives - Stock Option Splits part 5 Derivatives - Stock Option Symbols part 5 Derivatives - LEAPs part 5 Education Savings Plans - Section 529 Plans part 5 Education Savings Plans - Coverdell part 5 Exchanges - The American Stock Exchange part 5 Exchanges - The Chicago Board Options Exchange part 5 Exchanges - Circuit Breakers, Curbs, and Other Trading part 6 Exchanges - Contact Information part 6 Exchanges - Instinet part 6 Exchanges - Market Makers and Specialists part 6 Exchanges - The NASDAQ part 6 Exchanges - The New York Stock Exchange part 6 Exchanges - Members and Seats on AMEX part 6 Exchanges - Ticker Tape Terminology part 6 Financial Planning - Basics part 6 Financial Planning - Choosing a Financial Planner part 6 Financial Planning - Compensation and Conflicts of Interest part 6 Financial Planning - Estate Planning Checkup part 6 Information Sources - Books part 7 Information Sources - Conference Calls part 7 Information Sources - Free to All Who Ask part 7 Information Sources - Investment Associations part 7 Information Sources - Value Line part 7 Information Sources - Wall $treet Week part 7 Insurance - Annuities part 8 Insurance - Life part 8 Insurance - Viatical Settlements part 8 Insurance - Variable Universal Life (VUL) part 8 Mutual Funds - Basics part 8 Mutual Funds - Average Annual Return part 8 Mutual Funds - Buying from Brokers versus Fund Companies part 8 Mutual Funds - Distributions and Tax Implications part 9 Mutual Funds - Fees and Expenses part 9 Mutual Funds - Index Funds and Beating the Market part 9 Mutual Funds - Money-Market Funds part 9 Mutual Funds - Reading a Prospectus part 9 Mutual Funds - Redemptions part 9 Mutual Funds - Types of Funds part 9 Mutual Funds - Versus Stocks part 9 Real Estate - 12 Steps to Buying a Home part 9 Real Estate - Investment Trusts (REITs) part 9 Real Estate - Renting versus Buying a Home part 10 Regulation - Accredited Investor part 10 Regulation - Full Disclosure part 10 Regulation - Money-Supply Measures M1, M2, and M3 part 10 Regulation - Federal Reserve and Interest Rates part 10 Regulation - Margin Requirements part 10 Regulation - Securities and Exchange Commission (U.S.) part 10 Regulation - SEC Rule 144 part 10 Regulation - SEC Registered Advisory Service part 10 Regulation - SEC/NASDAQ Settlement part 10 Regulation - Series of Examinations/Registrations part 10 Regulation - SIPC, or How to Survive a Bankrupt Broker part 10 Retirement Plans - 401(k) part 11 Retirement Plans - 401(k) for Self-Employed People part 11 Retirement Plans - 403(b) part 11 Retirement Plans - 457(b) part 11 Retirement Plans - Co-mingling funds in IRA accounts part 11 Retirement Plans - Keogh part 11 Retirement Plans - Roth IRA part 11 Retirement Plans - SEP IRA part 11 Retirement Plans - Traditional IRA part 12 Software - Archive of Free Investment-Related Programs part 12 Software - Portfolio Tracking and Technical Analysis part 12 Stocks - Basics part 12 Stocks - American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) part 12 Stocks - Cyclicals part 12 Stocks - Dividends part 12 Stocks - Dramatic Price Changes part 12 Stocks - Holding Company Depositary Recepits (HOLDRs) part 12 Stocks - Income and Royalty Trusts part 12 Stocks - Types of Indexes part 12 Stocks - The Dow Jones Industrial Average part 13 Stocks - Other Indexes part 13 Stocks - Market Volatility Index (VIX) part 13 Stocks - Investor Rights Movement part 13 Stocks - Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) part 13 Stocks - Mergers part 13 Stocks - Market Capitalization part 13 Stocks - Outstanding Shares and Float part 13 Stocks - Preferred Shares part 13 Stocks - Price Basis part 13 Stocks - Price Tables in Newspapers part 13 Stocks - Price Data part 13 Stocks - Replacing Lost Certificates part 