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Question about dividends and giant companies [duplicate]

Before asking any questions I'd like to say that I'm not an economist, investor, entrepreneur etc. I just want to know how the world works. My first question is why would giant companies (Apple, ...
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How to get access to level 2 stock? [on hold]

So I was considering starting up a website and I was hoping to include level 2 stock quote but I'm not certain how to even get access to the data and upload it? where can I get it and how much do I ...
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Is a robo-adviser worth the risk?

I've seen a lot of talk lately about robo-advisers that manage stock portfolios for minimal expenses. The expenses are usually paid by ETF's. I am not very well versed in all this stock and ...
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Why is it rational to pay out a dividend?

Imagine a mature company, which has stable earnings and made a profit this year. The company is planing to pay out a part of this earnings to its shareholders. Assuming the stock price goes down ...
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How do ETF fees get applied?

I'm reading the prospectus for an ETF I've recently purchased. It states: fees paid directly from your investment I understand how this works for the OCF. However, there are 3 further fees for ...
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Why big differences in historical prices for this one REIT stock at Yahoo, Google, and Stockcharts

Here are three links to historical prices for STWD, Starwood Property Trust Inc: Google finance: https://www.google.com/finance?q=NYSE%3ASTWD&ei=jUG2VpjZM4uEjAGpq5voDw StockCharts.com: ...
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What usually happens to the Stock Market when it opens on Monday? [on hold]

I have a few contracts on FTSE 100 and I am wondering what a Monday morning would be like. I imagine that there will be a lot of initial movement due to all the trades that some brokers let you queue ...
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Stocks and Bonds in Roth IRA vs non-tax-advantaged

I have an account with Vanguard. I have a Roth IRA, Rollover IRA (from my 401k from a previous job), and I have a standard non-tax-advantaged account. Currently, all 3 accounts are fully Vanguard ...
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Is robinhood backed up by an insurance company

Robinhood is a mobile broker that charges $0 commission, but because it's unclear how their business model makes money, I have read a lot of skeptical threads about it.... My question is that is this ...
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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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How to make a long term investment for someone young in Canada [closed]

Here is my situation. I am 23 years old/debt free/ at school. I have 60-70k to invest I am a complete beginner from Canada/Quebec What are the best vehicles to make long term investment? I ...
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Yahoo Finance - Data inconsistencies between historic and current data

I am having trouble with what seems like an inconsistency of units with Yahoo Finance API data. The issue relates to whether I'm getting the current price or historic price. The current price is ...
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Index funds with dividends?

I'm new to buying stocks. I've done a bit of reading about investing in the stock market. Some people seem to recommend index funds. Other people seem to recommend only buying stocks that pay ...
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What's the folly with this stock selection strategy

I am very leery of investing in Stocks over here. I have tested some other Asian markets and gotten some returns. Rather than have my money depreciate (less interest than Current Inflation ), I'd ...
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How do I buy shares in companies traded on the Taiwan Stock Exchange from the US?

I'm looking to buy (and hold for years) a tiny position in a stock that's traded on the Taiwan Stock Exchange. Are there any online brokers I can do this with? If there are, how much will I have to ...
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What effect would a company delisting from the LSE to move to china have on shareholders?

If a company trading on LSE:AIM decides to delist and move to a Chinese market, what happens to the PI's and general shareholders?
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What should I do to buy small amount of shares?

Let's assume the following scenario: I have 5000$ which I am willing to invest(lose). I selected 5 public companies that I would like to buy shares. Is there a way for me (an immigrant who works in ...
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What causes a stock to drop in price?

sorry for some minor grammar issues its late and I'm trying to get as much information for a class of mine. So what exactly is making the price of a stock to go down even though as an example through ...
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Where to invest, that compounds interest more than annual?

Forgive my ignorance, I found this webpage compounding weekly and noticed the 0.24% 7 day rate. I have heard that there were secure investment vehicles that compounded interest more frequently than ...
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Is it wise to invest in a stock with a large Div yield?

Looking at the stocks for BHP it shows a Div yield of 11.23%. This seems quite appealing to me, despite the fact that the price is going down simply because of the huge interest I would get on my ...
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Tropical Trade Stock Trading

Is Tropical Trade a valid stock trading company? I would like to start investing but I want to know the validity of the trading company.
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How are stock buybacks not considered insider trading?

If, for example, a company knows it is about to have a large, long-term windfall (such as landing a major contract), it could use this knowledge to increase its value by initiating a buyback. How is ...
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Can a CEO short his own company?

I'm just curious, it seems a CEO could make a lot of money by shorting a huge amount of shares on his company through a third party and then purposefully tanking the company before being fired. Surely ...
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Is it better to miss the dividend and buy the undervalued stock?

I understand that if you buy a stock on or after the ex date you wont receive the dividend. But as the stock will drop on the ex date, Is this not an excellent opportunity to buy the stock at a ...
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Is there a register that shows the companies with notifiable interest in a stock?

I am based in the UK but the question is global where it applies. In the UK if a company holds more than 3% of stock, they must issue an RNS stating their holdings as they have a notifiable interest. ...
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What's the difference between stocks and shares?

