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When shorting a stock, do you pay current market price or the best (lowest) available ask price?

A stock has a last sale price of 2.5 dollars on the NYSE. Say I am shorting 1000 shares of a stock, there's an ask price of 3 dollars for 500 shares. Theres an ask of 3.5 dollars for 250 shares, and ...
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Variable universal life insurance vs traditional long-term investments

I have been considering different ways to generate some returns on my money, rather than just having it sit in a savings account at the bank. My understanding is that the obvious first step is to ...
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Add > 5,500 (excess contribution) to Roth IRA for temporary investment?

I have an standard IRA through work and an additional Roth IRA. I split my contributions between the two accounts. I understand the max contributions to the accounts combined is 5,500 per year. A ...
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SEC Form 144 and Form 4 difference

What is the difference between an SEC Form 144 (Proposed Sale) and an SEC Form 4? For example, this company has filed Form 144's, but not Form 4's. I understand that a Form 144 has more basic ...
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For Non US resident is it better to invest in a start up as a individual or as a company?

What are the tax implications of investing as a company versus as an individual for foreigners (Non US resident)in the US? Which would be better for a foreigner (NON US Citizen) to invest as.
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What is the best strategy for after hours trading?

I'm new to stock market trading and while I do understand the basic concepts; researching the companies, buy low/sell high, and including setting good push/pull calls for both high and low margins. I ...
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SEC forms filed under different company name

I'm trying to find 10-K, 10-Q, or 4 forms for a company called Creative Edge Nutrition (ticker symbol: FITX,) but what I found was forms filed under the name "LAUFER BRIDGE ENTERPRISES, INC." Why is ...
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When investing a settlement, what tax ramifications should be considered?

Let us suppose that someone receives a lump sum settlement from a car accident (personal injury) case and would like to invest it for maximum long-term returns. We will say that the settlement amount ...
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Roth IRA Limits for Dual-Income Family

My wife and I are newly married and are lucky to be making enough to have a small amount left to make in investments on a monthly basis. We're both employed full time and in our early twenties. I ...
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What loan options are there for minors? [duplicate]

I'm not yet 18, but I have been studying business for quite a while, paper trading, investments, etc. at this point, I'd like to try my hand at building some credit and making some money, but I am ...
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Calculating Various Aspects of An Investment

I will be entering a Ph.D. program this coming fall. At some point, I will have to add to my current student debt. Nevertheless, it's a done deal and I am definitely going. I (conservatively) ...
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Can I contribute to an IRA from investment income?

Can one contribute to IRA if the income for the year is received from stock sale only (no W2)? What I have been reading is that in order to contribute $X to IRA I need to have earned $X of income, ...
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Can I roll my current Roth IRA in my name and my spouse's name into a Roth IRA that is only in my spouse's name?

Can I roll my current Roth IRA in my name and my spouse's name into a Roth IRA that is only in my spouse's name?
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Should I care about the expense ratio of the money market fund that holds excess cash in my brokerage account?

In my vanguard roth IRAs brokerage account, uninvested/excess cash is kept in a money market fund, VMMXX. I dont care about earning return on this money; I just keep it in cash to help with ...
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65 views

Online streaming video/audio financial/stock programs

I don't have cable TV, so can't watch CNBC or other financial channels. So can someone suggest some online financial programs? I am looking for both streaming ones (for real-time news) and some talk ...
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Is there any evidence that “growth”-style indexes and growth ETFs outperform their respective base indexes?

For example Vanguard has the Vanguard S&P 500 ETF and the Vanguard S&P 500 Growth ETF. Just looking at the returns, it looks like the growth ETF has outperformed the S&P 500 ETF: ... ...
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Is there any benefit to pooling money with family members to buy a mutual fund?

I'm thinking of investing some money into a mutual fund and am curious whether it's worthwhile to just pool my money with my dad and do so? He already has a mutual fund set up, and I'm curious whether ...
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What should I do with my $25k to invest as a 20 years old?

I have been fortunate enough to learn the skills necessary for a decent paying job at a fairly young age in computer engineering. I have $25k in my checking account, and I need a sensible means of ...
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Allocation between 401K/retirement accounts and taxable investments, as a young adult?

I graduated college last year and began a career at a company with a 401K option. I cannot pull any money out of the Roth 401K without tax consequences or a penalty. I am interested in starting a ...
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Is there any reason to diversify your investments across accounts at multiple/different brokers?

I have a few retirement accounts at Vanguard. I am considering opening a regular non-retirement investment account there. Is there any reason to diversify and open the new account with a different ...
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Is it possible to use an ETF's/index's price near market close to time my investments in its corresponding mutual fund?

I want to make monthly purchases of an S&P 500 index mutual fund. Most of the time (according to the numbers I looked at), if the index closes down for the day, the mutual fund's NAV will decrease ...
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Suppose earning an APR of 7% for 5 years, with interest compounded quarterly. What is the EAR? What is the Total Return?

Suppose you earn an APR of 7% for 5 years, with interest compounded quarterly. What is your EAR? What is your Total Return? The part I am confused is "with interest compounded quarterly" The ...
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How can I determine my basis for a gift of mutual funds?

My parents, saving for college many (20+?) years ago, purchased some Evergreen mutual funds for each of their children. I believe the accounts were established in the children's names. Thanks to some ...
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I'm saving money too fast. What should I do?

