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Advice on strategy for when to sell

I started trading one year ago. I read Jim Cramer book and saved my 10K before investing. Then I invested on companies that I liked based on what I learned. It has been a fun year, what I have learn ...
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Buying Euros in a Canadian Trading Account

The Euro is trending low, and I have long term plans which might involve living there. I have a German girokonto (which costs me an outrageous Eur5/mo to hold), but no European trading account. ...
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How can retail stock and options traders find trades with a clear defined positive edge

A retail trader of equities and options may believe that his technical signals and fundamental analysis is superior and smarter than the other retail traders. Maybe for some it is true. For a lot of ...
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Do algorithmic traders make money from short-term or long-term gains? [closed]

Clearly, the tax advantages of long-term gains are superior. But I feel that algorithmic trading, by its very nature, likely doesn't work well for long-term trades. Are these traders happy paying the ...
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NASDAQ real-time trades: How determine the BUYS from the SELLS?

On the NASDAQ website, showing real-time trades for individual stocks, how does one determine which are "buys" and which are "sells" with regards to any stock? Is there another website where this ...
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Is there any emprical research done on 'adding to a loser'

Adding to a loser or doubling down i.e add to your position when it has halved because of adverse movement is a very debated topic. Is there any study done on when it works, and when it does not, ...
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Why do I have a negative profit? [closed]

I am testing a demo account for trade Eur/USD GBP/USD. But whatever action I take : Buy , sell . I am always with a negative profit.. How?
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If I join a prop trading firm, will I enjoy low commissions

I often hear that professional traders pay negligible (<1 cent ) commission per trade. Is this true? Does this mean that if I open up an account with a prop trading firm in Toronto and put up ...
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Selling a portion of stock shares where the funds have settled

Let's say I have 10000 shares of company ABC. 5000 of them I just purchased today, but 5000 were purchased days ago and the settlement date is today. Is it possible to sell those 5000 shares, in ...
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Using a cash account can someone trade all day on it?

The system is I have 5000 to start and have been playing virtual stock (day-trading) for about a year. I return generally 10-20% per day. So set-up a cash account where I utilize on day 1 only 1000 ...
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What is the difference between spot forex trading and cfd forex trading?

Some brokers offer to clients the facility to trade the foreign exchange market via the spot market or via CFDs. The thing I don't understand is that some currency pairs are offered via both methods. ...
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a “fully” American option strategy?

Is there such a thing as an American butterfly spread? For a European butterfly spread simply buying 1 put with strike price X+a, 1 put with strike price X-a and shorting 2 calls with strike price X, ...
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How much risk should I take for each stock I trade? [closed]

If I am trading stocks in the short to medium term, say between one month to one year, how much risk should I be taking for each trade I make? I plan to start trading with $50,000 of capital on the ...
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Where to find the full book of outstanding bids/asks for a stock?

I am looking for the full set of information for the "Book Viewer" on this site. Where do you find more than the top of the book for outstanding orders for a stock?
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How do people trade stocks outside of the price step range? (Selling at $1.5 when you can only enter trades for $1 and $2) [duplicate]

Every now and then, I see trades occurring outside the price step range. For example, this stock trades with a price step of $0.01, however, someone was able to sell at $3.125. How do you setup ...
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Why gamma scalping is not advised for retail traders with reg T margin

I am trying to understand gamma scalping Why does the author say: Only traders who are very well capitalized, very knowledgeable and experienced, and who have retail portfolio margining should ...
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Could CRA consider income from frequent trading of listed stock options as regular income, not capital gains?

I trade options on U.S. stocks frequently, several times a month. The income has been taxed as capital gains. I am quite worried that the CRA could turn around and say that I am operating a business ...
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Why do some stocks have trading halts and what causes them?

Even when trading hours were still on, one of the stocks I was watching has been put on halt. What does it mean? What are the reasons for a company's stocks to go on halt?
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Is international online trading still premature? [closed]

I have an amount of money that I intend to invest online. Lately, I have been educating myself and reading about different brokers for different types of investment, mainly stocks (not CFD) and social ...
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How does pre-market trading work?

From what I understand pre-market and post market trading is basically an extension to regular hours trading. How does it compare in terms of buying stocks? What I mean is if I order a stock at ...
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Is this trick enough to totally prevent bankrupcy in a case of a crash?

I have a trading scheme that is very profitable but is also really dangerous because it opens a lot of trades at the same time with high leverage and else. So the trick is to open only short (sell) ...
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Trading : how to deal with crashes (small or big)

i'm currently learning how to trade both manually and with EAs. I have questions : i'd like to know how to deal in the probability of a price crash like in 1987 (and many others): Is using a right ...
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How to start day-trading? Any advice about software for beginner? [closed]

I want to start day trading, but I am beginner and I need help. Is there some online tutorial? I want to start with just 1000 dollar. Is it enought? I find ninja trader software. Is it good? Or do you ...
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Is the Investopedia simulator an accurate representation of real stock trading?

So I've been trying out trading stocks on Investopedia, and I made a decent, consistent rate of return. I'm wondering if the simulator is accurate of real stock trading? What factors between the two ...
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How to invest (trade, or speculate) in commodities?

