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Why is the stock market closed on the weekend?

It's all digital and done with computers these days, so why bother? Doesn't that just make the system less liquid, which is the opposite to one aim of having the stock market? Plus can't you just ...
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How did this day trader lose so much?

I recently read this article about a day trader that lost $100,000: A trader started a GoFundMe page to pay back $100,000 to E-Trade after a disastrous short Please explain this, because I can not ...
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Why do stock prices of retailers not surge during the holidays?

My six-year-old (!) son asked me this question and I didn't have an answer, so I told him I'd get back to him. He asked why people don't buy a large number of shares of a company before the holiday ...
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How does a public company issue new shares without diluting the value held by existing shareholders?

When a public company issues new shares, the total number of shares traded in a secondary market goes up. Assuming there is no change in the fundamentals of the company and the profitability, I would ...
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How to invest in stocks without using an intermediary like a broker? Can shares be bought direct?

I am looking to buy stocks but I would like to do so without a broker. From what I can tell, the exchanges are good ole boys clubs that require you know (or pay) someone in order to participate. Am I ...
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Will the popularity of index funds cause a pricing bubble in the stocks that make up an index?

I can't help but notice the popularity of index mutual funds over actively managed funds. I think all the arguments are sound, but I have one worry: Index funds are run by buying the stocks listed ...
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What happened when the dot com bubble burst?

The Wikipedia article on the dot-com bubble defines it as: a speculative bubble covering roughly 1995–2000 (with a climax on March 10, 2000 with the NASDAQ peaking at 5132.52 in intraday trading ...
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Does it make sense to buy an index ETF (e.g. S&P 500) when the index is at an all-time high?

I have some money I intend to invest over the next 3-4 years. An important chunk of my portfolio would be invested in a stock market index ETF such as one representing the S&P 500. Unfortunately, ...
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What is the rationale behind stock markets retreating due to S&P having a negative outlook on the USA?

From a Bloomberg article published on 18/4/2011 Standard & Poor’s put a “negative” outlook on the AAA credit rating of the U.S., citing a “material risk” the nation’s leaders will fail to deal ...
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Should I continue to invest in an S&P 500 index fund?

I am saving to buy a house in 5-8 years. This year I invested $40,000 in a prominent ETF which tracks with the S&P 500. So far, I've lost $3,250, that is the stocks are now worth $36,750. I save $...
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What does it mean for a company to have its market cap larger than the market size?

Let's say for example, the refrigerator market is sized at 10 million dollars (hypothetical example), if the market cap of a company is, say, 20 million, is it worth investing in the stock? Can it ...
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When would one actually want to use a market order instead of a limit order?

I'm new to investing. I'm looking into using an online discount broker to experiment with private trading. I'm in a position I don't mind losing money, but I don't want to lose more than I put in. ...
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Where should I invest to hedge against the stock market going down?

Let's say that the stock market falls in value for whatever reason. Maybe a bank or two goes out of business, for example, and stocks fall 20-30%. What would you invest in if you were sure this was ...
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Are stock prices likely drop off a little bit on a given friday afternoon?

My friend told me this but I can't find any information about it on the internet. His theory is that traders generally tend to close their positions on the Friday because they don't want to be ...
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Why is this stock price inflated by 70x its real price?

The price for CSP1 (London Stock Exchange) has a short term price history that indicates the prices are roughly 7000% of what they are in reality. For example, on Jan 29th 2016 the price was reported ...
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If you own 1% of a company's stock, are you entitled to 1% of its assets?

Say you own 1% of company ABC's shares. If all of a sudden there is no more demand in the stock market for company ABC's stocks, and its share price dropped down to $0, can you claim 1% of company ABC'...
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If I put in a limit order for the same price and size as someone else, which order goes through?

I put a limit buy order for 1000 shares at $1.26, and another investor has also put a limit buy order in for the same amount and volume. If someone sells 1000 shares at $1.26, which one of us gets the ...
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How websites like Google have access to stock market data? [closed]

I was wondering, How websites such as Yahoo finance and Google can access market data? Do they buy API from somewhere?
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Am I exposed to currency risk when I invest in shares of a foreign company that are listed domestically?

If a multinational firm based in country A is listed in both country A and country B, and I invest in this firm as a resident of country B through country B's stock exchange, either through something ...
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What does “more buyers than sellers” in technical analysis of stocks actually mean?

I often hear/read technical analysts looking at volume and price action on a chart and claiming that there are "more buyers than sellers" or vice versa. Since every trade requires a buyer and a ...
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Am I understanding buying options on stock correctly

I'm just wondering if I am understanding Stock options correctly. Basically if I am watching stock XYZ. It's currently at $10 per share which I believe is low and should raise to 20 within 1 month. ...
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When is the best time to put a large amount of assets in the stock market?

I'm interested in timing with regards to long-term index investing. Based on the advice of The Investor's Manifesto and others (John Bogle, William Bernstein) they stress how big a difference ...
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What is the smartest thing to do in case of a stock market crash

What would be the best thing to do, if the stock market crashes? Should one invest in real estate, fonds, bonds or stocks? Or should one invest nothing at all? Since this could be the case soon it ...
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is the bankruptcy of exchange markets possible?

Because exchanged markets like NASDAQ or NYSE are normal public businesses can they go into bankruptcy ? Supposedly they went into mysterious bankruptcy then what will happen to the listed companies ...
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What is the point of the stock market? What is it for, and why might someone want to trade or invest?

