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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
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How do top investors pull out 20% ROI?

I've been searching the ROI percentage of well known investors. Warren Buffet - (Berkshire Hathaway) 22% annual return from 1964-2005 George Soros - (Soros Fund Management) 30% annual return ...
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Using Fibonacci Extensions to set profit targets?

When trading stocks what are the advantages of using Fibonacci Extensions to set profit targets? What Fibonacci Extension level is most appropriate for setting a profit target, or can it be better to ...
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Does working in finance firms improve a person's finance knowledge?

I would like to know whether it is possible to gain personal finance knowledge if a person works in a good finance firm where he comes across many financial models.
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How does the value of an asset (valued in two different currencies) change when the exchange rate changes?

Suppose an asset is traded on two different exchanges in different countries having different currencies. In an ideal world without transaction costs, tariffs, taxes or delivery costs etc, the price ...
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Do query services like Google Finance and Yahoo Finance go back to correct busted and adjusted trades?

Do query services like Google Finance and Yahoo Finance go back to correct busted and adjusted trades? In other words, should I re-download yesterday's data if I want to be sure my intraday data ...
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When do I need to pay interest on my short sell position?

For example, if I deposited $3000 into the account, and I short sell $3000 worth of VXX(a non-dividend paying etf). Do I need to pay any interest on my short sell position in this case?
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How is stock price determined?

Is stock price determined only by the last trade that takes place? For example, if a stock I own is trading at $3.42, and I place a Sell Limit order for $0.00, will the stock price temporarily dip to ...
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Can a stock exchange cancel a trade after settlement?

As I understand, only the exchange itself can cancel an executed trade, for reasons such as improper dissemination of news. But can a stock exchange cancel an executed trade even after settlement, ...
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I'm a UK citizen, can I use US stockbrokers?

I want to invest in global stocks and I like the look of several US based online stock brokers. Is there a difference using one of these stock brokers instead of a UK based one? How does a UK based ...
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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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Investments - Huge drop in bid price versus last close

What happens if a new Bid price is substantially lower than the last Close price - close to 20% lower, and Ask is shown as zero? Will trading take place? Is this likely to be "big money" with insider ...
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As an individual investor, does it always make sense to sell a stock that's gone up due to a merger announcement?

Suppose I hold a stock that's recently had a run-up because another company has made a bid to acquire it. It seems like I should almost always sell the stock in this case, because there are only a ...
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ROI on Forex Trading

I have lately been reading up on what Forex Trading is and how it works. In many sources, it is described that a consistent investor can generate 15% return annually. My question is, what is this ...
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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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Trading security and tax

According to GAAP: If I buy 1000 shares of security A for 50$. Then later, I sell 1000 shares of security A for 150$. At the same moment I buy 1000 shares of security B for 150$. For tax purpose ...
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What constitutes illegal insider trading?

The SEC defines illegal insider trading as: [...] buying or selling a security, in breach of a fiduciary duty or other relationship of trust and confidence, while in possession of material, ...
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What is a good service that will allow me to practice options trading with a pretend-money account?

I want to get a little more practice before I put my money on the line. I was using Paper Money from thinkorswim through school, but my account is bugged where the buying power will not update. The ...
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Is there a way I can get bid/ask price data on the NSE in real time?

I need bid/ask price live data on the National Stock Exchange of India to find out what buyers and sellers are quoting on the stock market. My trading platform only provides the best bid/ask price and ...
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Do technical indicators actually work while analyzing stocks? [duplicate]

I have tried various indicators such as SMA's, EMA's, stochastics, Bollinger bands etc, while trying to analyze a stock, but they often are only as effective as making a wild guess on picking a stock. ...
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Is avoiding fees commonly found with CFD trading possible?

I'd like to push my trading experience a bit. I've been looking into opening an account with a broker that offers automated trading (I'm a programmer and would like to use my own trading algorithms). ...
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Is there a way to monitor when executives or leaders in a company sell off large holdings?

Often a stock price change can be related to when an executive, board director, or president quickly sell off their current company holdings. Is there a way of monitoring a company's insiders ...
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Do algorithmic trading platforms typically have live-data access to stock data?

I was wondering if algo trading programs use live stock data. If so, where do they get that information?
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When the market price for a stock is below a tender offer's price, is it free money (riskless) to buy shares & tender them?

For instance, on March 11, 2014, Jos A Bank (JOSB) agreed to be acquired by Men's Wearhouse for $65/share in cash. A tender offer to existing shareholders was set to expire on March 19th. On March ...
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Deducting related educational trading expenses from LLC?

From what I understand, you need to trade full-time in order to deduct educational related trading expenses such as magazines, courses, or newsletter subscriptions. If I'm not a full-time trader but ...
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I have $20k of imaginary gains from trading last year due to wash sale rules. Should/can I take mark to market?

I have traded for most of the year while I work at my full time job as a software developer. I am using it to augment my income. I like working in academia but it just doesn't pay that well! I started ...
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Difference between GOOGL and GOOG

why are there two ticker symbols for google ( GOOGL and GOOG ), they seem to be mostly identical but when I look at their market values they result in different values currently: 551.64 for GOOGL ...
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Trading: How do you earn a good income when there is such a small change in price (pips)?

I don't understand how one can make more than pennies on a trade when the price will only increase in minuscule amounts - pips.
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Stock market order execution

I want to know how an order gets executed at exchange level once I place an order through an online broker. If i place a buy order for 1000 shares of XYZ Company, does it execute at one exchange? or ...
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Stock Trade Transaction Fee - at what point is it worth it

I have a question regarding the transaction fees that brokers charge and to what extend that put a limit on the minimum amount of shares it is worth buying and how often you can/should trade them. ...
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If trade is settled at the Ask, can I conclude that the immediate trend is bullish

If bid price is 100$ and Ask price is 101$, and the trade happens at 101 $, can I conclude that the buying pressure is more than the selling? If the trade happens on above average volume, (e.g more ...