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Can anyone recommend a good tetxbook that covers fundamentals of finance?

I am beginning to read more about finance. However, I certainly notice gaps in my knowledge with regards to its fundamentals. It's extremely difficult to read into more specific topics when one ...
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What does “points” mean in such contexts (stock exchange, I believe)?

What does "points" mean in such contexts (stock exchange, I believe)? It would be also great if you provide references or example sentences. "S&P 500 is holding above the Moving Averages 10 it is ...
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Jumbo loan amount before or after downpayment? [duplicate]

I want to take out a mortgage, but the value of the house is greater than $417,000, which is the amount when a mortgage becomes a Jumbo loan. I looked for more information on BankRate.com, and even ...
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(Why) are all Australian mutual funds REITs or bond funds? [closed]

I wonder why Australia does not promote the big and global fund houses to introduce mutual fund schemes for people to have an option to invest in, instead of just the property/related choices. The ...
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Why does the calculation for IRR use revenue, not profit?

As far as I understand, IRR is calculated by finding the discount rate where the NPV equals zero. What I don't understand is why the revenue (or cash inflows) is used in the calculation instead of ...
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What is the formula to calculate loans at variable rates and what is the function of PV (present value) in calculations?

Yesterday, I tried during the whole day to solve that problem: You have been living in the house you bought 6 years ago for $250,000. At that time, you took out a loan for 80% of the house at a fixed ...
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How much accounting knowledge is needed to read financial statements of publicly traded companies?

"You have to understand accounting and you have to understand the nuances of accounting. It's the language of business and it's an imperfect language, but unless you are willing to put in the ...
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About dividend percentage

I want to know on what price of a share the percentage is taken. There are two types of value for a share of stock: the market value, the face or par value. What amount I will be paid if I have ...
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Direct access to the currency exchange market

It is now fairly common for "lambda" users to have direct access to the stock market, i.e., see the book of order (up to a given depth), place a buy or sell order, cancel an order, etc. The bank or ...
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What foreign currency exchange rate is applied at cash machines

I recently came back from Auckland and China . Prior to withdrawing cash from ATMs , the currency exchange sell and buy prices give an estimate price. I wonder how much € exactly will 100 NZD cost. ...
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How does the person lending shares to the short selller protect themselves if the short sellers are correct?

I'm curious how the person lending shares protects themselves from the downside if the short sellers are correct. Are they actually loaning shares or is it like the banks, loaning out more money ...
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What is the difference between an amortized loan and a non-amortized loan?

As an example, my parents told me that their current car loan is amortized. Does that make any practical difference to how they pay off their loan, as opposed to if their loan had not been amortized?
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Normal for my 401k to be performing at -11% over the past 18 months? [duplicate]

Me: 27 years old Income of upper $70ks Contribute 6% to 401k, and 3% to roth 401k (increase my 401k by 1% each year; employer matches up to I think 3%) Performance: Over the past 18 months, my ...
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Will the stock market continue to grow forever?

I am relatively new to investing. I understand that the stock market, in some sense, reflects what happens in the real economy. For example, if the U.S. economy grows, the stock market in the long ...
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One Share Stock Reverse Split

What would happen if I hypothetically had one share of a stock that is undergoing a reverse stock split? This would be an odd predicament but I just read about someone in this situation and can't ...
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Will I ever lose money if I always pay the credit card bill on time?

One last thing I am pondering before getting a secured credit card. Your due date is at least 25 days after the close of each billing cycle. We will not charge you interest on new purchases, ...
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Does Investing in commodity helps to build home

I am from India. I have plan to build new own home next year. Now commodity price for metal (steel) is less than past years. Is it worth to buy steel from commodity now, then Is it possible to switch ...
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Shouldn't it be the person writing the check who endorses the check, not the depositor of the check?

I have to sign the backs of checks other people give me. Why is this necessary? It seems that someone could easily steal the check and write their name instead and deposit it into their own account. ...
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Real Estate blind auction - who benefits?

The housing market in Portland, OR is extremely hot. So hot that realtors are now using blind auctions. Listings say Offers will be reviewed on [date] at [time] Prospective buyers are ...
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Why would I buy a bond with a negative yield?

The only reason that I can think of is because I expect the bond to appreciate in price thus offsetting the loss in yield. I could still end up with less money than I started with, if I hold the bond ...
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Mortgage payments

Background I was watching a video about mortgage-backed securities on Khan Academy (ref. this video, skip to 2:32), and something struck me as odd about the way he presented the mortgage model. He ...
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company market capitalization to total (annual) stock market capitalization

I have a panel dataset with 13 countries and 10 years (1999-2009). I'm trying to calculate share/pctage of the average firm market capitalization to average stock market capitalization for each ...
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How to calculate depreciation?

I am not accountant and my question could be trivial but I will ask it. Let's say that I bought a car that cost $50,000. The maintenance cost over 5 years is $25,000. The revenue of the car over 5 ...
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Why is the number of issued shares less than the number of outstanding shares

We know that #issued shares = #outstanding shares + #treasury shares. So the number of issued shares must be greater than treasury shares by definition. However, Starbucks' fiscal 2014 From 10-K ...
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Buying shares in a company after you quit

US law dictates that you cannot buy / sell shares in a company you work for except during open trading windows. I understand lockout periods when you're in a company but what about after you quit? ...
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what does “private equity structures” mean?

