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Calculating long intervals of Interest

Small interval calculations is fairly straight forward. But what about long intervals. If a loan's daycount is set to Actual/Actual and the duration has run into two different DayCount intervals, how ...
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Do mutual fund companies deliberately “censor” their portfolios/funds?

In Survivorship Bias, David McRaney writes: In finance, this is a common pitfall. The economist Mark Klinedinst explained to me that mutual funds, companies that offer stock portfolios, ...
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Which are assets? Which are liabilities? [closed]

Way to financial independence is buying assets instead of liabilities, right? Can anyone give list of popular assets? By assets I mean things which create money and by liability I mean things which ...
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How to execute a large stock purchase, relative to the order book?

I am looking to buy my first stock, it is TLN, and I want to buy about 3300 stocks. Looking at the order book on yahoo, it looks like this: Bid Price Size 10.46 200 10.45 100 10.44 100 ...
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Definition of basis and cobasis in a chart

In this article https://monetary-metals.com/silver-price-spikes-but-what-demand-4-oct-2015/, there is a chart of basis and cobasis. For basis I found too many different meanings and for cobasis ...
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Why buy insurance?

I don't understand why people buy insurances when they know that odds are is not their favor. Is it not better bet to stay uninsured, and save money? I am not talking about house insurance. About ...
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Will getting a second credit card from Citibank lower my average account age on my credit report?

I just got a new credit card from Citibank (double cash back card). Whenever the Citibank Visa for Costco is available, I would like to get that too. When I get the Costco card will this lower my ...
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Can a bank make you convert your HELOC into a loan? [closed]

Can a bank make you convert your Home equity line of credit (HELOC) to a loan?
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How do dividend reinvestment purchases work?

Typically if I buy a stock I buy the stock from some guy selling the stock. If I own AAPL I receive a ~2% annual dividend payout which I choose to reinvest automatically. Who am I buying these ...
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Why don't SPY, SPX, and the e-mini s&p 500 track perfectly with each other?

These tickers (SPY, SPX, /ES) are all based off the S&P 500 yet the relative lows and highs diverge. Can someone provide a basic explanation what causes this to happen? I feel like it may stem ...
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How can I tell what is “real” Motley Fool advice?

I clicked on a link and was taken to a video, which troubled me a bit and is a bit different from what I expect of the Motley Fool, of which people have presented as offering advice like "Live below ...
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How does inflation rate affect debt payoff strategy?

When reading a comment by user Philipp on this answer, he states: [W]hen the debt is in a currency which has an average inflation rate larger than the interest [in this case 0%], you essentially ...
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Does bull/bear market actually make a difference?

This may be an extremely naive question, but it is often discussed on the news, here and in person (at least in financial circles) that it is easy to make money in a bull market, and harder to make ...
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What is an undervalued or overvalued bond?

Here's a small excerpt from Bond Valuation section on Investopedia: Determining Whether a Bond Is Under or Over Valued What you need to be able to do is value a bond like we have done before ...
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Dividend yeild per unit

I have been reading the intelligent investor, on chapter 4 page 91 Graham goes on to say.. While our proposed 50–50 division is undoubtedly the simplest “all-purpose program” devisable, it may ...
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Stocks: do Good Till Cancelled orders get executed during after hours?

If I place a stop loss GTC order on my shares at $80, and it reaches that price during pre-market or after hours, will my order get executed? I ask because a lot of the time the stock opens at a ...
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What exactly is the interest rate that the Fed is going to adjust?

Lately, the financial press talks non-stop about the Fed doing this and that to the interest rate. What exactly is this interest rate that the financial press is talking about? Why is this Fed ...
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Should I care about expense ratios?

I've never been an investor before, but I recently came into some money. In my understanding, expense ratios for mutual funds and ETFs are typically incorporated into the yield or ticker price. If ...
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Free float is expressed as percentage of shares issued or shares outstanding?

Quiet often, one sees the free float expressed as a percentage number, e.g. http://www.pse.com.ph/stockMarket/companyInfo.html?id=154&security=165&tab=0 The question is, is the free float ...
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What exactly is a “derivative”?

I haven't been able to find exactly what a derivative means. It seems to be some sort of cross of insurance, stock, and lay-a-way. When I try to look it up, all I find is all the problems not ...
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Why does ExxonMobil's balance sheet show more liabilities than assets?

In analyzing balance sheet of ExxonMobile, based off of Yahoo Finance report, we run into the following figures for the year: Current Assets: 51,647,000 Total Liabilities: 175,592,000 Now Current ...
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Liquidity Balance Sheet

Should be or should we not deduct long term debt along with current liabilities from total current assets to arrive at current asset value per share?
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What does it mean to borrow short and lend long?

What does it mean that institution borrowed short and lent long?it would be great if u may use a comprehensive example. Thank you very much.
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When is the right time to pay my credit?

I am confused on when is the right time to pay my credit. Here is what is written in the paper included with my card. Statement Date: 21st of the month Payment Due Date: 24 days after statement ...
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converting annual interest rate to monthly when compounding frequency known

Just like the title I'm looking for the formula to convert APR to monthly when I also know compounding frequency eg APR is 8% and being compounded daily what is the monthly interest rate I earn. Or ...
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First Home Purchase - Understanding Closing Costs

My loan officer earlier gave me an estimate of $11,485 towards closing cost, now when I applied for loan I see the estimate going up to $17,110. For example the Origination Fee Charge ...
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Can anyone help me understand my loan payment?

