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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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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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How to select a service to use to begin making investments?

I'm looking to make a small investment in stocks. I like the idea of ETF's and since I'm based in Ireland I'm considering using Davy : http://www.davyselect.ie/our-services/self-invest.html Is this ...
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Can institutional, quant, or other professional traders “prey on” (make money from) retail investors?

I was recently reading a well known forum, and someone made this post: I worked for a large investment bank about 10 years ago, writing trading programs for quant traders who were market ...
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What would stop someone from taking advantage of wide bid-offer spreads in extended hours trading via short selling?

I understand that the less volume occurring in a security, the less liquidity (the wider the bid-offer spread). So my question is, in pre-market and after-hours trading, when bid-offer can widen ...
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Why hedge when one can simply reduce the position size?

Often, I would read about traders/investors hedging their position in case things do not go their way. I find this strange. If one were unsure, then wouldn't it be better to simply reduce the position ...
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Is it bad practice to invest in stocks that fluctuate by single points throughout the day?

It seems like a no-brainer to me: Find a cheap stock with a good name (Dell, FB, Sony) that fluctuates by a few dollars per day (between -$2 and +$2), and is consistent in the fluctuation throughout ...
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What factors you have do you count on to speculate effectively?

What are the factors that you consider if you want to make a thoughtful speculation decision (as thoughtful as being a speculator lets you be)? I can only count these: Market trends Patterns on the ...
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What is the “Short sale circuit breaker rule”?

Apparently there's a NASDAQ rule called something like short sale circuit breaker which limits how much a stock can be sold short after a certain drop in price or something like that. It really makes ...
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Books about investing and finances [duplicate]

I'm a python developer and I'm pretty interested in trading. Are there good books on finances and investing for programmers? Or just for beginners? I have studied some economics in college, but not ...
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Buying a small amount (e.g. $50) of stock via eToro “Social Trading Network” using a “CFD”?

On LinkedIn I saw an ad claiming I could buy some AAPL stock for as little as $50. I clicked and came to a site called eToro that calls themselves a "Social Trading Network". It appears the buying of ...
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How can foreign investor (residing outside US) invest in US company stocks?

I am a small individual investor (less than $100K) and would like to invest in US stock market. My invest style is to buy-and-hold a good US's company stocks. I checked couple discount brokers. All ...
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Is it true that 90% of investors lose their money?

Many investment gurus state that majority of investors fail and then offer a proven "[insert fancy name] investment strategy" that will make you successful. The number usually starts at 90% and often ...
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How is money actually made from the buying or selling of options?

I understand that when you purchase an option it is a contract that allows you buy or sell a security at a specified price on or by a certain time. If you purchase a call option you have the right to ...
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Is it possible to quantify the probability of sudden big movements for a high-volume stock?

As an example: Over this past weekend, from Friday close to Monday open, Netflix (NFLX) dropped about 36% in stock price. Going back to July, Netflix was trading near $300, and now it is at about ...
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Advice for a beginner investor interested in trading stocks and derivatives online?

I wanted to start an E-Trade account more or less just to fool around with. The goal is always to make money obviously, but at first I just kind of want to experiment and get familiar with the ...
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Some questions about investing [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where to start with personal finance? I have started saving up some money and would like to utilize it better than to just put it in a savings account. How can someone ...
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I'm in Australia. What should I look for in an online stock broker, for trading mostly on the ASX?

I'm currently with ETrade, and just from doing a little research, I think they're a little expensive. They're about $25 a trade where as other places are $15. I was wondering, when finding an online ...
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Video recommendation for stock market education

I'm just beginning my entry into stock market investing, the answers to this question helped a lot. I decided to research available videos and workshops to speed up my learning and get good expert ...
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Questrade: Tax Free Trading Account. Why don't other brokers in Canada have these?

I noticed Questrade has a Tax Free Trading Account. Is this too good to be true? Why do other brokers not have a "Tax Free Trading Account" where your gains are not taxed and where you can contribute ...
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When entering a Futures contract, must the margin deposit be idle or can I profit from it?

Let's say I am trading in a Reg-T Margin account. When entering a Futures contract, a certain amount of cash is needed as collateral (usually 5%-15%). I'd like to see that collateral generate income ...
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Where to find really good articles on stocks and general trading information?

Apart from this website, are there any other websites out there that are focused on trading and investing?. I am looking for a website where I can find articles etc on trading and investment - say ...
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Shares; are they really only for the rich/investors?

I've always been under the impression, that if you want to be a player in the "shares game" you either have to be an full time investor, or someone who has a lot of money to play with. Is this true? ...
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How can put options be used to buy shares at a lower price?

How to use puts, if you are a net buyer of stocks? I read an article about Warren Buffet buying Burlington Northern stocks and how he used puts to lower the buying price of the shares. Please, ...