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What happened in Argentina in 2001 bank sector? did the banks closed? all or some?

What happened in Argentina in 2001 bank sector? did the banks closed? all or some? i am trying to figure out whats the possible scenario to greek banks if greece goes out of euro and into drahma and ...
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Why did the stock chart for Facebook's first trading day show an initial price of $42 when the IPO price was $38?

Facebook was widely reported as having an IPO price of $38. Yet, all the stock charts show Facebook shares priced at $42 until around 11:30 AM, than dropping to $40, and then only at 11:50 AM ...
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Who sets the price and provides the quoted price values for stocks?

I somewhat understand that the price of stocks is determined by the market, but who exactly changes those prices that we see listed on Yahoo! Finance for example? If I own a share in a company listed ...
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Why do gas stations charge different amounts in the same local area?

I've noticed there can be a 5%-10% difference in the price of gas where I live. For example right now the cheapest premium price is $3.85 and the most expensive is $4.17. It's the same state and ...
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What effect does a company's earnings have on the price of its stock?

I have been trying to figure out the answer to this question this afternoon, and it seems like most people are saying that supply/demand determines the price of a stock. It seems that earnings, which ...
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What is a good/reliable source for current and historic gold prices?

In searching for the current and historic price of gold, the kinds of sites I'm finding seem a bit questionable. What is a reputable site for information about current and historic prices for gold?
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Effect of country default on house prices?

What effect would a sovereign default of a European country (i.e. Italy/Greece) have on house prices of the same country that goes in default? What does the previous literature says about similar ...
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Are forward curves useful tools for trading decisions and which informations can be gathered from them?

According to "Investor Words" a forward curve is a graph of forward interest rate values over different time periods. A forward curve is a way of evaluating the time value of money. How are those ...
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How does a dealer (or market maker) earn the bid-ask spread on a stock?

If I am correct, dealers purchase assets for their own accounts, and later sell them for a profit from their inventory. But the spreads is the difference between buy (or "bid") prices and sell (or ...
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How do economists gather retail price data, such as for tracking inflation?

How do economists track the prices of things like milk, produce, furniture and other retail products? Do they have people with clipboards going out to stores and gathering data? Scrape web sites? ...
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When is a good time to invest in gold? In what situations is the price of gold likely to drop?

When is a good time to invest in gold? What are situations likely to trigger a drop in gold prices? What are alternatives to gold?
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Can mutual fund prices have opening gaps? Might my order to be filled at a higher price?

My broker offers limit orders on mutual funds. I was curious if mutual funds have open gaps like stocks do. If I want to buy a fund if it goes up to a certain price, would it be safe to set a limit to ...
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Why are the prices of some commodities (e.g. oil) more volatile than others?

Why are the prices of some commodities (e.g. oil) more volatile than others?
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How to translate old price amounts to their modern day equivalents?

I hope this is the right place to ask. :) I'm currently working on what is to be a wiki/encyclopedic website. Some articles contain amounts or prices like construction costs and such, but since these ...
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How is the opening-day price of a stock decided?

I have read the the IPO price of a stock is set by underwriters, who then sell to (typically) institutional and "special" investors. Once the stock is ready for the stock exchange, who decides what ...
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Should the price of fuel in Australia at this point be so high?

Checking the government websites (Australia) regarding the fuel prices and what influences them: International benchmark prices Taxes Other costs and margins Additionally there is this strange ...
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Why does a stock's price fluctuate so often, even when fresh news isn't available?

I get it that the price of a stock goes up and down as fresh news is released, positive or negative. However, fresh news is released only at certain times while the price of a stock changes (by ...
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How can travel agents offer lower fares than what's listed at online travel sites?

What is the secret behind travel agents being able to offer airline tickets at rates lower than Expedia, Orbitz, CheapOair and other sites? No matter how hard I search online, it seems the agent ...
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Who sets the prices on government bonds?

I noticed my country Greece wanted to sell bonds last year and they were stating "If they go above 7% we won't sell.". But who sets the price if not them? Why can't they say "the price is 5% and if ...
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Is there a source of airfare / airline price historical data for particular routes?

Is there a web site that gives you historic data for airfares on a particular route? So for example you punch in Round Trip JFK to Heathrow and it gives you the data for, let us say, the past year.
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Got a large cash sum, wanna buy stocks. Should I buy all at once, or spread it over time?

Suppose that I just received a large sum of money, that I want to use to buy stocks. Is there an advantage to split my stocks purchases over a period of time, to protect me against the risk that ...
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Where can I find a definition of psychological barriers with respect to marketable securities?

Where can I find a definition about psychological barriers with respect to marketable securities? Re: the apparent phenomenon that stock prices sometimes tend to have difficulty crossing some ...
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How can I find out what factors are making a stock's price rise?

For example: Fannie Mae went up ~20% today, February 3, 2011. How come? What websites have you found to be useful in returning relevant information? It seems to me Yahoo Finance is not very good at ...
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Can gold prices vary between two places or country at the same time?

Can gold prices vary between two places or countries at the same point in time ? Here is an answer but I am looking for a more detailed answer.
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In the stock market, why is the “open” price value never the same as previous day's “close”?

This is something that is mind-boggling to me, and it is particularly obvious in candlestick graphs: Why is the open value never the same as the previous day's close value? This is something I just ...