I'm doing some research into investing in shares (or stocks, not sure which) and I keep getting confused between shares and stocks. Are they the same thing? Even on this site the two tags exist and ...
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Stock grant, taxes, and the IRS

As a retention incentive, I was granted stock (about $60,000) in my employers privately owned company. The stock grant went through payroll in December and had FICA taken out but no income tax. I ...
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Why do companies award stock as opposed to cash?

Why do some companies award stock as opposed to cash? Specifically, I'm speaking about unrestricted stock awards that can be sold immediately or held indefinitely. This is basically a cash award --- ...
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Why is the number of issued shares less than the number of outstanding shares

We know that #issued shares = #outstanding shares + #treasury shares. So the number of issued shares must be greater than treasury shares by definition. However, Starbucks' fiscal 2014 From 10-K ...
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What happens when they run out of letters?

All the companies on the stock market are represented by three characters. Assuming 26 letters and 10 numbers, this results in 46656 possible combinations (unless my math is wrong), which is a lot ...
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Investing - Private Equity Placement in a Public Company

The CEO (Sheri McCoy) of publicly traded Avon (NYSE:AVP) recently stated that "our shares are too cheap to take the [entire] company private". While AVP's shares are in fact very cheap, Question 1 - ...
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Stock grant and taxes [duplicate]

As a retention incentive, I was granted stock (about $60,000) in my employers privately owned company. The stock grant went through payroll in December and had FICA taken out but no income tax. I ...
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Why is stock dilution legal?

What I always heard, since I was a child, was that if you own a stock share, you actually own a small share of a company. That seems to be the general consensus of what a stock share is. Well, that ...
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Is contango a contradiction?

If a market is in contango the futures curve slopes upward as forward prices are higher than today. It is also true that prices must fall as they converge toward the spot price at the time of maturity ...
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Would investing equally in all 30 companies which comprise the DJIA net the same performance as the DJIA?

I'm new to investing, so I'm hoping someone could clear this up for me. As I understand it, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) comprises of 30 major American companies. Let's say, hypothetically ...
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How do stock trades actually go through? [duplicate]

I am trying to get a handle on how stock trades actually go through practically. Let's assume a stock with only one buyer and one seller to make things easier to understand. Scenario 1: Alice has an ...
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Do real-time stock charts list the last trade price, or a short term average?

So, in the real-time charts I have access to, the stock price is updated every 1 minute. Let's say, stock XXX's price at 3:24 PM is $65.66, and then at 3:25 PM it jumps up to $65.78. Does this mean: ...
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Buying shares in a company after you quit

US law dictates that you cannot buy / sell shares in a company you work for except during open trading windows. I understand lockout periods when you're in a company but what about after you quit? ...
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How does Big Money work? (i.e. stocks, Enron, net worth) [closed]

Here's how I understand it, as explained by the following example: Suppose I start with no assets. Suddenly I inherit a net 10,000,000 shares of a given stock, valued at $100 per share. For the sake ...
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Do any exchange platforms offer the ability to activate a trailing stop loss when the price reaches a certain amount?

Let's say that ABC is at $1.10 and my desired entry point is $1. I send a buy limit at $1. The price drops and that order is filled. Next a 2% trailing stop loss is entered that will only be activated ...
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Value investing

Does value investing work? More specifically, I've taken Dr. Damodaran's course on valuation (available online at his website) and have read parts of his textbook "Investment Valuation", and am coming ...
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Using pivot points to trade in the short term

How do I go about identifying pivot points on a chart to help me trade in the short term (say between a couple of days to a couple of weeks, as I don't want to do day trading)? I understand that a ...
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What is the Blue Line in these stock Charts?

Can someone tell me what the blue line in this chart represents? http://finviz.com/quote.ashx?t=LPTH&ty=c&p=d&b=1 I'm guessing EMA. Probably wrong, though.
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Can a Company which is listed at OTC and TSX considered to be serious?

You always read that the OTC market is not serious and you should not invest in companies which are listed on such markets. But what about companies, which are listed there as well as on the Toronto ...
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Is it best to exercise options shares when they vest, or wait

For my situation, is it better for me to exercise all my option shares whenever they vest (are exercisable), or is there any advantage to waiting? What are the pros and cons? What is the tax aspect, ...
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Calculating the Free Cash Flow (FCF)

I'm working on fundamental analysis on a public company, and am trying to calculate the Free Cash Flow for Facebook (FB) for the latest quarter - ending Sep 30, 2015, as shown below and would like to ...
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Strange values in ARM.L price data 1998-2000 from Yahoo

I use Yahoo Finance to download stock price data in CSV. In the data of one particular ticker - ARM.L (ARM Holdings PLC @ LSE) I see the prices swinging between 2p and 3000-5000 GBP in the first 2 ...
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What is it about company performance that causes the perceived value of its stock to rise? [duplicate]

Many stocks don't pay dividends, and it's not like a shareholder has any direct financial gain from increased company earnings. Plus, they can only benefit from earnings if the company goes bankrupt ...
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What is down -34% in stock terms?

Apple is now at 100.54, all time high is 134.54, #AAPL is now down -34%. I fail to comprehend the above sentence. The way I usually interpret it, say if a stock all time high is 100, it is down 30%, ...
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Fundamentals Look Great, What Now? [closed]

So after days of fundamental analysis on hunderds of stocks, I've narrowed it down to three that seem really good. Their margins are good, ratios are good, EPS and P/E are good, etc. What is the next ...