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Transfer shares to avoid brokerage fees

I like Fidelity better than Vanguard in regards to web interface and customer service. Vanguard has better funds for the way I wish to invest. Since I plan to invest in a dollar/cost averaging manner ...
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Exercising an option without paying for the underlying

As a follow up to my other question, I would like to know whether the following is possible: Let's say I have $20.000 in my brokerage account Suppose there are call option with strike 300 (and ...
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Mass RSU grants vesting — should I worry about the stock price?

My company was acquired almost a year ago. In the acquisition, most employees received RSU grants which vested on a 1 year cliff. These RSUs are managed through Etrade. My options for tax purposes ...
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Trade ETFs with Banks' Brokerages or separate Discount Brokerage? [closed]

Hereafter, all money is in Canadian Dollars. My relative in Canada banks with HSBC Canada, is an Advanced customer, and possesses an HSBC InvestDirect account. She buys and holds for the long run, ...
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How can I simplify my interactions with my online brokerage for buy, selling, and rebalancing mutual funds?

Whenever I want to buy or sell mutual funds, it ends up being a multiple day process for me. For example buying mutual funds: Visit my brokerage account and have them transfer the funds in from my ...
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What happens to personal data I disclose for joining an employee stock plan?

My employer has offered me to participate in a stock incentive program wherein I will receive a certain amount of stock in their American parent corporation on the (ostensibly) sole condition that I ...
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How can a retail trader work on improving his trade execution

In some trading books, the trader is advised to work on getting better execution. What does this really mean? For execution, the trader is at the mercy of the broker's algorithms and infrastructure. ...
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Are there any caveats to withdrawing funds from brokerage?

I have recently opened a brokerage account and want to deposit some funds. Before I begin investing, I am curious if there are any caveats to withdrawing my money in the future. I am a US citizen ...
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What is the calculation of net asset value of my brokerage account

In my brokerage account, is my total account balance (cash + equities) the same as the net asset value of the account? Or is there a difference?
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direct registration system vs brokerage firm

A year ago I bought 10 X stocks. Time flew by and I checked my stock account and I had received a whopping 10EUR in dividends. Sadly it all was eaten by account management costs, which is about 24EUR ...
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Can expense ratios for certain ETFs differ between brokerages?

I have an account with two different online brokers. I've noticed when comparing the two sites, that one of them seems to have lower expense ratios for ETFs than the other. Is this possible or am I ...
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How many naked option contracts can I write if I want to use maximum margin

Let us say I want to write a naked option on SPX in my interactive brokers margin account. If this is the only position I wish to hold in my account, and I want to use maximum margin, then what is the ...
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Brokerage's calculation of my profits or losses on stock trades

I've noticed that my brokerage (Wells Fargo) uses a different system to calculate my profits and losses, instead of the mental accounting I follow. E.g., I buy 100 shares of stock A in July 2014 at ...
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Covered call vs naked put in online brokerages

If a covered call has same risk profile as naked put, how come brokers allow covered call but only allow naked puts to experienced traders?
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Brokerage Account Usage

I'm a non-US citizen and have a brokerage account with Etrade Securities since last 10 years, but I just received an 'inquiry' asking a couple of strange questions so I thought of clearing my doubts ...
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Interactive Brokers Margin Accounts

I've read the margin documentations on IB but am not sure given the following scenarios. I have a reg-t margin account trading stocks/etfs. Scenario 1: I do weekly re-balancing of a portfolio of ...
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Why should I choose a 401(k) or IRA over a standard brokerage account?

401(k)'s and other retirement accounts have limits on restrictions on when your money can be withdrawn. But let's say I score a job making a huge sum, can save a lot, and want to retire decades early. ...
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Can I withdraw cash from selling investments before the settlement date?

If I sell stocks, will I be able to withdraw cash from the proceeds that same day or will I have to wait until the T+3 settlement date? Does it depend on the brokerage?
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Is it possible that for shares to be reinvested in a stock you already sold?

I just recently set my taxable investment account from reinvest dividends to deposit in cash. However, there seems to be a delay (I assume related to one of the various dates associated with ...
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Is reimbursement of a brokerage transfer fee taxable income?

I switched the brokerage for a taxable investment account last year. The new brokerage reimbursed the transfer out fee of $50 from my old brokerage. I don't have my 1099s yet but I noticed in the ...
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Who (owner/ writer)needs to pay the option assignment fees

When an option is exercised, there is an option assignment fee that needs to be paid to the (broker/clearing house)? So if the options expire worthless, this fee need not be paid. But in the case ...
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Is SIPC coverage on cash as strong as FDIC?

I'm considering opening a brokerage account with a broker that is requesting $10,000 minimum funding. That money will not go to an FDIC covered bank account. But the broker does have an SIPC ...
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Who is the counterparty when buying shares through a broker

If I buy shares of a company through a broker, who is my counter-party? The company or the broker? i.e Do I face counter-party risk twice over(if company goes bankrupt and also if broker goes ...
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Can I open an investment account in the US for my US citizen sister living abroad?

Here's my issue. I have a sister that lives in Israel. She is a US citizen, and holds a US passport, and is also a citizen of Israel. 20+ years ago, they opened a Cash Management Account (CMA) in ...
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What is the typical time taken for SIPC to return money and stocks to brokerage clients when the broker goes under?

SIPC's job is safeguard the money and securities of brokerage clients when broker goes bankrupt. One of the tasks is to speed up the return of these possessions to the clients. Going by past ...
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Can you use external money to pay trading commissions in tax-free and tax-deferred accounts?