How would one invest in things for example (wheat, oil, gold, silver, platinum) and other commodities? Does E-trade offer a method of doing this?
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how much of foreign exchange (forex/fx) “deep liquidity” is really just unbacked leverage and what is the effect?

During the recent debacle of some high profile FX brokerages, I read some good articles that talked about FX brokers offering up to 1000:1 leverage ratios. Apparently it's pretty normal to find 200:1 ...
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How to correctly track a covered call write (sell to open) in double-entry accounting?

I recently started using gnucash for personal accounting, but I guess this question doesn't depend on the software. I sold a covered call, and I'm not sure how to keep track of that in the ...
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Is stock trading based more on luck than poker playing? [closed]

Can it be calculated/measured? My intuition says that stock trading is more about luck.
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Are there online brokers in the UK which don't require margin account?

To my surprise, it was extremely difficult to find an online Platform that offers the option to trade/invest in STOCKS with a 1:1 leverage, in other terms, purely my own money, no margin. I've ...
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Collaboration on Technical Analysis

I am looking for a community that allows users to share technical analysis thoughts, ideas, and techniques. Is anyone familiar with such a site? I am NOT looking for an article site like motley fool ...
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Stock exchange Last price doesn't match price steps

I'm looking at the ASX (Australian Stock Exchange), for the stock ARI, currently the last price was 0.158. However if I were to try to buy it at that price, Etrade Australia would give me an error ...
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What makes an effective and profitable trading system

What should I aim for to achieve an effective and profitable trading system? Should I aim to get as high a percentage of winning trades as possible (ie. 100% winning trades)? Also what percentage ...
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Is there any special meaning when the market price for a stock exactly equals ask or bid?

When a stock is ask for 15.2 and bid for 14.5, and the last market price was 14.5, what does it mean? Or what if the last price is 15.2?
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Executing a stop loss at the purchase price?

Is it a good investing strategy to always to execute a "stop loss" on a stock at the purchase price so that you can go and quickly repurchase at the lower price the stock is moving too? Logically to ...
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When you initial an order in your broker, will you be able to control the buyer/seller on the other side?

When I start an order, especially for those with high liquidity during market hours (comparing to pre-market/after-hours trading), the order will be immediately filled. How's the system match the ...
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What could be the cause of a extreme high/low price in after hours market?

I am just curious that for the stock FEYE there was a very boost in the price and then back to normal level (at least close to the average) again. The volume for that boost trade is 27.60k, not a ...
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Why having large capital is advantageous to trading

Why is it said that people with large amounts of capital are better suited to trading the financial markets? Does it apply to a particular type of trading on a particular underlying on a particular ...
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Is there a candlestick pattern that guarantees any kind of future profit?

I have been working with candlestick patterns for a long time. Bullish engulfing is my favorite because it almost guarantees that the succeeding candle will be green. So, I am sure of a profit, even ...
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How to safely exit a falling security?

Imagine you have purchased a stock at precisely the wrong moment. The instant you have purchased shares, it begins to drop. It seems like there can be strategies for exiting the position without ...
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Did the New York Stock Exchange ever close on a weekday so they could file paperwork?

I recently heard that the New York Stock Exchange used to close once a week so that they could organized the paper trades. I can't find anything online about it. Does anyone have and insight here.
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Why do stocks tend to trade at high volumes at the end of (or start) the trading day?

Not related to this question, I am asking why stocks seem to be traded at very high volumes right at the start and end of the trading day. Is this because these graphs factor in all of the premarket ...
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What are the most efficient ways to bet on an individual stock beating the market?

Say I wanted to bet on MSFT beating the S&P 500 (i.e. I want to make money if they both go down, but MSFT goes down less). Of course, I could short SPY and go long MSFT. Are there better ...
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If I have 10,000 stocks to sell with 23 B market cap

If I have 10,000 stocks of a company with 23B market cap, and if i want to sell all the stock can it be sold at one shot? meaning r there enough buyers to buy my stocks? what if there are not enough ...
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Interactive Brokers Margin Accounts

I've read the margin documentations on IB but am not sure given the following scenarios. I have a reg-t margin account trading stocks/etfs. Scenario 1: I do weekly re-balancing of a portfolio of ...
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Can a bond's market price rise above its lifetime value?

I'm just learning about bonds, reading an introductory book about investing in German. Please correct me if terms are wrong, and if this question can be improved. Consider a bond: Lifetime: 3 years ...
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Trading platforms: 15 years old

I'm aged 15 and have been demo-trading for about a year now. I signed up with plus500 as they give quite good bonuses on deposits. I had to create an account with a fake D.O.B. I have just found out ...
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Why would we need a “stop-limit order” for selling?

What is the practical usage for selling with a stop-limit order? If we reach a stop-loss point we are likely to sell to protect from a bigger loss. What situation would need to add a limit order on ...
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Who are the sellers for the new public stocks?

There are lots of news for $BABA. It's current price as shown in the market is $68 but my broker put an announcement saying that its limit price is already $85. Then who are the sellers? The company ...
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How to define a 'market price' for trading platforms?

When I buy/sell stocks, there is always an option called 'market price'. How is the market price defined? Is there any detailed explanation? Thanks,
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Trading on my own

Can I trade shares I own in a company if I have a trading account How can I do it What must I ask the company I own stocks to do in order to trade myself