The following seven questions come from topics covered in articles over the past year.

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1. Contributions made into a Roth IRA can always be withdrawn anytime, and for any reason, tax and penalty-free before before age 59 1/2.

* True

* False

2. Index funds have outperformed __ percent of U.S. stock mutual funds over the last 15 years.

* 65

* 78

* 94

3. A mutual fund's expense ratio represents all costs associated with owning a mutual fund.

* True

* False

4. In the event of your death, assets held in IRA accounts will be distributed to your beneficiaries according to your will.

* True

* False

5. Duration is a measure of a bond fund's sensitivity to _______.

* Inflation

* Interest rates changes

* Stock market volatility

6. A $100,000 portfolio gains 50 percent in year one, and loses 50 percent in year two. The portfolio's value at the start of year three is ______.

* $100,000

* $75,000

* $50,000

7. How many times over the past 85 years have the U.S stock and U.S. bond markets both lost money in the same year?

* 2

* 12

* 22

Martin Krikorian is president of Capital Wealth Management, a "fee-only" registered investment adviser located at 9 Billerica Road, Chelmsford.


He is the author of the investment books, "10 Chapters to Having a Successful Investment Portfolio" and the "7 Steps to Becoming a Better Investor."