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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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1answer
54 views

Is it possible that for shares to be reinvested in a stock you already sold?

I just recently set my taxable investment account from reinvest dividends to deposit in cash. However, there seems to be a delay (I assume related to one of the various dates associated with ...
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1answer
50 views

Online streaming video/audio financial/stock programs

I don't have cable TV, so can't watch CNBC or other financial channels. So can someone suggest some online financial programs? I am looking for both streaming ones (for real-time news) and some talk ...
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102 views

What are the ramifications of lawsuits over “breaches of fiduciary duty” for the average shareholder?

In the newsbytes that my broker provides, more and more often, I keep seeing news of law firms filing class action suits against various companies for "breaches of fiduciary duty". The companies ...
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1answer
48 views

Regulation T and Initial Margin Requirements: How to interpret the 50%?

I wanted to understand initial margin requirements in the Federal Reserve's Regulation T section of the code. I read an article in Investopedia on Regulation T requirements, but I still feel uneasy ...
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128 views

Received mysterious K-1 form, seeking answers

I was formerly a private equity trader . I got out of the business in 2002. In 2005 I lost my wife to breast cancer she was 45 . I was left with three young children. I decided to go back to school ...
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1answer
117 views

Do post-IPO 'insider' stock lockup periods still apply if you separate from the company

Typically employees and other 'insiders' are subject to a lockup period after an initial public offering, along with blackout periods at certain points throughout the year to curb insider trading. ...
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109 views

How do you find out who the investors are in a U.S. stock? e.g. how ownership may be concentrated?

Ideally, I would like to know who all of the holders are. For instance, knowing that ownership of a stock is concentrated among hedge funds over individual investors may indicate how often (and when) ...
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1answer
58 views

Merrill Lynch historical stock prices - where to find?

I am currently working on a project concerning Merrill Lynch (MER) and I need its historical stock prices in order to calculate abnormal returns. However, I cannot find any of them, since it is long ...
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157 views

How to file tax for the sale of stocks from form 1099B?

Last year I sold 100 shares of one of my stocks in ONE order. However, I didn't buy those shares at the same time. They were from multiple purchases at different times (around 7 times). In my 1099B ...
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1answer
88 views

Can we buy and sell stocks without worrying about settlement period

When I buy stocks in my brokerage account(non-margin), I heard that there is a settlement period of 2 -3 biz days after which the clearing house will deposit the stocks to my account. Same thing for ...
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1answer
115 views

Tax benefits to buying stocks on Dec 31 vs. one day later?

For an individual in the US (California), are there tax benefits to buying stocks on Dec 31 vs. one day later?
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92 views

Is it a wise decision to sell my ESPP stock based on this situation?

My wife lost her job in the middle of 2013 and has been unemployed since then. I have about $7000 of company stock. I am planning to pay my car off using that money but I am not sure if this is the ...
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304 views

Is there a difference between buying few shares of an expensive stock vs many shares of an inexpensive one?

My stock broker tends to discourage me from buying fewer than 100 shares of a given stock (an odd lot) even if the stock is more expensive, and would put my portfolio temporarily out of balance (which ...
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2answers
115 views

Where I can find the exact time when a certain company's stock will be available in the secondary market?

As mentioned in title, I want to know when we can buy an IPO stock in the secondary market. Such as I want to buy stock in Twitter as soon as it is provided in the secondary market. I googled for a ...
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1answer
187 views

Does selling mixed-term stocks with a LIFO tax strategy make sense?

I have some long term stock holdings (ranging 2-4 years old). I would like to buys some more of those stocks with the intention of selling them short term (days to weeks). Right now, the tax strategy ...
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1answer
155 views

Is there any public data available to determine an ETF's holdings?

I have some shares of an ETF, and I'm curious whether the ETF's holdings overlap with any of the individual stocks that I own. Since it varies so frequently, I don't think this is information that ...
2
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1answer
352 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
125 views

Stock sale cost basis calculations for 2013, now that rules changed, is FIFO or another method the smartest financially?

I was in an employee stock purchase program that auto-bought stock every two weeks at a 15% discount as part of a paycheck deduction. This was BEFORE the 2008 crash and during and after it. This ...
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1answer
115 views

Is there an online service that provides public company information through a public API?

I want to write an application to gather financial information of public companies and bonds for my own research. Is there any place online that I can do this that has a public API?
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1answer
289 views

What are NSCC illiquid charges?

What exactly are NSCC illiquid charges? NSCC says: Buy Side: Open net buy quantity represents the total unsettled share amount per stock at any given time during a 3-day settlement cycle. Open net ...
2
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2answers
131 views

Will a stop-limit-on-quote execute in extended trading?

As an example, if I have this order: Buy 500 Shares of XYZ at Limit Price of $5.00 and Stop Price of $4.50. Duration of this order is Good until Cancelled. Will that order execute during extended ...
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2answers
124 views

How are dividends for shareholders of banks paid?

Banks are different from other firms, so I am not sure how shareholders (those with equity) of banks get paid their dividends. Asset minus liabilities figure do make sense in ordinary firm cases, but ...
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2answers
177 views

Capital Gains Tax - Does this apply only to the actual “gains” or to the entire amount of my sale?

If I buy 10 shares of stock at $10 each I have spent $100 in stocks. If I later sell these within the same year, do I pay taxes only on the difference of the buy price and the sell price [with a ...
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237 views

What do people mean when they talk about the central bank providing “cheap money”? What are the implications for the stock market?

Newspapers write a lot about the central bank stopping "cheap money" in the US. What is that exactly and what are the implications for the stock market?
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1answer
1k views

What is the “Short sale circuit breaker rule”?

