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Why the need for human brokers while there are computers?

In this day and age there are still human brokers on the trading floor. Computers are perfectly capable of negotiating a deal (buy/sell) in milliseconds when ordered to do so. So why are there still ...
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Is there a standard for naming stocks exchanges? Is there a list of abbreviated names?

If I want to refer to a stock that is traded at a specific exchange how do I specify the name of the exchange? And is there a list of all the shortcuts for the names of all the exchanges in the ...
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If I have all this stock just sitting there, how can I lend it out to people for short selling?

Short sellers need to borrow stock in order to short sell. I understand they typically get this stock through a broker though some sort of arrangement where they pay interest. I was wondering, how ...
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If I sell a stock that I don't have, am I required to buy it before a certain amount of time?

I'm just began playing in the stock market. I just executed a SELL, because I think the market is going down. I don't actually have any of this stock. Apparently, it's quite common strategy. I would ...
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Once stock prices are down, where to look for good stock market deals?

When the market is down (referring to indexes like Dow or S&P), there are stocks that compose those indexes that are down as well (cheaper). I want to find a place (website, forum, etc) that will ...
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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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Online stock brokers for LSE or TWSE?

Which online stock brokers allow trading on the London or Taiwan Stock Exchanges?
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Why do non-electronic stock exchanges (with floor traders) still exist?

Now that a lot of the trading is done electronically why does trading on the "physical" stock exchanges (such as NYSE) still exists? Does every NYSE listed stock sale really go through a trader on the ...
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Are share prices for a company which is listed on multiple exchanges, under multiple currencies, kept in synch?

If a company is listed on two exchanges, say, with share prices in both USD and EUR, are the prices kept in synch with each other, or allowed to float independently? If the prices are coordinated, how ...
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What is the difference between a stop order and a stop limit order?

New to this trading thing. I understand that a stop order will buy a stock if it hits the given amount that I want to pay. And I think I understand that a stop limit order will buy the stock if it ...
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Does an Executed Limit Order Imply a Spot Price?

Suppose I place a limit buy order at $10.00 per share for company XYZ on the NYSE or Nasdaq, while the spot price is say $10.25. If my limit order subsequently executes (whether 5 minutes later or 5 ...
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How come I can't sell short certain stocks? My broker says “no shares are available”

I've noticed that a many times while trying to sell short a stock I get this message. (I use Scottrade as my broker). I think these stocks are being manipulated, for example, stocks like BSFT that ...
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What is the minimum lot size (number of shares) for the London Stock Exchange?

For the Singapore Stock Exchange, the minimum lot size (number of shares) to trade is 1,000 units. I was wondering: What is the minimum purchased unit for the London Stock Exchange? Thanks.
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Since many brokers disallow investors from shorting sub-$5 stocks, why don't all companies split their stock until it is sub-$5

Seems like a no-brainer? I guess if your security is not marginable, it can't be bought long on margin either, but I would also guess for most companies there are more margined shorts than margined ...
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Is there a Way to Bet on the Trade Volume of a Stock?

Say stock ABC trades 100,000 shares per day. I feel strongly that in the near future it will trade 200,000 shares per day. Is there an instrument I can buy to profit on this? To be clear, I don't ...
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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 to map stock ticker symbols to ISIN (International Securities Identification Number)?

How can I can convert ticker symbols (which include information on the exchange) to an International Securities Identification Number (ISIN) (which contains no information on the exchange)? Also I am ...
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Historical stock prices: Where to find free / low cost data for offline analysis?

I am looking for a free way to get a large amount of data on the prices of stocks. I am not a trader or anything like that so it wouldn't be worth it to pay for a service to give me stock prices. I ...
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As someone living in Portugal, how would I buy a stock listed on a Japanese exchange?

I want to support a gaming company (Square Enix) by buying their stock. From what I've seen, my bank only uses major European and international stock exchanges, and from my searches, Square Enix ...
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Why does demand for stock rise when a company appears to have high future value?

So a company decides to raise money by selling shares of its stock. The stock is offered at an initial price of their determination. The stock is then traded in a market where forces of supply and ...
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What other investing strategies exists apart from tracking an index?

I heard that the cheapest and best way to invest is to track an index - buy an index fund. This is good, because the costs are cheaper than other funds and it provides better returns than most ...
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What services do you use to research European stock markets?

I would like to know what are the best services to research stocks on the different European stock markets, I would like to cover all EU member states, if possible.
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What does pink-sheet mean related to stocks?

I see the term pink-sheet mentioned a lot in context of stocks. What does it mean?
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For what dates are the NYSE and U.S. stock exchanges typically closed?

I just noticed the NYSE is closed today for the President's Day (Washington's Birthday) holiday. Is there a comprehensive list of all dates the NYSE would be typically closed for? Would the dates be ...