Sometimes you have to explain this to young people or people unfamiliar with the stock market. Why would a company want to be a stock company? Why would a person want to trade stocks? How does a ...
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Can one see the transactions in the stock market?

If I am interested to see the individual transactions in a certain exchange market (e.g. NYSE) for a certain stock (e.g. GOOG) - is it possible?
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Which technical analysis indicators are considered leading stock market indicators?

Most technical analysis indicators are lagging indicators (will indicate a buy after the opportunity to buy has happened), there are also co-incident indicators that suggest a buy opportunity is ...
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Can a trade happen “in between” the bid and ask price?

According to Investopedia: By looking for trades that take place in between the bid and ask, you can tell when a strong trend is about to come to an end. This is because these trades are often ...
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Can I open an investment account in the United States as a Green Card holder?

Can a green card holder open a Schwab investment account as a normal US citizen would, or most they open an International account? Funds to use would all be coming from a US bank and not overseas.
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Can Mutual Funds Invest In the Start Up Market?

This question refers to this article. I can't find Snapchat anywhere on the US stock exchanges as a public company, so I'm assuming that the Fidelity Blue Chip was holding this through the start up ...
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Why are some long term investors so concerned about their entry price?

A long term investor is usually defined as someone who enters an investment for, say, 10, 20, 30 years or more. Generally they buy an investment to help meet a certain objective in their lives (e.g. ...
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Will the stock market continue to grow forever?

I am relatively new to investing. I understand that the stock market, in some sense, reflects what happens in the real economy. For example, if the U.S. economy grows, the stock market in the long ...
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As a total beginner, how do I begin to understand finance & stocks?

As the title states, I'm a complete beginner to finance. I haven't had a financial background, by the time I got my first proper job I struggled to understand my wage. I did study engineering and am ...
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Can we estimate the impact of a large buy order on the share price?

What I am trying to understand is: If we know the number of shares a company trades and the current price of the share, can we estimate what volume of trade that is required to move the share price in ...
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What gives non-dividend stocks value to purchasers? [duplicate]

This is a question that has bothered me for awhile about the fundmental nature of the stock market as a whole, and no one has given a satisfying explanation. What is root cause of a stock having ...
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Where does the money go?

I've studied the derivatives market, and I've heard of a number of huge losses by firms; I've heard of individuals forewarning against investing in this market. I never hear about the big winners. ...
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Why does the stock market consistently overreact to the business cycle?

It's been shown time and time again (e.g. in Stocks for the Long Run) that the most profitable time to buy stocks is when sentiment is poor and that stocks usually recover very quickly at the end of a ...
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Harmony Gold Mining Company is listed on the NYSE and JSE at different prices?

If a company is listed on two separate exchanges the prices are kept similar by arbitrage opportunities. However Harmony Gold trades at $0.953 on NYSE and 1616 south african rand on JSE. The exchange ...
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Does bull/bear market actually make a difference?

This may be an extremely naive question, but it is often discussed on the news, here and in person (at least in financial circles) that it is easy to make money in a bull market, and harder to make ...
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With respect to insider trading, what is considered “material information”?

I'm trying to understand what is considered "material" information held by an executive of a company. There is company information that an executive (say insider) will know that a public investor will ...
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Why do volatility stocks/ETFs (TVIX, VXX, UVXY) trend down in the long-term?

I've noticed that stocks/ETFs that measure volatility (TVIX, VXX, UVXY, XVZ) are all trending down massively (eg VXX going from $7000/share on 3/09 and on 6/16 it is around $16/share) in the long-term ...
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Is Stock Trading legal for a student on F-1 Visa in USA?

I'm an international student in US on F1 Visa. I just want to know if how legal is trading stocks on my visa status. I've found some posts on quora that say Trading is completely legal, but should not ...
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Stock trading models that use fundamental analysis, e.g. PEG ratios?

I'm a finance undergrad writing a dissertation on fundamental analysis vs technical analysis applied to trading. I'm finding it easy to build technical indicators such as moving averages, while it ...
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Does the stock market create any sort of value?

Sorry if the below seems like a conspiracy theory. It probably is, but I probably don't understand something. (This has bugged me to no end as long as I can remember.) Okay, so here is what I ...
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Stock market vs. baseball card trading analogy

I will use a baseball card trading analogy to present my question: The baseball card trading market, like any other market, follows the laws of supply and demand. The demand for baseball cards can be ...
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If a stock has only buyers and no sellers how does its price go up?

I have been watching a stock for the past month. Nobody has been selling it, but every day the price has increased. If there are no sellers, it means there is no trading happening, so how can the ...
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Can institutional, quant, or other professional traders “prey on” (make money from) retail investors?

I was recently reading a well known forum, and someone made this post: I worked for a large investment bank about 10 years ago, writing trading programs for quant traders who were market makers....
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Could there be an interest for a company to make their Share price fall?

I am wondering if there is any interest for a company to make statements or to act in any manner such that would make investors refrain from investing in their shares? Take Nintendo recent statement ...
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Money on the table: Lorillard (LO)?

Lorillard (LO) / Reynolds acquisition news was announced today. Reynolds will buy LO for 68.88 per share. However, the stock dropped today to ~ $60.17. The out of the money call options also reflect ...
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What do these numbers mean? (futures)

The S&P closed at 1588.85 on April 12th. On www.bloomberg.com/markets/stocks/futures/ For stock futures, it gives the following data: > Index Future | Future Date | Last S&...