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How do I find a stock broker that has unlimited testing account, full access to live and history data and good API? [closed]

Before I start real trade or investing, I want to monitor markets, companies, indexes, news, trends, etc. I want to be familiar with markets' situation and get quite deep understanding of broker's ...
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Tropical Trade Stock Trading

Is Tropical Trade a valid stock trading company? I would like to start investing but I want to know the validity of the trading company.
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How does the spread on an orderbook affect shorting?

Say I wanted to short ABC Company because I believe the stock price will go down 7% or more. The ask price is $6 and the bid price is $5. Volume is 4-5 Million shares. I decide to short $2000 dollars ...
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Using pivot points to trade in the short term

How do I go about identifying pivot points on a chart to help me trade in the short term (say between a couple of days to a couple of weeks, as I don't want to do day trading)? I understand that a ...
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Why are profit/loss constantly adjusted in futures contracts if the goal is to protect against volatility?

In this article: http://www.investopedia.com/university/futures/futures2.asp?header_alt=g In the chapter "Profit and Losses-Cash Settlement", the author describes that profit and loss are governed by ...
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How to trade fundamentally good stocks over the short to medium term?

Once I have determined a company to be fundamentally good and I determine that it has good future growth and value, what is a good technical method to profit from the stock of this company over the ...
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What are p_ask and q_ask columns in .csv trades log file?

I have a .csv file that is essentially a log of trades of futures contracts. I have the column names but can't figure out what some of them are. There are the obvious "date", "time", "contract" ...
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When are stock trade fees deducted?

When you buy or sell stock with an online broker when are the trading fees (approx. $7 or $10) deducted from your available balance? Is it when the order is placed? At the end of the month?
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Metal price web site with silver animal on it?

I remember there is (or was) a web site about mining and metals and had trading prices for all the metals, including base metals. The site had a what looked a steel bear or lion on it as a symbol. ...
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Should a strategy backtested against three years of tick data continue to produce positive results?

Let's say we have a Binary Options 5-minute trading strategy that relies on multiple indicators and exploits price reversals in currency pairs. Now let's say there is a combination of inputs for the ...
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Cross Currency Pair US Trader Tax Implications

I'm trying to wade through a mountain of mumbo-jumbo online to understand how to properly comply with cross currency trading regulations, such as here: ...
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Understanding bid and offer prices in CFD's

I am currently researching the mechanics of CFD trading and, being new to this, am a bit confused about certain terms. I understand that the "bid" is the price that the CFD is sold at and the "offer" ...
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Best(mostly cheapest) way to buy international shares(mostly US) from Australia

I would like to buy international shares from Australia. But we have hefty fees charged by the banks (CommSec), ie buy fee, sell fee, inactivity fee, etc. I'm sure someone has eaten a dog on this ...
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Any Tips on How to Get the Highest Returns Within 4 Months by Investing in Stocks? [closed]

I recently signed up for an investing competition at my school. The competition grants each competitor $1,000,000.00 (of virtual money), where we will be able to buy/sell any stock listed on the AMEX, ...
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how an order is matched after a fill?

Assuming I got a fill for an order to sell at a price ES 2018.00 but price is still at 2017.00-2017.25. What are the factor that makes the prices beetween 2017.25 and my order being filled also? And ...
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Why do I see multiple trades of very small quantities?

I see this on a share tracking site (JSE:COH) Time Price VWAP* Volume 10:23 43.40 42.91 4 10:20 43.40 42.91 90 10:13 43.45 42.91 116 10:13 43.45 42.90 884 10:09 43.62 ...
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What is insider trading exactly?

I know that insider trading is illegal. However, is it true that the CEO of a listed company can still buy/sell their own stock? If he/she does so, isn't that technically insider trading? Or why is it ...
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Is it prudent to sell a stock on a 40% rise in 2 months

I bought an under valued stock a couple months ago that saw a nearly 50% drop in price over FCC issues. They just reported better than expected earning and settlement with the FCC which has caused the ...
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Should I sell my stocks when the stock hits a 52-week high in order to “Buy Low, Sell High”?

I have a 10 stock portfolio and considering market conditions that are on the rise when this question in being asked, a few of them did hit their 52-week high price. I would like to call myself a ...
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Stock trading models that use fundamental analysis, e.g. PEG ratios?

I'm a finance undergrad writing a dissertation on fundamental analysis vs technical analysis applied to trading. I'm finding it easy to build technical indicators such as moving averages, while it ...
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How does liquidity affect currency price while trading [closed]

I would like to know what happens to the market when the following situation arises on the GBP/USD currency pair: -Say some big investor sells 100 million pounds but current liquidity in the market ...
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Stochastics indicator reverses prior entering the oversold/overbought zone

Often I've notice Stochastics doesn't enter the oversold/ overbought and reverses to opposite direction. I understand while trending or while strength is on one side stochastics tend to reverses in ...
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Would this be a wash sale?

If on 01/3/2015 I purchase 100 shares of XYZ for $50 ea. Then, on 01/6/2015 I purchase another 100 shares of XYZ for $30 each. Then, on 01/17/2015 I sell my entire position, 200 shares of XYZ for $35 ...
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Why can Robin Hood offer trading without commissions?

I was wondering why the startup Robin Hood can offer free stock trading, while other online stock brokers ask commissions. How is it possible that this is the first initiative that offers this kind of ...
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Dollar Cost Averaging (Or value averaging) vs Lot sizes, what am I missing?

I just got my first trading account, in Singapore, and was trying to see if I could use Dollar cost averaging myself on, say STI ETF. But I found out that the stock orders had to number minimum of 100 ...
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How much time should be spent on Penny Stocks Trading a day?

