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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. ...
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Calculating Stock Trading Profits

I buy 100 shares of Company A at $10/share and one month later I buy 100 more shares of Company A at $20/share. If one month later, I sell half of my shares how would I calculate my profit? I ...
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New to options trading and need help understanding an options spread risk graph. What am I missing?

Suppose the stock is $41 at expiry. The graph says I will lose money. I think I paid $37.20 for (net debit) at this price. I would make money, not lose. What am I missing? Thanks for all your input, ...
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How often does a stock price change and where is this defined?

Let's suppose I want to collect stock prices for let's say AAPL on NASDAQ. Where do I find information on how often an official stock prices are calculated? Is is every millisecond, every second or ...
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Why do requirements after a margin call vary?

I have seen in various places that a margin call requires restoring an account up to 1) the initial margin level (or having this done for you) or 2) the maintenance margin level. As best as I can ...
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Why is it in a company’s interest to have high stock prices? [duplicate]

I understand that it is in the interest of a company to sell shares initially: It is a good way to get money to invest and grow. But once the shares are “out there”, why should the company care about ...
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Is there an academic framework for deciding when to sell in-the-money call options?

I've been buying 1-year at-the-money call options on various stocks as a way to increase my leverage. I almost never regret selling them once they are up 40%. There are many times when they've been ...
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Is it possible to improve stock purchase with limit orders accounting for volatility?

As a retail investor that puts a certain monthly amount into equity, I was wondering which is the best way to proceed when purchasing stocks. By best I mean the one that would allow me to purchase the ...
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A stock just dropped 8% in minutes and now all of a sudden the only way to buy is on the ask, what does this mean?

A stock drops 8% in a matter of minutes on very low volume (seems to indicate selling to the lowest bidder, ie buyer controls price). Now the bid price is higher than the last trade for quite some ...
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Is it illegal to buy stocks at a low price during a flash crash using a low GTC order?

We've seen several flash crashes in the past few years, and I suspect algorithms are some of what's behind these (see this as an example). In a short period of time, an exchange will suddenly see ...
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Stock trading after a crash

Let's say that I bought 500 shares of company ABC while the stock was doing well, and paid $10 per share for a total of $5,000. Then over the next year (while I was overseas, let's say) the company ...
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Is forward P/E calculated using current price(if yes, how useful is it)?

From my understanding, F1/F2 P/E is calculated using forward estimated EPS. And It seems to be impossible to predict future price (otherwise everyone just follow the Est. price) However, if it's ...
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What does it mean to “settle” a short interest trade?

I am trying to understand what exactly happens on "settlement date" as it pertains to short interest in a stock. A similar question was asked here. It refers to the nasdaq.com definition here (and ...
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Comparison between Ernie Chan's books: Quantitative trading and Algorithmic trading

I've just finished Chan's first book "Quantitative Trading: How to Build Your Own Algorithmic Trading Business" and plan to read his second one "Algorithmic Trading: Winning Strategies and Their ...
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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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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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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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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 ...