13 Stocks - Repurchasing by Companies part 14 Stocks - Researching the Value of Old Certificates part 14 Stocks - Reverse Mergers part 14 Stocks - Shareholder Rights Plan part 14 Stocks - Splits part 14 Stocks - Tracking Stock part 14 Stocks - Exchange-Traded Funds and Unit Investment Trusts part 14 Stocks - Warrants part 14 Strategy - Dogs of the Dow part 14 Strategy - Dollar Cost and Value Averaging part 14 Strategy - Hedging part 14 Strategy - Buying on Margin part 14 Strategy - Writing Put Options To Acquire Stock part 14 Strategy - Socially Responsible Investing part 14 Strategy - When to Buy/Sell Stocks part 14 Strategy - Survey of Stock Investment Strategies part 15 Strategy - Value and Growth part 15 Tax Code - Backup Withholding part 15 Tax Code - Capital Gains Cost Basis part 15 Tax Code - Capital Gains Computation part 15 Tax Code - Capital Gains Tax Rates part 15 Tax Code - Cashless Option Exercise part 15 Tax Code - Deductions for Investors part 15 Tax Code - Estate and Gift Tax part 15 Tax Code - Gifts of Stock part 15 Tax Code - Non-Resident Aliens and US Holdings part 16 Tax Code - Reporting Option Trades part 16 Tax Code - Short Sales Treatment part 16 Tax Code - Tax Swaps part 16 Tax Code - Uniform Gifts to Minors Act (UGMA) part 16 Tax Code - Wash Sale Rule part 16 Technical Analysis - Basics part 16 Technical Analysis - Bollinger Bands part 16 Technical Analysis - Black-Scholes Model part 16 Technical Analysis - Commodity Channel Index part 16 Technical Analysis - Charting Services part 16 Technical Analysis - Data Sources part 16 Technical Analysis - Elliott Wave Theory part 16 Technical Analysis - Information Sources part 17 Technical Analysis - MACD part 17 Technical Analysis - McClellan Oscillator and Summation Index part 17 Technical Analysis - On Balance Volume part 17 Technical Analysis - Relative Strength Indicator part 17 Technical Analysis - Stochastics part 17 Trading - Basics part 17 Trading - After Hours part 17 Trading - Bid, Offer, and Spread part 17 Trading - Brokerage Account Types part 17 Trading - Discount Brokers part 17 Trading - Direct Investing and DRIPs part 18 Trading - Electronically and via the Internet part 18 Trading - Free Ride Rules part 18 Trading - By Insiders part 18 Trading - Introducing Broker part 18 Trading - Jargon and Terminology part 18 Trading - NASD Public Disclosure Hotline part 18 Trading - Buy and Sell Stock Without a Broker part 18 Trading - Non-Resident Aliens and US Exchanges part 18 Trading - Off Exchange part 18 Trading - Opening Prices part 18 Trading - Order Routing and Payment for Order Flow part 19 Trading - Day, GTC, Limit, and Stop-Loss Orders part 19 Trading - Pink Sheet Stocks part 19 Trading - Price Improvement part 19 Trading - Process Date part 19 Trading - Round Lots of Shares part 19 Trading - Security Identification Systems part 19 Trading - Shorting Stocks part 19 Trading - Shorting Against the Box part 19 Trading - Size of the Market part 19 Trading - Tick, Up Tick, and Down Tick part 19 Trading - Transferring an Account part 19 Trading - Can You Trust The Tape? part 20 Trading - Selling Worthless Shares part 20 Trivia - Bull and Bear Lore part 20 Trivia - Presidential Portraits on U.S. Notes part 20 Trivia - Getting Rich Quickly part 20 Trivia - One-Letter Ticker Symbols on NYSE part 20 Trivia - Stock Prices in Sixteenths part 20 Warning - Wade Cook part 20 Warning - Charles Givens part 20 Warning - Dave Rhodes and Other Chain Letters part 20 Warning - Ken Roberts part 20 Warning - Selling Unregistered Securities part 20 --------------------Check http://invest-faq.com/ for updates------------------ Compiler's Acknowledgements: My sincere thanks to the many contributors for their efforts. Compilation Copyright (c) 2005 by Christopher Lott.