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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.
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What does pink-sheet mean related to stocks?

I see the term pink-sheet mentioned a lot in context of stocks. What does it mean?
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Can someone explain a stock's “bid” vs. “ask” price relative to “current” price?

In my online brokerage account, I want to buy a particular stock and I see : Bid: 13.20 x200 Ask: 13.27 x1,000 the current stock price is : 13.22 Can someone explain what the bid and ask ...
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What does CAGR mean when it is used in relation to a company stock?

I saw this abbreviation CAGR related to stocks and financial statements and I am not sure what it is. Can you please explain it to me?
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Good at investing - how to turn this into a job?

I'm 34 years old. Twelve years ago, I got a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, and have been working as a computer programmer more-or-less continuously since then. I also have been investing in ...
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Shares; are they really only for the rich/investors?

I've always been under the impression, that if you want to be a player in the "shares game" you either have to be an full time investor, or someone who has a lot of money to play with. Is this true? ...
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How can I find a list of self-select stocks & shares ISA providers?

I am looking for a ISA provider where I can invest in the UK and the US stock market, has anyone got a list with charges and links. (ISA are only of interest to people that live in the UK)
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What is the PEG ratio? How is the PEG ratio calculated? How is the PEG ratio useful for stock investing?

What is the PEG ratio? How is the PEG ratio calculated? How is the PEG ratio useful for stock investing? Are higher or lower PEG values better for a stock - and why?
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Can you recommend a good broker through which a UK company can trade in US stock markets? [closed]

Anybody can recommend a good broker through which a UK company can trade in US stock markets?
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How can put options be used to buy shares at a lower price?

How to use puts, if you are a net buyer of stocks? I read an article about Warren Buffet buying Burlington Northern stocks and how he used puts to lower the buying price of the shares. Please, ...
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What is the meaning of “short selling” or “going short” a stock?

Can someone please explain the meaning of 'shorting' a stock with an example?
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Which U.S. online discount broker is the best value for money?

Which U.S. online discount broker is the best value for money? Lower prices preferred, but I also like to be able to reach somebody by phone when help is needed. 24 hours not required, but after ...
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What are “preferred” stocks? How are they different from normal (common) stocks?

What are "preferred" stocks? How are they different from normal (common) stocks that you can buy on a stock exchange?
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What is a stock warrant? How do warrants work?

What is a stock warrant? How do warrants work? I've been told they are similar to options; how? Then why not just call them options - what makes them different?
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What is the p/e ratio?

What is the p/e ratio and how do I find it for a company?
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Why does a company pay dividends at all?

If a company can lower the dividends and even stop paying them at all during hard times, why would they re-install them at all? If I understand correctly a company pays dividends so that investors ...
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Is it better for a public company to increase its dividends, or institute a share buyback?

When a company is profitable and generating substantial positive cash flow, is it better from the company's perspective to have a dividend increase, or institute a share repurchasing program? From an ...
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How do I screen for stocks that are near to their 52 weeks low

I would like to know how to do filtering with online screening tools for stocks that are around their 52 weeks low in price
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Online tutorials for calculating DCF (Discounted Cash Flow)?

What is the best online tutorial to learn calculating DCF (Discounted Cash Flow) for a stock?
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What does Chapter 11 Bankruptcy mean to an investor holding shares of a Chapter 11 Company?

If I currently have shares in a company that has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection what impact does this have on me? Does this mean the shares stop trading? If the company successfully ...
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How exactly do dividend reinvestment plans (DRIPs) work?

And where can I find out what companies offer them? Are there good resources for information on these plans?
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Are quarterly earnings released first via a press release on the investor website, via conference call, or does it vary by company?

Are quarterly earnings released first via a press release on the investor website, via conference call, or does it vary by company?
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What's the differences between a discount broker and a regular broker?

What are the differences between a discount broker and a regular broker? "Discount" implies a price difference... but why can they be cheaper than regular brokers??