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How should I deal with my long term gain this year?

I have a small long term gain of $1000 this year, and I'm thinking about selling some of my losers to offset it. I have some long term losses and some short term losses that I could take (and then ...
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Curious about Liverpool FC situation

Ok, I know that this is a place for "personal finance," but I thought I might try asking anyway because of the quick responses I can get from this site. Can anyone explain to me how the board can sell ...
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Can I open an IRA and add specific stocks to it?

I would really like to save money during the year and then once a year purchase specific stocks to put in an IRA. Is that possible? Are there companies that offer something like this without charging ...
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How can I purchase Skype stock during the IPO?

Skype will be going IPO soon. How can I purchase their IPO stock?
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What is a good asset allocation for a 25 year old?

I have a mid-sized portfolio (under $100K). And am currently in 100% stocks. I have seen some advice being given that states 80/20 bonds will yield similar returns as 100% stocks with less volatility.
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Why would a company sell debt in order to buy back shares and/or pay dividends?

For example, why did Microsoft take on debt to create shareholder value? http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-09-13/microsoft-is-said-to-plan-debt-sale-to-pay-for-dividends-buy-back-shares.html
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Where to find out conversion ratio between General Motors bonds and new GM stock?

I bought some General Motors bonds (ETF-traded under "XGM" symbol) when they were at depressed prices, before GM declared bankruptcy. GM is supposed to be having an IPO sometime in November, and ...
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In the stock market, why is the “open” price value never the same as previous day's “close”?

This is something that is mind-boggling to me, and it is particularly obvious in candlestick graphs: Why is the open value never the same as the previous day's close value? This is something I just ...
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What governs the shape of price history graphs?

I think the price history graphs of speculative investments such as housing and gold look like a series of linked "u"s, ie sharp peaks and rounded troughs, while the graphs of less speculative ...
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What does dividends passed mean in terms of stock?

Need help with this corporate finance homework, argh. They keep saying things like "these covenants include provisions about passing dividends", what the heck?
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Do large market players using HFT make it unsafe for individual investors to be in the stock market?

Similar to this question, but with new information concerning High Frequency Trading [HFT], see articles on HPCwire and the NY Times citing that HFT accounts for 73 percent of all equity trading ...
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Price difference among shares in Hong Kong and Shang Hai

Recently, I am interested to invested in Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, which is listed both in Shang Hai and Hong Kong stock market. Since I only can trade in Hong Kong Stock Market, I ...
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How to evaluate stocks? e.g. Whether some stock is cheap or expensive?

What kind of information do you obtain before buying (or selling) a stock? I know the PE ratio is very important, but not the only thing. Are there any rules of thumb to determine whether some stock ...
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Where can I buy preferred stocks as opposed to common stocks?

I'd like to purchase some preferred stocks (or at least look into it), but I am not really sure how I could go about doing this. I currently use Scottrade for most of my investing.
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Will ADR owner enjoy same benefit as common shares holders

Currently, I would like to invest in the stock of HSBC. Details on Google Finance Details on Yahoo Finance I am not sure whether I should purchase from the Hong Kong or US stock market. What I know ...
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Options for dummies. Can you explain how puts & calls work, simply?

I never understood Puts or Calls. Could anybody explain it like I were a child?
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Why won't my retirement account let me write a “covered put”?

My retirement account (a traditional IRA) will let me write a covered call, where I sell a call option if I have the underlying securities (for instance, 100 shares of IBM). The shares are required to ...
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How does one interpret financial data for stocks listed on multiple exchanges?

Currently, I would like to invest in HSBC stock. http://www.google.com/finance?q=NYSE:HBC&fstype=ii I saw that in 2008, it earned USD0.98 per share, and paid out USD0.64 dividend per share. My ...
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Why are both government and commercial bond prices rising?

For the last 2 months both Gilt (UK government bonds) and UK commercial bond prices have increased. Many commentators have said the flight to government debt is a response to stock market uncertainty, ...
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How to calculate PE ratios for indices such as DJIA?

I want to record Dow Jones Industrial Average's PE. Yahoo Finance gives N/A [1]: >>> import y_finance >>> print y_finance.get_price_earnings_ratio('^DJI') N/A So: How to ...
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Free service for automatic email stock alert when target price is met? [closed]

Suppose firm X is valued at 1. If it falls below 0.1, I want a stock alert to my arbitrary email. Is there some free internet site for it?
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Can I actually get a share of stock issued with a piece of paper anymore?

I have only ever bought one stock, and I did it on a whim ($100 whim) online. I know my broker mails me a small phone book when I pick new funds for my IRAs, but I honestly don't remember getting ...
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As co-founder, does Steve Jobs still own enough Apple shares to control Apple Inc.?

Steve Jobs is one of the Apple Co-founders, and as such I think he probably owns a good number of Apple's shares. However based in his Net worth: $5.5 billion (2010) (via Wikipedia) and the total ...
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How to map stock ticker symbols to ISIN (International Securities Identification Number)?

