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When shorting a stock, do you pay current market price or the best (lowest) available ask price?

A stock has a last sale price of 2.5 dollars on the NYSE. Say I am shorting 1000 shares of a stock, there's an ask price of 3 dollars for 500 shares. Theres an ask of 3.5 dollars for 250 shares, and ...
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What is the cheapest way to get funds from the sale of stocks in a Morgan Stanley BenefitAccess account to India?

I hold ~ 200 MSFT shares and am planning to sell them... Last time I sold shares and opted for a wire transfer, I lost nearly 3% in fees and commissions (as compared to a naive conversion of No. Of ...
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Where can one graph portfolio performance over time?

I'm used to my employer provided 401k website, which allows me to see a "personal rate of return" over a specified time period, plotted on a line chart. It also allows me to see individual stocks and ...
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1answer
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SEC Form 144 and Form 4 difference

What is the difference between an SEC Form 144 (Proposed Sale) and an SEC Form 4? For example, this company has filed Form 144's, but not Form 4's. I understand that a Form 144 has more basic ...
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Want to open a bank account in US from India without visiting USA [duplicate]

I am from India and I would like to open an US bank account for trading but I can't visit US for this purpose. Is it possible, if so can you guide me.
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29 views

SEC forms filed under different company name

I'm trying to find 10-K, 10-Q, or 4 forms for a company called Creative Edge Nutrition (ticker symbol: FITX,) but what I found was forms filed under the name "LAUFER BRIDGE ENTERPRISES, INC." Why is ...
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33 views

Where is the adjusted EPS in the 10-Q form?

I can't find the adjusted EPS in the 10-Q financial statement. Somehow everyone is using the adjusted EPS, but I can't seem to find it. Do I have to calculate it myself and how would I know what was ...
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47 views

Where do company filings go first?

I was wondering what was the process for a company filing financial reports. I was looking through Edgar on the SEC website and noticed that filings are "accepted" about 10 minutes later than a news ...
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105 views

How to flip my options?

I was recently let go from my company due to a reduction in force, and I have received a letter saying I have vested options available for exercising. Although I would like to, I cannot afford to ...
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118 views

Can I trade more than 4 stocks per week equally split between two brokers without “pattern day trading” problems?

Do pattern day trading issues arrive from having to many trades (4+) per week based on account or person? If I had another brokerage account at a different firm could I use this to increase the number ...
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82 views

How are long term capital gains taxes calculated?

I currently am in the 15% tax bracket for 2014 as I am a college student employed as a summer intern. However, if I am hired as a full time employee by next year, I would move into the 25% tax ...
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1answer
23 views

Does a 1045 exchange require any filing prior to that years tax return?

Assume I am taking the proceeds from the sale of QSBS (1202) and investing that within 60 days in another company that qualifies as QSBS. According to this document, all I have to do is claim the ...
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1answer
56 views

Tax implications of ESPP shares when company is bought out

I still have ESPP shares in a company I used to work for. This company is getting bought out (deal has been publicly announced and should close soon). Many of these shares have greatly increased in ...
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1answer
87 views

Whats the difference between day trading and flipping and their tax implications?

I recently started trading this year, and for the most part have only invested in companies that I plan on keeping for a while. I understand the differences between short-term and long-term positions ...
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116 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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60 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
65 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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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
56 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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2answers
140 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
181 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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118 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
106 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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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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112 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
119 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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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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378 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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129 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
215 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 ...
6
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1answer
222 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 ...
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1answer
489 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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131 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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127 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
418 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 ...
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154 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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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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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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243 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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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
298 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
137 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
106 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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312 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 ...
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257 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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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
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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 ...
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211 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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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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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 ...