I contribute the max to my Roth IRA every year ($5500 in 2013, for example). However, let's say I use that money to buy two stocks, with a commission $10 each, so I am effectively only contributing ...
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Will foreigners using a US broker to buy non-US stocks be subjected to 30% withholding tax on dividends?

Currently, foreigners are subjected to 30% withholding tax on dividends when they buy US stocks through a US broker. Will they also be subjected to the same tax if they buy international stocks (say, ...
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Do transaction fees for mutual funds apply when purchasing additional shares?

My broker charges me a $19.99 transaction fee when purchasing some mutual funds. I believe that they will also charge this fee when selling shares in the fund. What is not clear to me, is if they ...
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How are brokerage accounts protected from theft, computer glitches and fraud?

I'm thinking about investing in stocks, but I'm worried about losing my investments for reasons unrelated to changes in the market. I know that brokerage accounts are not FDIC-insured. What if a ...
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Is Tradeking collecting too much information when I open an Roth IRA?

I recently signed up with Tradeking a Roth IRA account. During registration, I entered my home address DOB and SSN. I was ok with it. But then Tradeking started sending me emails (1) the first one ...
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If I transfer brokerages for a taxable investment account, who is responsible for sending Form 1099s?

I am considering transferring brokerages for a taxable investment account. Will the new brokerage be responsible for sending me all Form 1099s for tax year 2013? Or is the old brokerage still ...
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Execute or trade an options contract?

Take this call for example: FIO Jan13 22 Call Let's say this Thursday the stock goes to $23. Here is my math: Cost of option: $35 Cost of stock bought at $22: 100x$22 = $2,200 Thursday price of ...
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What are the cons to using a brokerage account for day to day banking?

I've noticed (for awhile now) that my online discount brokerage account carries many features of a traditional bank account: Online bill pay Direct Deposit Checks ATM Card FDIC or SIPC coverage Cash ...
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Do margins on a brokerage account affect your credit score?

If you have the ability to trade on margin, will this improve your credit history/score? If you refuse to pay the margin and lack the funds to pay for the money borrowed, I understand that it can ...
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Borrowed shares how are they tracked?

When a short position is opened in the stock market how does the brokerage know whether the trader has actually borrowed the shares or not?
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Trading on exchanges or via brokerage companies?

I was wondering what relations are between brokerage companies and exchanges? Are brokers representing investors to trade on exchanges? For individual investors, what are some cons and pros of ...
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How can a U.S. citizen open a Canadian brokerage account?

Is there any way to open a Canadian brokerage account while still being a U.S. citizen? I would like to open an online brokerage account if possible in Canada to trade on the TSX (I hate ADR).
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How can I request and verify that my identity information is purged from a bank I no longer use?

I have consolidated a lot of finances from several banks (Chase, a Credit Union) and brokerage houses (Schwab, Fidelity) and since I no longer use these institutions I would like to request a complete ...
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When you buy mutual funds through a broker, where are the shares held?

This question arises from a previous one regarding managing all one's investments from one screen on a brokerage house's web site, and a recent answer by @Patches regarding segregation of the ...
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Can stock brokerage firms fail?

Can brokerage firms like Fidelity, TD Ameritrade, or Vanguard fail? They seem pretty unshakable, but the recent financial crisis made it clear that even very large financial companies can fall. And ...
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What is the correct way to report a tender offer fee on my taxes?

In 2011, I participated in a tender offer for Sunpower which had a fee of $25. My broker's tax form 1099B showed the proceeds from this offer but did not exclude this fee. My own calculations did ...
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Wells Fargo Brokerage has no shares of stock to short

I want to short several hundred shares of a stock. Wells Fargo brokerage has no shares to short. Would a different brokerage be likely to have access to shortable shares, or do they all access the ...
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Which brokers offer the largest selection of mutual funds?

I use Morningstar for mutual fund picks, but my broker (Merril Lynch) does not offer many of them. It's a pain because sometimes they don't offer good fund alternatives. Is my only option to move to ...
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How expensive is it to keep minimal cash at a brokerage?

With the recent events at MF Global, I am reluctant to keep any more than a minimum of cash at any brokerage; it seems that in the cases of fraud, you either don't get your money back or it may take ...
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What does “this trade was unsolicited” mean on a brokerage confirmation?

I sold some stock in my IRA brokerage account with Vanguard. Everything seems to have gone through fine, but the confirmation states in all caps that "this trade was unsolicited." I'm just curious ...
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Automatic investments for cheap

I'm looking for a way to do automatic investments (say to put $100 every month into an index fund). I use Sharebuilder for my regular investments, but it looks like they charge $4 per transaction for ...
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Other than being able to borrow to invest, how is a margin trading account different from a cash account?

Other than being able to borrow against one's portfolio value to purchase additional investments, how is a typical brokerage margin trading account different from a typical cash trading account? ...
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What is the fee charged for ADRs, which is deducted when dividends are paid?

My brokerage charges me a fee to hold ADRs; this fee is deducted anytime the ADRs pay dividends. I'm told that this is a standard fee and could not be negotiated. Is this fee truly carved in stone, ...
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What is the cost of “free” trades?

It's not unusual to get a certain number of free trades when you open a new account at a brokerage, but some firms have gone as far as effectively eliminating trading fees altogether. For example, ...
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Why does my bank suddenly need to know where my money comes from?

Today I went to my brokerage acct for Wells Fargo and the page said that online trading was suspended. So I called them and the rep said, "we need to know where your money came from." This is an odd ...