My loan was $40500 for five years with 9% interest per year. I do not understand the total I would have to pay. I have been paying 700 per month since 2006 and it feels like I've been paying forever. ...
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How soon in advance to cancel a credit card to avoid the annual fee?

Last year I applied for a credit card (Delta Gold Amex) in order to get 50K bonus miles with the first year annual fee waived. I'm about to cash in the miles and I have never paid a dime in interest. ...
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How To Interpret Share Prices?

During conversation shares in Google came up as a topic. Out of interest I Googled the share price for Google and was presented the following: Google Inc. (GOOG) -NasdaqGS 523.40 My ...
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If I was to buy something a day before my due date for my credit card bill, would I be charged interest?

First of all, I am a resident of Canada. I am sort of new to credit cards, so I hope my question makes sense. I've had my card for a few months ago and I've always payed the balance in full by the ...
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What does “issued XXX and YYY shares” mean?

I'm looking at a random company, Hain Celestial Group (HAIN). Their 10-Q from 2014-11-07 says on the first page: "As of November 3, 2014 there were 50,460,313 shares outstanding of the registrant’s ...
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How do parent companies collect/handle net income from their subsidiaries?

Say Company A purchased 100% of Company B, and in 2012 Company turned over a net income of $X Were Company B to be its own owner, the $X would go in their "pockets", their bank account. But seeing ...
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Why do futures traders write months in a strange way?

I was reading up a bit on futures and found that futures clearing merchants write months in a very unexpected way: Month Month Code January F February G March H April J May ...
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What does bank do with “Repaid Principal”? [closed]

When a bank on its loaned amounts receives payments towards repayment of the principal, what does it do with this amount received by them as "Repaid Principal"? Does this amount received as "Repaid ...
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Is Bitcoin practical? How does Bitcoin actually work in real life? It's a good way to invest? Did you use it only for shopping? [Edit] [closed]

How can I use Bitcoin? Is it convenient to convert euros/currency to Bitcoin and use it for shopping? Or is it better to hold the Bitcoin hoping for it to become more valuable and reconvert some back ...
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Learnvest vs. Wealthfront: Advantages and disadvantages for a beginner investor

I am very beginner in terms of investing, financial planning and growing my money to save for the future. My objective is to be able to start covering those bases by getting education as well as find ...
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College student lacking investment experience: How to begin investing money? [closed]

I am right now a college student with very little experience investing. I have a little bit of money now that I am looking to invest to increase it. how should I go about this? I have access to stock ...
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What do the points in a stock market index epresent?

For instance after the GFC, the ASX All Ords fell to about 3200. It last closed at 5777.2 (http://www.asx.com.au/) But what do these points actually mean in terms of what they represent?
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Would the lender care about getting regular payments, or just their total interest? [closed]

What will be the banks or lending institutions be more interested in; Making interest on a loan in a uniform manner Simply netting the required amount of interest In the second case, it wouldn't ...
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New to stock market, need some help understanding 'Stock Last Price v Ask Price'?

I entered Investopedia's Simulator game and was looking to buy some shares of Netflix. This is the data at the time: Last Price 574.60 Ask Price 574.76 When I placed my market buy order of 100 ...
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Book Value vs Market Value of PWT.TO

I'm new to this forum, so please excuse if my formatting or something is wrong. Anyways, I had a question regarding stocks. The particular question is regarding PWT.TO; Penn West Petroleum Ltd. on ...
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Using simple moving average in Equity

I have read about simple moving average. However I am still not able to analyse on how to use it in equity(Stocks). I have read about many SMA, 5 day SMA, 10 day SMA and 200 day SMA. However want ...
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Can someone please help me understand Foreign Exchange Rates?

As an example, this page gives the following rates: AUD/USD: Bank buys (I want to receive/sell) - 0.882 Bank sells (I want to send/buy) - 0.7448 Does this mean that if I want to ...
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Is forward P/E calculated using current price(if yes, how useful is it)?

From my understanding, F1/F2 P/E is calculated using forward estimated EPS. And It seems to be impossible to predict future price (otherwise everyone just follow the Est. price) However, if it's ...
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should the Market Capitalization be equal to the Equity of the firm

I am new in finance and I was wondering the following probably stupid questions that I don't seem to find answer anywhere. When the owner of a firm decides to make its firm public should the Market ...
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Why do stocks go up? Is it due to companies performing well, or what else? [duplicate]

I searched for this question but I didn't get any convincing answer. What everyone says is that if a company does well (I assume this means the company has good returns on its projects) then people ...
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How are stocks in an IPO allocated to investors

Example: the VRL Logistics IPO was subscribed 74x, how is it decided who gets shares and who doesnt? This is assuming the number of those who applied at the highest price point is still greater than ...
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Market Cap lower than Shares Outstanding x Share Price?

Why would the market cap for a company be lower than its shares outstanding x share price? Example: Meggitt trades at 544 a share with shares outstanding of 801,960,000. Their market cap is 4.37 ...
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What does “interest rates”, without any further context, generically refer to?

There's an old Far Side cartoon where someone discovers a guy in a room full of telephones behind a door labeled 'They' and shouts something like "MORTIMER STANLEY! So you're the they in 'That's what ...
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How does a CFD work behind the scenes?

I'm curious as to how the Contracts For Difference (CFDs) work. I understand how they work for the consumer side - you enter into an agreement to pay/be paid the difference between the stock price at ...