I am a student studying and I got interested in Penny Stocks, because I hope to gain money earlier in my life. I hope to invest the first amount of money that I may earn by part time job; cleverly ...
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buying a stock while the price is going down, and buy it at a lower price

I have a stock with I started buying around @$1,40. I bought some more @$1.20. Then some more @$0.90 to lower my average price. And I bought my last party @$0.60. The stock price is now @0.40 and ...
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Can a buy market order be matched with a sell market order in Forex trading?

Should Market-orders be always matched with Limit-orders with best price on the opposite book? Or is there a case scenario where a Market-order could be matched with another Market-order? At which ...
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Getting correlation from regression slope (Completely stumped)

This question is from a book (Active Portfolio Management), but unfortunately there are no provided solutions. "Assume that residual returns are uncorrelated across stocks. Stock A has a beta of ...
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Question about beta - trading

I've been a bit stuck with this question: "If a portfolio P had a predicted beta=1.05 wrt to an index, and that index later underperformed Treasury Bills by 5%, what would be the expected return of ...
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Why can I see/trade VIX but not S&P/TSX 60 VIX?

I am using Questrade and if I do a look up for VIX.IN, I find it: However, I can't find S&P/TSX 60 VIX: Why is this? I can see that it is being traded...
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How does a brokerage firm work?

I'm new to finance, thus please fix me if i misunderstand something. As far as i know, one can get an account on a brokerage firm, and have ability to trade on multiple exchanges. Good use case for ...
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Are there any methods to calculate the % of position size to cover my profits based on achieving expected returns and thereafter?

Perhaps modifying Kelly Criterion to gauge the % of bet size to cover and adjusting to a new expected value? I want to let my profits run without exiting the trade prematurely. (or should I just ...
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What is the psychology behind the Dead Cat Bounce Pattern and how can it be traded?

With the turmoil that hit most markets in the last two weeks followed by a small recovery late last week, are we seeing a classical Dead Cat Bounce appear infront of our eyes? Looking at the charts ...
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Forex Market - The Underlying Question [closed]

There's a lot of people out there who trade Forex but I really doubt their understanding of the exact technicalities of the Retail Market e g what e4xactly happens when you trade and how come you can ...
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If a stock is sold but the purchase was canceled by the exchange, will it be considered a short-sale?

This question is asked as a follow-up to the question below; How can this stock have an intra-day range of more than 90% on 24Aug2015? BKCC had a 90% price fluctuation on 24Aug2015 and some buy ...
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Why this mutual fund (VTTHX) is not traded today ? [duplicate]

As you may know the market is in panic today. However if you look for VTTHX, you will see it frozen since Aug 21. Did this fund magically escaped the panic ? what is going on ?
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How can this stock have an intra-day range of more than 90% on 24Aug2015?

I am looking at this stock BKCC and was shocked at one point at its price of only $0.97. Just within 1 hour of opening, BKCC traded between $0.97 and $9.5. How can this be so, particularly when it is ...
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Where can I find lots of annotated stock charts to help me improve my chart reading skills?

I'm learning to read stock charts. I'd like to be able to look at a ton of charts that have been marked up with the usual support/resistance/trend lines, channels, etc. and annotated with expert ...
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Former public employer that we have options in just sold

My wife and I have some vested options in Zulily from when she used to work there. The stock has been very poor so far, but this morning it was announced they are selling to QVC and the price show up ...
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Is there a time limit to cover an open short position? [duplicate]

Let's say there exists a stock X that I believe will soon embark on a general downward trend. I am interested in shorting X and decide to sell some quantity of X. I see my short position as being a ...
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BRENT/WTI Oil Contract Futures

Every contract that is about to expire always seems to be more expensive to buy than contracts expiring at a later date. For instance, the Sep15 contract is currently priced higher than the DEC15 ...
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How to trade at Athens Stock Exchange (ASE) [closed]

I am completely new to trading and would like to start trading at the ASE with an international online broker preferably. I am really struggling to find a brokerage with a free platform since the ASE ...
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What metrics must a trading strategy meet to be considered profitable?

Say you have a trading strategy that makes wins (i.e. profitable trading decisions) x% of the time. Is there a value for x at which the strategy can be said to be objectively profitable? Must that ...
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What are institutional investors?

I'm new to the world of finance and I'm wondering if someone could give an explanation of what institutional investors are. Also, I am applying for a job at a company that provides services/software ...
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Who puts out buy/sell orders during earnings reports or other scheduled relevant information? [closed]

I understand that some stock traders try to quickly act on public information to make profits, for example. In the case of scheduled releases of information, however, why do people keep buy or sell ...
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Calculating return on a series of stock positions with multiple uneven transactions

How can I calculate the return on a series of stock positions with multiple uneven transactions that I can compare to the equivalent buy and hold return over the same period? Random Example: Starting ...
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Why doesn't buy at open get the official open price?

Every day, a stock or ETF has an official open price, like its high, low, and close prices. If I put in a market-buy-at-open order, whether well before the open (overnight) or just a minute or two ...
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How can I identify a likely bull trap?

Ok, so I've been learning a lot about bear traps recently and think I've got it. Based on creating a lead in trendline and a sell line to match, and on the cues in the swings, I'm saying this is a ...
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Does the Section 1256 Rule (60/40 rule) pass through to Mutual Fund holders?

Section 1256 of the U.S. Tax Code applies, in many situations, to SPX options. If I own a mutual fund that makes use of SPX options, do the SPX gains get passed through to me on a 60/40 basis -- e.g. ...