SIE Practice Exam 1

Taking the SIE (Securities Industry Essentials) Practice Exam 1 is your first step towards gaining essential knowledge. Practice Exam 1 will empower you to understand the core concepts of the securities industry and prepare for a successful career.

The SIE Practice Exam 1 comprises 40 multiple-choice questions designed to be similar to those you might find on the actual SIE exam. This practice test is untimed, so you can have all the time you need to finish the exam.

You can also take our timed FINRA-like SIE practice exam, which consists of 75 multiple-choice questions with a time limit of 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Now, going back, each question of this practice exam has a detailed explanation of the correct answer.

Once you’re done answering all 40 questions, you can see your score, review your wrong answers, and check if you have achieved the 70% pass rate.

You can retake this free SIE Practice Exam 1 as many times as you like.

SIE Practice Exam 1: Knowledge of Capital Markets

Our 1st batch of SIE practice questions focuses on the fundamental aspects of capital markets. This practice exam covers topics such as regulatory entities and agencies like the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Self-regulatory Organizations (SROs) such as FINRA and CBOE.

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1. Which of the following organizations guarantees the performance of standardized options contracts?

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2. When an investor is bearish on the broad stock market

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3. When opening a margin account, the agreement that customers sign to pledge their securities as collateral for a loan from the broker-dealer is the

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4. The spread between bid and offer

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5. Commercial paper, bankers’ acceptances, and large-time deposits are part of what segment of the fixed-income market?

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6. When a corporate Board announces a 10% stock dividend, shareholders know they will be receiving:

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7. Call option contracts are considered to have intrinsic value:

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8. The Securities & Exchange Commission was formed as part of

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9. Investors purchase common stock primarily for

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10. The principal difference between a selling syndicate and a selling group would be:

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11. Certain securities are marginable under Regulation T of the Securities & Exchange Act of 1934 except:

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12. All of the following are features of ETFs EXCEPT

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13. The money supply will tighten based on which of these techniques of monetary policy?

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14. When a corporation announces that it is seeking additional equity capital through a sale of additional authorized but unissued shares,

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15. Investment company financial statements are sent to shareholders

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16. The Nasdaq market is a(n)

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17. Which of the following terms describes a broker-dealer’s practice of interjecting another broker-dealer into the middle of a trade, resulting in an increase in commission at the customer’s expense?

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18. Investors that purchase high quality fixed income investments for retirement income are most concerned with

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19. Stabilizing is a term generally used in Wall Street to refer to the practice of:

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20. One of the most frequently issued money market instruments is commercial paper. Typically, this investment has a maximum maturity:

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21. When an investor writes a covered call, the client’s profit and loss potential on that position becomes:

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22. In the industry, the term ‘Blue Chip’ most often is associated with:

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23. Regulation SHO severely restricts short selling during the cooling offer period of a follow-on offering. Which of the below is true?

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24. The hours of operation of the Chicago Board Options Exchange are:

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25. NASDAQ market makers wishing to increase the ADTV (average daily trading volume) they handle in those stocks:

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26. A corporate bond that is currently trading at 95 pays a semi-annual coupon of $25. What is the current yield?

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27. An unsecured bond is also known as a(n)

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28. A customer deposits $2,000 of cash into a brokerage account in the morning and $10,000 in cash into the same account that afternoon. The firm is required to file

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29. When must the brokerage firm deliver a customer confirmation to the customer?

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30. Which of the following statements is TRUE regarding the value of variable contract annuity units?

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31. It is not unusual for a broker-dealer to fill a customer order for an NYSE stock as principal out of inventory in lieu of wiring it to the floor the exchange.

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32. An upward sloping yield curve indicates

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33. In most cases, Federal Securities Laws:

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34. Keynesian economic theory deals with:

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35. When calculating total return on a bond,

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36. When the term ‘shelf registration’ is used, it typically refers to:

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37. Among the most significant differences between an open-end investment management company and a unit investment trust is that:

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38. Each of the below business enterprises exhibit flow-through of tax and related consequences except:

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39. The Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) was created by Congress in:

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40. Dollar limits on 529 plan contributions per beneficiary are set by

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