How can I can convert ticker symbols (which include information on the exchange) to an International Securities Identification Number (ISIN) (which contains no information on the exchange)? Also I am ...
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Where to find really good articles on stocks and general trading information?

Apart from this website, are there any other websites out there that are focused on trading and investing?. I am looking for a website where I can find articles etc on trading and investment - say ...
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Historical stock prices: Where to find free / low cost data for offline analysis? [closed]

I am looking for a free way to get a large amount of data on the prices of stocks. I am not a trader or anything like that so it wouldn't be worth it to pay for a service to give me stock prices. I ...
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How do I get into investing in stocks?

How do I get into investing in stocks?
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As someone living in Portugal, how would I buy a stock listed on a Japanese exchange?

I want to support a gaming company (Square Enix) by buying their stock. From what I've seen, my bank only uses major European and international stock exchanges, and from my searches, Square Enix ...
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How do I know if a dividend stock is “safe” and not a “dividend yield trap”?

e.g. (NYSE:CIM) or (NYSE:AEE) both have high yields, but what are warning signs that these might be dividend yield traps?
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Should I wait to sell a stock (at a loss) that I have held for less than a year?

I currently hold some shares of a stock that I don't expect to regain much value. I bought this (at a higher price) about 8 months ago. My limited understanding of the way capital gains taxes work ...
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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 ...
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How do people/companies buy/sell very large amounts of stock?

I use Sharebuilder for buying and selling stock. Since I'm still only starting out, I don't have a lot in there (no more than a couple thousand), and my purchases have never been for more than a ...
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Can you recommend some good websites/brokers for buying/selling stocks in India? [closed]

Could you please recommend some good websites/online share trading portals/brokers for buying/selling stocks in India? Some desired qualities... Low brokerage Ease of use (all transactions should be ...
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What percentage of my stock portfolio should be international (non-US) stocks?

I recently read that, based on capitalization, US stocks no longer make up the majority and that to be diversified would mean to hold 50% or more in non-US stocks. Is this good advice?
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Where can I find S&P 500 P/E ratios?

Before, I used the price-to-earnings numbers from spreadsheets published on Standard and Poor's website: Current estimates: www2.standardandpoors.com/spf/xls/index/SP500EPSEST.XLS Historical values: ...
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Can I take money from my employee stock and put it towards another stock?

Can I take money from my employee stock and put it towards another stock?
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When a stock price rises, does the company get more money?

When a stock price rises, does the company get more money?
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Married, 55, grown kids: Should I buy life insurance, or invest in stocks? The ultimate decision

Presently I am a married 55 year old man married with two grown kids. One of my term life insurance policies expires soon and they have offered me a policy that will never increase in price for the ...
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Can warrants to buy stock contain conditions or stipulations other than price?

Can warrants to buy stock contain conditions or stipulations other than price?
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How to calculate the rate of return on selling a stock?

How to calculate the rate of return on selling a stock?
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Are non-residents or foreigners permitted to buy or own shares of UK companies?

Is it legal to hold shares in the UK if you are not a UK resident? I presume it is ... after all governments are going to want you to do this as it's a revenue stream for them right? Thanks.
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May 6, 2010 stock market decline/plunge: Why did it drop 9% in a few minutes?

Today (5/6/2010) the market dropped almost 900 points in less than an hour. I don't see any news story that explains the drop. Am I missing something obvious?
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When to sell a stock?

What do you look for in a stock that makes you say "I'm done with this, let me take profits and go somewhere else"?
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High dividend stocks

Is it a good investment strategy to go long on "boring" companies (AT&T for example) and keep them around just because of their dividends or would it be better to trade more frequently companies ...
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What typically happens to unvested stock during an acquisition?

I work for a publicly traded company that was acquired by another publicly traded company. I also own shares of "restricted stock units" for my company. All of my shares are scheduled to vest far ...
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How does one find a good stock broker that accepts foreign credit cards or paypal?

Is there a good stock brokerage company that I can trade with, via international credit cards or paypal? I live in Israel. What I basically want from such a broker is: Reliability Ability to ...
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Why does demand for stock rise when a company appears to have high future value?

So a company decides to raise money by selling shares of its stock. The stock is offered at an initial price of their determination. The stock is then traded in a market where forces of supply and ...
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Is it wise to invest money in the stock market?

My uncle wants me to invest money in buying shares. I would like to ask these questions to my fellow users: Is it wise to invest money in the stock market? Is there any age limit to start into stock ...
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What other investing strategies exists apart from tracking an index?

I heard that the cheapest and best way to invest is to track an index - buy an index fund. This is good, because the costs are cheaper than other funds and it provides better returns than most ...
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What services do you use to research European stock markets?

I would like to know what are the best services to research stocks on the different European stock markets, I would like to cover all EU member states, if possible.