The cost of a good or service.

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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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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 ...
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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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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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Is the best ask price the ask at the “top” of the order book? What is the “top” of the book?

In the level 2 book from BATS with live data, the right hand part of the page shows the best Bid(s) and the Best Ask(s). Example: How come the best Ask is not at the top of the book? From what i ...