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How much risk should I take for each stock I trade? [on hold]

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
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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 ...