I'm translating an article about finance. What does "private equity structures" mean in this context - He said that popular ways for UHNWs to invest in real estate included property club deals ...
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When is an IPO considered failure? [closed]

I am reading case of Air Berlin IPO. It has detail that investors where unhappy as the operating profit was less and company's strategy was not aligned to increase profit. But why did knowing ...
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Can a non dividend-paying product (say ETF) suddenly start paying dividends?

If I buy shares of a product that currently does not pay dividends, can it theoretically/technically start paying dividends in the future?
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Ongoing Automatic Investment Fee

When a DRIP plan says "Ongoing Automatic Investment Fee", is that the amount of money they take every month? In the case of Hershey's DRIP, it says it's $2. Does that mean if someone invests $50 a ...
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Does a mutual fund's return include fees?

If a mutual fund's published YTD return is 3%, and it has an up-front sales charge of 5% and a 12b1 fee of 2%, are these fees included in the YTD return, or would the "real" return be 3%-5%-2% = -4%?
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Basic questions about investing in stocks

I've had some questions regarding stocks that have been bothering me for a while. They are naive, but that is the whole point: to understand what they are and fix my misconceptions. What is a stock? ...
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How to calculate mutual fund return

How do you calculate the annual return of a mutual fund? I understand roughly how mutual funds work, and I'm trying to decide which mutual funds to invest in, but to prove to myself that I understand ...
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Why should a company go public?

For someone who holds stock in a privately held startup (through exercised employee options) is it preferable to see the company aiming to go public so that stock can be sold on the open market? It ...
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Long term drip (dividend reinvestment plan) stock

I sold a Home Depot stock that I will take in cash and deposit into TD amertrade. Is their tax on this? I want to reinvest in mutual funds. We purchased HD over a 15 yr time period in California. I ...
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Understanding bid and offer prices in CFD's

I am currently researching the mechanics of CFD trading and, being new to this, am a bit confused about certain terms. I understand that the "bid" is the price that the CFD is sold at and the "offer" ...
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Do ETF owners buy and liquidate units from the market when gap between market value and value of underlying shares is large?

Due to various reasons, an ETF, even an index ETF might trade at a value lower that the value of its underlying securities. In such a situation, can the company managing the ETF actually buy from the ...
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Compounded Interest on Mutual Funds

I may be missing or misunderstanding something regarding how compound interest works with mutual funds and ETFs. Let's say I have $10,000, and I invest said monies in mutual fund XXXXX at $100/share, ...
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Currency forward rates

I'm looking at EUR/USD forward rates here: http://www.investing.com/currencies/eur-usd-forward-rates Can someone explain, in very simple terms, what do the bid/ask prices mean? And what is the ...
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How did this day trader lose so much?

I recently read this article about a day trader that lost $100,000: A trader started a GoFundMe page to pay back $100,000 to E-Trade after a disastrous short Please explain this, because I can not ...
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Why would a stock price raise above an initial tender offer price?

Company X received a tender offer buyout price of $8.50/share. Fast forward 10 days later and the share price has exceeded the $8.50 offered. Is this common and what is happening? It was in the offer ...
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Name of investment where capital guaranteed?

I remember briefly hearing about an investment type which guarantees your initial investment. So you are able to make a reasonable (but not mind-blowing) profit but the initial capital that you pay is ...
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Which bank is my Discover card through?

I have used Visa exclusively for 15, now I have my first Discover card. A notable difference is that Visa always carries the name of the bank (for me it was Chase); but the Discover card does not. ...
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Emulating a 'long straddle' without buying or selling Options?

If I go long and short a stock simultaneously, with a 1:50 leverage, and place a stop loss on both for when a 10% loss is reached, isn't this the exact same principle as the long straddle strategy ...
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Can Mutual Funds Invest In the Start Up Market?

This question refers to this article. I can't find Snapchat anywhere on the US stock exchanges as a public company, so I'm assuming that the Fidelity Blue Chip was holding this through the start up ...
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What are some examples of unsecured loans

I am writing an essay on unsecured loans and am now trying to find some examples, so that I may then talk about the pros and cons for each example. I have already mentioned credit cards and an ...
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Why is gold not a good investment? [closed]

The following comment has 18 up votes: Gold is really not a good investment. – Almo (source) What's the deal with it? Is investing in gold bars equally bad as investing in gold jewellery?
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Stock dividends effect on dividend received by shareholder

In CFA level 1 Reading 38, it says Stock dividends are a non-cash form of dividends. With a stock dividend (also known as a bonus issue of shares), the company distributes additional shares ...
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What do the suffixes on stock symbols indicate

For example, this article mentions symbols VZ.N, CVC.N, TWC.N, and CCOI.O. Are these related to share classes and/or warrants? Each of these symbols also seem to exist and can be referenced without ...
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Increasing PE ratio good or bad?

Some stocks like sbux, and nke have continuously increasing PE ratio. Is this a sign of company doing well or a bad sign that company is slowly getting overvalued ?
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Online demat account for stock market

I am planning to open a stock market online account in India. My question is do I need to pay any extra charges on the days when I dont play stock market.