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Is there a simple valuation method for a spin-off

"Liberated Syndication" Libsybsyn.com is being spun off. This may be the first publicly traded podcast company. S-1 shows positive earnings and 30% revenue growth. Is there a simple method to estimate ...
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When a stock price goes down, does the money just disappears into thin air?

For a stock with market cap in hundreds of billions, when the price goes down, it's market cap could drop in billions in seconds. When this happens, does the money just disappears into the thin air? I ...
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Connection between gambling and trading on stock/options/Forex markets

Although this question may look like it belongs in the realm of religion, it is actually asking about the mechanics of trading on the stock / options / Forex markets. Some background information: ...
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Which technical indicators are suitable for medium-term strategies?

I'm doing some "retail forex" by (for example) exiting hydrocarbon-dependent currency and entering one weakened by parting the political union but ought to bounce back. As you see, I'm basing my ...
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Are stories of turning a few thousands into millions by trading stocks real?

I've seen stories on the internet, people got rich from only a few thousands by trading stocks. I've seen some trading academies claim offering courses that can help you to make a living by just ...
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How can I buy and sell the same stock on the same day?

In the United States, Is it possible to buy and sell the same stock on the same day? I heard day traders can do this, and you need to have at minimum of 25K in the account in order to be a day trader. ...
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What is margin in F&O trading?

I am new in trading and want to trade in Futures. I used the span calculator for that and get the following result : Buy 1 lot Sell 1 lot Initial margin 31,225 30,...
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Trading: who takes the money from FRENCH40 Or GERMAN 30 [closed]

I was wondering who have profits from the price of the trades like DOW-30 or CAC-40 or DAX-30? Will it be distributed to companies of the group or is it taken by the government? (It may seem a stupid ...
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Resources to begin trading from home?

Apologies in advance if this type of inquiry is inappropriate for this StackExchange. But it is a personal question, and it is about finance, so... Anyway, here is the backstory so far - I will try ...
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Stocks taxed just for selling, or just when withdrawing?

I'm humbled by the fact I couldn't find a direct answer to this anywhere so if one exists already just let me know and I'll del this one. My question is, say you have an Ameritrade (or similiar) ...
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What is street-side booking?

What is the meaning of the term "street-side bookings" in the context of broker operations? I suspect it has something to do with the Central Counter Party Clearing outlined in https://en.wikipedia....
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What are the scenarios if mining company around 4c decides to halt stock trading due to capital raising?

Also have to say that before that trading halt announcement the stock got +40% gain, anyway, does it usually mean that things are going forward and so the share price will climb higher or the price ...
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How much do big firms and investors affect the stock market?

I have been reading quite a lot on stocks and can't seem to figure out one thing. Let's say company A is doing very well and their stock is expected to triple in a year. How much of an influence ...
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Why does short selling require borrowing?

Taking a 'long' position when investing is simple - you buy something (e.g a stock) with the hope it will appreciate in value, meaning you can then sell it and make a profit. However, the reverse, ...
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Taxation of foreign currency arbitrage

I live near the border with Mexico have found a way to make some money trading currencies when I go over for the afternoon. Basically, I can withdraw money in pesos at an atm machine from a checking ...
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Pattern Day Trade Rule

I'm new to trading and to play around with I will open a small account with $1,500. The problem with this that I want to be a quite active trader,so I can make more profit from this small amount. But ...
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Is Stock Trading legal for a student on F-1 Visa in USA?

I'm an international student in US on F1 Visa. I just want to know if how legal is trading stocks on my visa status. I've found some posts on quora that say Trading is completely legal, but should not ...
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Could someone place an independent film on the stock market?

Just curious. I'm not sure exactly how the stock market works so i was wondering if people could invest in a filming project by buying shares which would payoff if the film succeeds.
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Stock stopped trading, what does this mean?

In December I bought ~30 shares of VOLVY (https://www.google.com/finance?cid=608656). On January 7th it looks like all trading stopped and my broker (TradeKing) says that this is now a worthless ...
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Maker taker fees - can somebody explain in plain english?

I'm interested in learning about how trading works, but this is all very new to me so bear with me. (I'm just poking around at this point, obviously nowhere near ready to actually be trading) Some ...
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Large BUY LIMIT orders' effect on a stock's price

Let's say a Nasdaq stock is trading at $50... Can a very large (outstanding) BUY LIMIT order at $2.00 pull the stock price down? Is this a legal/common practice? (I've noticed this being done when ...
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Total noob, where do I begin? [duplicate]

A little background. I am 28 years old, I have recently acquired around 5k and I am looking to start investing. I am from Canada, if that makes a difference. I have no idea where to start and I am ...
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Documents required to trade stocks

I recently decided I would get into trading stocks and wanted to set up an Etrade account to start. When making a brokerage account, they asked for these documents from me: Valid (non-expired) ...
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When a publicly traded company splits into two how are common shares fairly valued, distributed?

I recently read that Alcoa, a publicly traded company (AA), will soon split into two publicly traded companies. While merging two companies makes sense to me, splitting does not. Merging companies ...
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Basic Algorithmic Trading Strategy

I was searching the web for basic algorithmic trading concepts and came across the following article. http://www.investopedia.com/articles/active-trading/101014/basics-algorithmic-trading-concepts-and-...
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Will my money be safe in my trading account during a market crash?

I am an options trader. Imagine when I am peacefully trading on my trading account with my broker, the market collapses and causes a recession or depression. Now can I continue to trade during the ...
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How to fund my option house account(trading account) from india using a local bank?

I would like to know how to fund my option house account(Trading account) from India ? Option house is a US based brokerage firm Why would an Indian citizen need to fill up form 15CA & 15CB ...
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Is it normal for brokers to ask whether I am a beginner?

I know that a broker would try to do their best to help a customer learn if they are beginners so that they stick with them. Apart from that, do you think there might be other reasons behind doing it? ...
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UK citizen trading in USA?

I am a UK citizen and have worked in the US in the past on work visa. I am back in the UK now but want to start investing in the US stock market. I have a valid SSN and a US back account. Are there ...
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Is it possible to have a debt in real money cfd account?

Is it possible to switch from a demo to a real money account in plus 500 and then try to trade with the $25 you start with? I'd like to try trading, starting only with this money, but I fear I could ...
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Why are funds' transaction costs 1% of their portfolio turnover?

John Bogle suggests the transaction costs incurred by funds (and thus the lag they have on their investments) should be considered as 1% of the fund's portfolio turnover (0.5% for buy, and 0.5% for ...
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Can I buy stocks directly from a public company?

Is it possible to buy stock directly from a public company, bypassing a broker? It seems that discount brokers do nothing more than facilitate a trade and take a cut - I'd like to eliminate the ...
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Social Trading Platforms Basically Front Running?

I've been thinking that these social trading platforms that have been popping up everywhere are an absolutely terrible idea for many reasons. One thing I've been thinking is that it might be ...
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Is it better to buy put options or buy an inverse leveraged ETF?

Let's say you think the market is heading down in the next 6 months. Is it better to buy put options of an ETF (e.g., SPY) or buy an inverse ETF (e.g., SH)? or a leveraged inverse ETF (e.g., SPXU) to ...
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Best buying price on stock marketing based on market depth detail (CSE atrad tool)

I'm willing to buy some stocks from specific holdings. And on the trading tool there is a portion shows bid and ask list. Here I attached the screen shot of the window. What is the side (bid / buy) ...
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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: https://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&...
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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 ...