April Study Question of the Month

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When inherited, the basis of a depreciated asset is?
 
A. Stepped up
B. Stepped down
C. Carried over
D. Carried under
 
Answer: B. Typically, when an asset is inherited, the value of the asset has increased since it was purchased and the heir gets to “step up” (raise) the basis of the inherited property to the fair market value at the date of death. So, for example, if Grandpa bought shares of XYZ  for $1,000 in the previous century, and the shares are worth $1 million on the date of Grandpa’s death, the basis for tax purposes is stepped up to $1 million to the lucky recipient. This means that capital gain escapes any federal taxation. 
The basis “step-up” rule can become a “step-down” rule as well. So if an asset’s value has declined and someone inherits the asset, for the sake of taxes, the basis of the asset is stepped down (lowered) to the fair market value on the date of the owner’s death. This loss of basis can be avoided by the owner selling any depreciated property before death, so he or she can reap the tax losses.

Study for the Series 7 Exam with Solomon — while doing push-ups!

Studies show that doing push-ups lowers your risk of cardiovascular disease.  But what if you’re studying for your Series 7 Top-Off exam?  Continue reading

Studies show that doing push-ups lowers your risk of cardiovascular disease.  But what if you’re studying for your Series 7 Top-Off exam?  How do you do both?  Solomon Exam Prep to the rescue — with the Solomon Exam Prep Audio Series 7 Top-Off guide!

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January Study Question of the Month

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Relevant to the Series 7.

 

 

 

 

 

Cassie gives her nephew Frank 10 shares of Hathshire Berkaway as a college graduation present. Cassie purchased the shares five years ago at $1,000, and their fair market value is $1,500 at the time of the gift. Frank holds the shares for one year, then sells them at $2,000. What is Frank’s cost basis and holding period?
 
A. $10,000; one year
B. $10,000; six years
C. $15,000; one year
D. $15,000; six years
 
Answer: B. When someone gives securities as a gift to another individual, the recipient’s cost basis is the lower of (1) the giver’s cost basis or (2) the fair market value at the time of the gift. So Frank’s cost basis is Cassie’s purchase price of $10,000 ($1,000 x 10 shares). The giver’s holding period will correspond to cost basis. So Frank’s holding period starts from the date of Cassie’s purchase, six years before Frank sells the shares.

Height of Federal Reserve Chairperson an Economic Indicator?

Anyone studying for the FINRA Securities Industry Essentials (SIE) exam or the Series 65 Investment Adviser exam must learn about economic indicators such as interest rates (leading), inflation (lagging) and GDP (coincident). Continue reading

Anyone studying for the FINRA Securities Industry Essentials (SIE) exam or the Series 65 Investment Adviser exam must learn about economic indicators such as interest rates (leading), inflation (lagging) and GDP (coincident). Observers have noted that interest rates under tall Federal Reserve chairpersons, such as Paul Volcker (6’7”), have been higher than under short chairpersons, such as Janet Yellen (5’3”). According to the Washington Post, Yellen lost her job to the taller Jerome Powell because President Trump did not think the diminutive Yellen was tall enough for the job. Solomon Exam Prep has helped thousands of people of all heights pass securities licensing exams including the Series 3, 6, 7, 24, 26, 27, 28, 50, 51, 52, 53, 63, 65, 66, 79, 82, 99 and SIE exams. finra , securities, SIEexam, Series65,Series7, interestrates

October Study Question of the Month

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Relevant to the Series 7Series 62, Series 65Series 79, Series 82, and Series 99.

 

 

 

 

 

What is the holding period for restricted securities issued by a company that files reports with the SEC?
 
A. Six months
B. Nine months
C. Twelve months

D. Securities issued by a company that files with the SEC are never restricted

Answer: A. Rule 144 requires purchasers of restricted securities to hold them for a certain amount of time before they sell them. If the issuer is a company that files reports with the SEC, the holding period is six months. If the issuer is a non-reporting company, the holding period is 12 months.

August Study Question of the Month

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Relevant to the Series 6Series 7, Series 24, Series 26Series 62, Series 79Series 82, and Series 99.

 

 

 

 

 

Which of these records about your customer Doug is your firm required to retain for five years?
 
A. Doug’s customer ledger
B. A SAR you filed on Doug
C. A complaint Doug filed about you

D. A confirmation of one of Doug’s trades

Answer: B. The general tier of recordkeeping is three years, six years, and lifetime, although there are some records with retention periods of four or five years. Additionally, the firm must keep most records easily accessible for the first two years.

Customer ledgers fall in the six-year tier, Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) fall in the five-year tier, customer complaints fall in the four-year tier, and trade confirmations fall in the three-year tier.

July Study Question of the Month

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Relevant to the Series 6Series 7Series 62Series 65,  Series 66,  Series 82, and Series 99.

 

 

 

 

 

Bob owns convertible preferred stock in BigCo. Which of the following is a taxable event for Bob?
 
A. He converts it into common stock
B. Due to a corporate restructuring, he receives additional shares
C. He receives a cash dividend that is less than the amount that the share price declined last quarter

D. Due to a corporate merger, his shares are exchanged for shares in LargerCo

Answer: C. Receiving a dividend (even a qualified dividend) is a taxable event. When a company merges with another company, it may give its shareholders stock in a new company in exchange for the stock they currently hold. This is usually not a taxable event, meaning the shareholder does not have to pay taxes on the new shares at the time of the exchange. Moreover, if the company gives shares of common or preferred stock to shareholders because of a corporate restructuring or bankruptcy, this is also not a taxable event. Additionally, the conversion of convertible preferred stock (or bonds) to common stock is not a taxable event.