To be used for questions related to carrying out trade online. Typically used in the context of Stocks trading, can be used for Options or other trades. Related tags are trading, trading-volume, day-trading.

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Executing a stop loss at the purchase price?

Is it a good investing strategy to always to execute a "stop loss" on a stock at the purchase price so that you can go and quickly repurchase at the lower price the stock is moving too? Logically to ...
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Why is a stock trade flat on large volume?

I am looking at a company which has recently a strong spike up following good news. After several days of small pullbacks the stock is flat but the daily volume is high compared to average. When I ...
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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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Is avoiding fees commonly found with CFD trading possible?

I'd like to push my trading experience a bit. I've been looking into opening an account with a broker that offers automated trading (I'm a programmer and would like to use my own trading algorithms). ...
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Understanding the T + 3 settlement days rule

If I: Buy X at time T Sell X at time T' where T' < T +3 Buy Y on T' with proceeds from sale of X. Cannot sell Y before T' +3. Ref:http://www.slideshare.net/mring33/using-java Slide 29 It ...
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Transitioning from paper-trading (demo trading) to real trading?

I have two questions here: When one first starts trading, what are some things that one encounters that paper-trading does not prepare one for? The most common response I see for this question is, ...
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How Does A Special Memorandum Account Work

I've noticed that a lot of brokerage firms mention Special Memorandum Accounts (SMA) within the context of calculating margin requirements for margin accounts. Can anybody explain or perhaps direct ...
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Can you identify this broker/trading platform by looking at this picture?

Can someone identify what broker or trading platform this is?
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Are low commission trading sites safe?

There are sites such as OptionsHouse and TradeKing which offer trades for as low as $4. This is less than half of what's offered from the big brands. Are there any catches or things I should know ...
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Why did my limit buy order execute at a lower price?

A few weeks ago I started to trade American stocks. I have an IB account. Yesterday, I encountered a strange situation. I'm using the IB API. 9:30:56 I sent a limit buy order to IB (Buy MSI at ...
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Steps/Procedures to open an online stock trading account in the US

I follow the business news regularly and I have an avid interest in markets. However, having said that I have not had any prior stock trading experience, though I have practically seen some trading in ...
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How can I verify that a broker I found online is legitimate?

Are online stock trading sites like Scottrade and ShareBuilder safe? Or, are they scam sites?
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Ways to avoid being labeled a pattern day trader

Other than the obvious answer of "don't day trade" what ways can I avoid being labeled a pattern day trader. I've read the rules for when the label is triggered but I'm wondering about some real ...
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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, ...