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Post Your Syllabus to Blackboard

The first thing you have to do to get your course started using Blackboard is to post your course syllabus. How else can your audience know that you give 10 bonus points just for showing up? Follow these [more…]

Give Online Assignments in Blackboard

As an instructor using Blackboard, you'll probably want to post an assignment for learners to turn in (and for you to collect and grade) online. Here’s how: [more…]

Set Up Your Gradebook in Blackboard

To save time later in your course, set up Item columns in your Gradebook as soon as you create your course so that you have to worry only about entering earned points for each learner. Here’s what to do [more…]

Start Discussion Topics in Blackboard

Communicating with learners in Blackboard takes several forms. A discussion works like an office bulletin board. For this task, you establish a discussion forum and start the conversation as shown in these [more…]

Blackboard For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The Blackboard Learning System provides you, the instructor, with the tools to present class materials on the web, communicate online with the entire class, and track your lessons. But you're a teacher [more…]

Ten Ways to Make the Most of a Writers' Conference

No matter whether you're a first-time author or you've written several books, attending a writers' conference can do wonders for you, in several different ways. This bonus chapter discusses some of the [more…]

Five Steps to Finding True Happiness after Being Fired

You can actually find true happiness after you get fired. You probably won't be able to avoid the nausea and panic you will feel on the day you get fired, but if you see it coming, you can prepare to go [more…]

Rules and Regulations Brought About by the USA Patriot Act

The number of questions in the rules and regulations category on the Series 7 exam increased greatly when the USA Patriot Act was enacted. Due to the act, each firm must have and follow customer identification [more…]

Bringing New Issues to Market — Review for the Series 7 Exam

Prior to corporations “going public,” they must register and have a way of distributing their securities. The Series 7 exam tests your ability to understand the registration process and the entities involved [more…]

Underwriting Securities — Review for the Series 7 Exam

When underwriting securities and preparing for the Series 7 exam, you’re expected to know which securities and transactions are exempt from Securities and Exchange Commission [more…]

Equity Securities — Review for the Series 7 Exam

To be a corporation, you must have stockholders. Both common and preferred stock are considered equity securities because they represent ownership of the corporation. A majority of most registered representatives’ [more…]

Types of Bonds — Review for the Series 7 Exam

When issuers want to borrow money from the public, they issue debt securities, such as bonds. For the Series 7 exams, you need to understand the different types of bonds. [more…]

Price and Yield Calculations on the Series 7 Exam

For the debt securities portion of the Series 7 exam, you need to know something about to determine bond prices and yields. Make sure you understand which type of bond the question is talking about prior [more…]

U.S. Government Securities and the Series 7 Exam

Issuers of debt securities include corporations, local governments (municipal bonds), and the U.S. government. For the Series 7 exam, you need to be able to recognize the different types of U.S. government [more…]

GO and Revenue Bonds on the Series 7 Exam

Municipal bonds are ones issued by state governments, local governments, or U.S. territories. Municipalities may issue many types of municipal bonds, but the two main types are GO [more…]

Municipal Bonds and Notes on the Series 7 Exam

After you become a licensed registered rep, you may not spend a lot of time selling municipal bonds, but you need to know about them for the Series 7 exam and expect to be tested heavily. [more…]

Tax Treatment of Municipal Bonds — Review for the Series 7 Exam

Municipal bonds may be backed by taxes or by a revenue-producing facility, and you will be tested over the tax treatment of municipal bonds on the Series 7 exam. [more…]

Margin Accounts and the Series 7 Exam

Instead of paying for securities in full, investors may buy (or sell short) certain securities on margin. Margin accounts are ones in which the broker-dealer covers a percentage of the securities purchased [more…]

Packaged Securities and the Series 7 Exam

Packaged securities include investment companies (mutual funds and closed-end funds), real estate investment trusts, annuities, and so on. The idea is to provide investors a way to diversify their portfolios [more…]

Taxation and Rules for Packaged Securities

Pretty much all investors have packaged securities in their portfolio. What’s also nice about packaged securities for investors is that usually the funds are professionally managed, and the management [more…]

Review of Direct Participation Programs for the Series 7 Exam

Direct participation programs (DPPs) are more commonly known as limited partnerships. DPPs raise money to invest in projects such as real estate, oil and gas, and equipment leasing. DPPs aren’t for everyone [more…]

Option Basics — Review for the Series 7 Exam

Options are also known as derivatives because they derive their value from the value of an underlying security. Options give the holder the right to buy or sell the underlying security at a fixed price [more…]

Option Straddles and Combinations — Review for the Series 7 Exam

Options give holders a leveraged position because they have an interest in a large amount of securities for a relatively small outlay of cash. Options are risky investments and aren’t for everyone because [more…]

Portfolio Management — Review for the Series 7 Exam

Instead of just randomly recommending securities to customers or potential customers, you’re expected to know why you’re recommending those securities. Typically, most brokerage firms have their own analysts [more…]

Fundamental Analysis on the Series 7 Exam

Fundamental analysts examine the specifics of corporations and are responsible for doing the research and recommending which securities the registered reps should promote. As a registered rep, you’ll also [more…]

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