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What are some quick test to check whether a company is in healthy financial status

Usually, before deciding to invest in a company, I prefer to to look at 2 figures in their balance sheet Current asset Current liabilities Very often, I assume the company with Current asset > ...
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2answers
71 views

Settling before T+3?

If I am using an online broker, Merrill Edge, is it possible for my transaction to settle before the third day? I am confused on the settlement process, in theory, couldn't I settle the funds ...
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2answers
152 views

Following an investment guru a good idea?

I was wondering if following the financial moves of a guru like Warren Buffett, a good investment strategy? The reason for asking: Warren Buffett just bought a significant stake in IBM recently. I ...
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1k views

Best way to invest money as a 22 year old?

I currently have a small sum of money of less than $1000, but will be reaching greater than $1000 over the summer due to a summer waiter job. I have been reading about the stock market, but so far I ...
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2answers
146 views

Can I withdraw cash from selling investments before the settlement date?

If I sell stocks, will I be able to withdraw cash from the proceeds that same day or will I have to wait until the T+3 settlement date? Does it depend on the brokerage?
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3answers
82 views

Source of income: from dividends vs sale of principal or security

Source: P172, P214, ETF for Dummies, 2nd Ed (2011) by Russell Wild: P172: First, if you need a steady stream of income, nothing is stopping you from creating artificial dividends by selling off ...
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1answer
110 views

Ownership in company and rounds of investment

I negotiated a deal with a startup when they wanted me to move overseas to work with them and I effectively received 2% ownership of the company plus a nice salary. The company is getting ready to ...
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1answer
2k views

How did Bill Gates actually make his money?

This is something that has always made me curious as heck. I don't really understand how corporate system works so please forgive me if the answer is extremely obvious. I realize Microsoft's history, ...
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1answer
650 views

Tax ID for an international student investing in U.S stocks

I am an international student studying at Villanova University in Philadelphia, PA. I am very interested in trying my luck at the U.S stock market. However, I do not work on campus and so do not have ...
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2answers
74 views

Which expenses eat up investments the most: sales charge (front / back-end load), foreign exchange spread, or expense ratio?

I am a bit confused as to which expenses eat up most of the investment. Some brokers have low sales commission but the foreign exchange spread is high. Some have higher sales commission but lower ...
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1answer
105 views

Why are fund managers' average/minimum purchase price from form 13F the same?

Using the fund managers 13F form filings you can calculate the average, minimum, and number of shares of a stock they listed for each quarter. Looking at the data to see who buy/add/reduce/sold out ...
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1answer
489 views

Non-tax-resident of Canada needs to pay taxes for investment account earnings?

if a person were to be a non-resident of Canada without jobs, a spouse, kids, asset (houses, cars etc.) in Canada, then that person would not be obliged to file a tax report. However, if that person ...
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1answer
108 views

What is the process through which a cash stock transaction clears?

When selling stocks through a "cash" account through a brokerage, it takes about 3-4 days for the amount to clear and be available for reinvestment. I'm assuming the is a process through which the ...
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1answer
77 views

Companies with steady and high dividends

In what kind of companies would you invest if you want a steady stream of high dividends? Is there other options than infrastructure companies? How would you compare different types of infrastructure ...
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4answers
309 views

Whether to prepay mortgage or invest in stocks

If at the end of the year, I have 10k in hand that I want to save/invest and these are my options: 1.Prepay into mortgage. Rate is 2.1% 2.Invest in stocks and I know I can get at least 7 % return. ...
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3answers
428 views

Does a bid and ask price exist for indices like the S&P500?

When buying a stock (say Google or Apple) at day 1 you pay the ask price of that day. When selling the stock at day 6, you get the bid price of that day. The return you made is given by [ ...
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4answers
1k views

How can I determine if my rate of return is “good” for the market I am in?

I am considering a small investment to get started with. What percent rate of return is considered to be good return on investments made in a stock market? I read somewhere that 25-30% is considered ...
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3answers
3k views

Different ways of looking at P/E Ratio vs EPS

Would it be valid to assume that a stock with a low P/E ratio and also very high EPS is, generally speaking, a better purchase than a stock with that same P/E but lower EPS? My reasoning for this is ...
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3answers
467 views

When does a low PE ratio not indicate a good stock?

I buy stocks mostly based on low PE ratio. Are there situations where a stock is a bad buy in spite of having a low PE? What's the next major stat I should look for before concluding?
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2answers
343 views

Official site to follow Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway change in investment holdings?

Recently, from a public web site unofficial source, I found out that Warren Buffet's company Berkshire Hathaway is increasing its stake in Wells Fargo. Is there a web site where I can get official ...
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1answer
478 views

Return vs. Risk Graphing web site alternatives to RiskGrades, which is closing?

Risk Grades' free website (riskgrades.com) is closing 6-30-11. Do you know of a similar site that allows the user to enter several ticker symbols (funds or stocks) and obtain a graph showing relative ...
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3answers
2k views

How much power does a CEO have over a public company?

I want to invest in a public company and I want to know: Exactly how much power does the CEO has over what the public company does? Can a CEO control a public company even though he doesn't own a ...
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6answers
520 views

Are stock index fund likely to keep being a reliable long-term investment option?

As I understand it, stocked-based index fund have been a reliable long term investment option in the last X years. Specifically, during "most" 10-year intervals in the examined history, the yield on ...
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3answers
8k views

Is there an online cost-basis calculator that automatically accounts for dividend re-investments and splits?

I recently sold stocks which I have been holding a long time. I don't have complete records. I do know that on a certain date, I had so many shares in an automatic re-investment program. Is there ...
4
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3answers
95 views

What's a good way to find someone locally to help me with my investments?

I inherited a stock portfolio from my grandparents, and it has been sitting at the investment house where it was when I got it. I want to move this portfolio somewhere where the fees are lower and ...