[Apologies if this sounds (and is) like a first world problem] I get a very generous salary and I am not a spender. I am able to save $2000-$2500 every month. I've invested part of my money in some ...
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What to do with savings for 3-5 years?

Here's the situation: Married, late 30's, combined income around $170k. 2 toddlers. We owe $360k on a house worth $600k. Only other debt is $20k each in student loans. 401k plans are in order. We have ...
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If the housing market is recovering, why would a REIT index ETF (e.g. VNQ) not be performing well?

As you can see below, the Vanguard REIT ETF fund hasn't been doing very well for the last 6 months, but the housing market seems to be improving every month. Why do we have this difference? VNQ ...
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What to consider before buying (exercising) a family member's private company employee stock options, about to expire?

My brother-in-law is leaving a private tech company. He has $100,000 in stock options (fully vested) which he must either purchase, or abandon completely upon his exit. This is not a startup — ...
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US retirement account types

I'm an 18 year old college student in the US who has a job and decent savings that pays for school and expenses. I have two credit cards to start building credit, but as I start to investing after a ...
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Is there any way to rebalance an investment portfolio while reducing/minimizing taxes?

Say you have a retirement goal of $1 million and reach it by investing a stock. If you want to rebalance and move this money to something safer, say bonds, will this exchange cost you capital gains + ...
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Are there any other investing methods I should look into?

I'm looking into long-term investments. So far, I've looked at stocks, mutual funds, IRAs, and 401Ks. I'm 22 and recently begun my first full time job. I know the basics of these investments, ...
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Tax benefits to buying stocks on Dec 31 vs. one day later?

For an individual in the US (California), are there tax benefits to buying stocks on Dec 31 vs. one day later?
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An index fund in my 401k performed very well this year. How to deal with the gains?

I'm 34. 100% of my 401k goes into an S&P index fund. I'm up about 25% this year. If this were in my brokerage account I'd probably cash out some of the profits and hold onto it and buy more ...
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As an investor or speculator, how might one respond to QE3 taper?

I see on the Internet a lot of talk amongst the financial types that QE3 may/may not taper off. I have owned some mutual funds as part of an IRA for the past year and took advantage of the huge ...
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What are the tax implications of purchasing mutual funds in the US with Australian dollars?

I am a dual citizen of Australia and the US, and a resident of the US. I have some savings in Australia that I would like to use to purchase mutual funds in the US. If I make the purchases using ...
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Can the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC) itself go bankrupt?

The Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC) insures investor accounts up to $500K: Terms of SIPC help. Customers of a failed brokerage firm get back all securities (such as stocks and ...
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Does SIPC protect securities purchased in foreign exchanges?

Suppose I open an account at an SIPC-protected broker (say Interactive Brokers) and buy 500,000$ worth of BP stocks on the LSE (London Stock Exchange). Now suppose Interactive Brokers goes bankrupt, ...
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How can I see the holdings of a mutual fund?

I'd like to be a socially responsible investor. I'd like to be able to blacklist certain companies that I feel are violators of my own social beliefs. cough monsanto cough. I'm finding it to be ...
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401k tax advantage vs lower fees in taxable account

Is there a formula or rule of thumb to help determine when it's better to put money in a 401k, 403b etc. or a regular taxable account assuming similar investments and returns (for example the same ...
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Choosing a vehicle to invest a kid's money on their behalf (college, etc.)?

This is a variation on Strategies for putting away money for a child's future (college, etc.)? My question regards money gifted to a kid (by a family member in this case). What should I ...
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I've got $100K to invest over the next 2 to 7 years. What are some good options?

I have ~$100K in cash right now that I need to put somewhere. I plan on using the money for a down payment on a home sometime in the next 2 to 7 years (if I were a betting man, I'd say in 3.5 years). ...
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What considerations are there for making investments on behalf of a friend?

I've thought of two approaches so far: Pool their money into my own brokerage account and simply split the gains/losses proportional to the amount of money that we've each contributed to the ...
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Is there an online service that provides public company information through a public API?

I want to write an application to gather financial information of public companies and bonds for my own research. Is there any place online that I can do this that has a public API?
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Where can I buy bonds and other securities other than stocks?

I keep hearing that I can only buy bonds and other securities such as Treasury Bills from a broker...the thing is, I don't want to pay a broker (yet). I know I can buy stocks online through a trader ...
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Are there any tax concerns with small periodic vs larger less frequent contributions?

Haven't had to worry about this much with tax my tax advantaged accounts. But I have started up a mutual fund with Vanguard, and I was curious if there are any tax related concerns with investing a ...
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380 views

Are mutual funds a good choice for a medium to low risk investment with a two year horizon?

I have a two year investment horizon, and I will make regular monthly contributions. I prefer investment options with medium to low risk. Are mutual funds a good choice for such a short investment ...
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Sanity check on recommendations from a financial advisor

Recently my wife and I have decided that we make enough money to go see a financial advisor and see how we can be smarter with our money. The most important topic we discussed with the advisor was ...
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Capital Gains Tax - Does this apply only to the actual “gains” or to the entire amount of my sale?

If I buy 10 shares of stock at $10 each I have spent $100 in stocks. If I later sell these within the same year, do I pay taxes only on the difference of the buy price and the sell price [with a ...
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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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When purchasing an IRA, should I contribute to a previously-opened one, or open a new one?

In general - all things being equal with regards to fund availabilities, fees, etc - is it better to add funds to an existing IRA each year, or open new ones? Are there different tax benefits to ...
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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 ...