Try to answer these investing questions to the best of your ability.

Takes less than 5 minutes

This is simply an assessment of your current investing knowledge.

1. The stock market always goes up in the long run.

  • True

  • False

2. Efficient Market Theory states that:

  • The market is so efficient that everything that can be known about a company is constantly figured into the price of its stock - so that price is equal to the value of the company at all times.

  • The market is so efficient that once new information about a company is public, there is a small window of time to buy or sell befor this information is reflected in a sharp rise or plunge in the stock.

  • Institutional investors control such a large portion of the money in the market, that anything they do efficiently moves a stock in one direction or the other while any action smaller investors take makes little impact.

3. The average compound annual growth rate of the stock market, since 1900, is: (select one)

  • 7%

  • 8-12%

  • 17-20%

4. Those few people who beat the market in the long run only do so because
they have either studied hard or have above-average IQs:

  • True

  • False

5. The best way to make a lot of money on a stock involves: (select all that apply)

  • Monitoring the stock price carefully and investing just as it starts to rise sharply

  • Finding a business that has meaning to you and that you believe in

  • Researching the business carefully and reviewing several financial numbers to determine how it protects itself from competition in the same space

  • Following industry trends carefully and reading analysts' reports on that stock

  • Calculating what the business is worth and buying it well below that price

6. Real estate can always outperform the market and should be a part of
everyone's portfolio:

  • True

  • False

7. It doesn't matter what price a stock is selling at; what matters is that it is being
managed well and that customers are buying its product or service:

  • True

  • False

8. Hiring a financial professional is not important to your financial future because
anyone, with the right training, can manage their money on their own:

  • True

  • False

9. The average American needs WHAT amount of money at retirement to
uphold a comfortable lifestyle? (select one)

  • $500,000

  • $1 million

  • $3 million

10. When ready to retire, it's best to take out the money you will need all at once to avoid
being taxed on each sale, instead of taking out what you need on a monthly basis:

  • True

  • False

11. Risk and reward in the stock market are related. If you want a higher
return then you must be willing to take more risks:

  • True

  • False

12. The best way to offset the risk of investing in the stock market is to
diversify across a large number of stocks:

  • True

  • False

13. You should sell a stock when:

  • The price rises higher than its value

  • A competitor's stock price surpasses it

  • Right after earnings reports have been released, and it has been announced that the company failed to achieve their sales projections.

14. A broad market mutual fund is the best choice for a low-risk
retirement account like a 401(k) or an IRA:

  • True

  • False

15. Almost no one beats the market in the long run:

  • True

  • False

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