Apparently there's a NASDAQ rule called something like short sale circuit breaker which limits how much a stock can be sold short after a certain drop in price or something like that. It really makes ...
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1answer
284 views

Does buying/selling a stock for a loss count as income?

In 2011 I accidentally bought $1000 worth of stock in a brokerage account and immediately sold it the same day for $985 (a $15 loss). The IRS is now claiming I owe $280 in taxes on $985 of income. Is ...
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1answer
127 views

Selling stocks - capital gains

Say I have 500 shares in company XYZ. 250 were purchased on 5/1/2012 and 250 were purchased on 9/1/2012. Is it possible to sell only the stocks that were held for 1 year (5/1/2012)? Avoiding the ...
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1answer
91 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
276 views

Is there an application or website where I can practice trading US stocks with virtual money?

For somebody that doesn't know much about the stock market and this type of investing, I was looking to see if anybody knew about an application/website where you can use "virtual" money (in other ...
3
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1answer
225 views

Why might it be a bad idea to invest 100% of your 401(k) into a stock index fund?

Background: I'm a young 20-something, I won't be retiring for 40+ years, and the expense ratios for the funds offered in my company's 401(k) plan mostly suck. I understand that one of the reasons an ...
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2answers
3k views

Do I have to pay a capital gains tax if I rebuy the same stock within 30 days?

My question is similar to this question except that I would be buying the same stock within the wash-rule period. If I sell a stock at a profit, and then use that money to re-purchase the same stock ...
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1answer
48 views

Who pays the tax on sale of stock when jointly owned?

Mother buys stock with her money sets up joint ownership with her daughter. Mother sells stock and gets 1099-B in her name showing full proceeds of sale. Is the full income the mothers (on tax ...
2
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1answer
176 views

How to buy stock on the Toronto Stock Exchange?

I have an Ameritrade account and thought I was purchasing a stock that trades on the TSE. However, I was only able to buy a pink sheets stock. I'm not sure of the difference. Would it be possible ...
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2k views

How do I make a small investment in the stock market? What is the minimum investment required?

I am not rich, so I am talking one to two hundred U.S. dollars per month only. I would like to know whether I can buy stock using that little amount of money, and how to do that if possible? As an ...
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4answers
258 views

Where can I find all public companies' information?

Warren Buffett mentions that in his early days he used Moody's Manual, which centralized all public companies's information into a manual, to go through all companies and find interesting ones to ...
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1answer
174 views

If a company goes private, does it still count as a capital gain/loss?

This is related to "What happens to public shareholders when a public stock goes private?" I am pretty sure the answer is yes, but: If you own stock in a public company which is bought out, does it ...
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0answers
132 views

Buying stocks in KRX from the US?

Are there brokers in the US offering International Brokerage accounts with support for KRX exchange in South Korea? Also, are the any Korean brokers that allow international persons to open a Home ...
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1answer
88 views

Gains/loss calculation for staggered buys & sells?

I am completely new to this, so understand that I realize that I still have a lot to learn before I invest any significant sum of cash. I've bought a few shares of stock (let's call it ABC) through ...
4
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1answer
97 views

Selling before “Fiscal Cliff” potential change to capital gains tax?

I am going to sell some of my stock for a personal expense. I've owned the stocks for maybe 2 years. Is it a good idea to do so before Jan 1 to avoid getting hit with an increase in capital gains ...
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3answers
511 views

Confused about employee stock options: How do I afford these?

I'm confused about stock options. The numbers in the following story are fictional because I'm keeping the actual offer confidential. This is an American private company with a promising future: ...
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3answers
434 views

How can I verify that a broker I found online is legitimate?

Are online stock trading sites like Scottrade and ShareBuilder safe? Or, are they scam sites?
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2answers
198 views

I want to invest in a U.S.-based company with unquoted stocks, but I am a foreigner. How to do this?

Other investors and I might invest in a U.S.-based company (in Texas) that needs funding to build the tools they took 20 years to develop. The thing is, if they get funding and can build the real ...
4
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1answer
261 views

What happens to class action awards for a stock in an IRA?

One of the individual stocks I own in an IRA account recently lost a bunch of value, allegedly due to misconduct on its officers' part, and is now the defendant in a bunch of class action lawsuits on ...
2
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1answer
133 views

Exercising stock options in a private company when the strike price is higher than current FMV

An employee leaving our Private Subsidiary wants to exercise his stock options, despite his strike price being higher than the current valuation ($1.00 vs $0.84). Was wondering what the tax ...
2
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1answer
205 views

How converted stock is taxed due to an acquisition

Private company A was bough by a public company B. All unvested A's common stock (result of early exercise) will be rolled into B's restricted stock (with the same vest schedule). Is this taxable ...
3
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2answers
144 views

How are gains in an IRA taxed vs a Roth IRA?

If I have $10k in an IRA, trade stocks with it until my retirement it accumulates (with no additional contributions) to $100k and withdraw it, how are the $90k gains taxed? How does this differ from a ...
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3answers
323 views

Are IRAs condusive to short term trading?

Since IRAs are only taxed when you take the money out when you retire, are the normal tax implications of short term trading non-existent? Thereby making it extra beneficial to do your short term ...
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1answer
132 views

83(b) and long term capital gain

I have been in company A for ~10 months and I have been granted X amount of ISOs (Incentive Stock Options). Though, none of those ISOs have vested yet. Now company B just bought company A (deal is ...
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189 views

How to protect a Stock you still want to own from a downturn?

I have a few stocks on my portfolio that I still like and I still believe I should own. They still meet all my buy signals, so I will still buy them today. However, the stock market is not doing ...