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Why does demand for stock rise when a company appears to have high future value?

So a company decides to raise money by selling shares of its stock. The stock is offered at an initial price of their determination. The stock is then traded in a market where forces of supply and ...
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Layman's guide to getting started with Forex (foreign exchange trading)?

How should I get started with Forex (foreign exchange trading)? How should I prepare myself for it? Please give your answer thinking of me as a layman.
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How does order matching happen in stock exchanges?

When I place my trade order in the stock exchanges, I know the price matching happens and only when there is a buyer and seller at the same price a trade happens. But how does the quantity matching ...
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Can we estimate the impact of a large buy order on the share price?

What I am trying to understand is: If we know the number of shares a company trades and the current price of the share, can we estimate what volume of trade that is required to move the share price in ...
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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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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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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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Data source for historical intra-day bid/ask price data for stocks?

Is there any place to get historical intra-day bid/ask data for stocks? (i.e. pricing information for throughout the trading day, rather than end-of-day prices only?) Does anyone even keep this data ...
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Can a trade happen “in between” the bid and ask price?

According to Investopedia: By looking for trades that take place in between the bid and ask, you can tell when a strong trend is about to come to an end. This is because these trades are often ...
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How to learn about doing technical analysis? Any suggested programs or tools that teach it?

I've been going through the OIC Education Courses recommended by @jaydles in another question about learning options. I'm about halfway through, I've learned a lot about how the stock market works ...
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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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Is candlestick charting an effective trading tool in timing the markets?

In the world of technical analysis, is candlestick charting an effective trading tool in timing the markets? If used correctly, how accurate can they be in picking turning points in the market?
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What is the meaning of “short selling” or “going short” a stock?

Can someone please explain the meaning of 'shorting' a stock with an example?
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Investement for beginners in the United Kingdom

Apologies if this question has been asked elsewhere. I live in the UK and earn a decent salary. I have never invested in shares or stocks, or bought a government bond. But I have recently started ...
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How do I find a broker that is good at providing forex trading (i.e. foreign exchange / currency)?

How do I find a broker that is good at providing forex trading (i.e. foreign exchange / currency)? Where should I look to learn about what brokers have in terms of brokerage, leverage, and software ...
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Consequences of buying/selling a large number of shares for a low volume stock?

Out of curiosity, I've casually followed some penny stocks that trade for under a dollar a share, and find occasional swings up of 10-15%. One naive interpretation of this fact is that if I bought ...
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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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Does an Executed Limit Order Imply a Spot Price?

Suppose I place a limit buy order at $10.00 per share for company XYZ on the NYSE or Nasdaq, while the spot price is say $10.25. If my limit order subsequently executes (whether 5 minutes later or 5 ...
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How does anyone make significant money on very low volume stocks?

After getting some answers to a related question, I thought I'd post a follow-up. It seems that if there is a low-volume stock, even with significant daily swings in stock price (e.g. 10-15%), one ...
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Algorithmic trading in linux using python

Is there any real time trading platform in linux in which one can test automated trading scripts written in python by ordering to a broker in a trial or demo account? Is IbPy the way to go? But IB ...
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Online Foreign Exchange Brokerages: Which ones are good & reputable for smaller trades?

I've been recently looking at some of the online (electronic) foreign exchange brokerages out there, mainly out of curiosity. However, swamped by the choice, and despite having a somewhat decent idea ...
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No transaction fee ETF trades - what's the catch?

I just noticed TD Ameritrade has program where you can trade from a list of ETFs with zero fees. Sounds like it could save me a bit of money, but my cynical side wonders how they make money off such ...
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How to make money from a downward European market?

The trader Alessio Rastani speaks in a BBC interview about the development of the Euro zone and his predictions are quite severe. He predicts a crash within the next 12 months but is also telling ...
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My account's been labeled as “day trader” and I got a big margin call. What should I do? What trades can I place in the blocked period?

HI I recently received a day trading margin call of $14,852.63 requirement. I do not have that much money. What should I do? Should I close my trades and take all cash out? The system labeled me as ...
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Can you recommend a good broker through which a UK company can trade in US stock markets? [closed]

Anybody can recommend a good broker through which a UK company can trade in US stock markets?
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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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When would one actually want to use a market order instead of a limit order?

I'm new to investing. I'm looking into using an online discount broker to experiment with private trading. I'm in a position I don't mind losing money, but I don't want to lose more than I put in. ...
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Is there a good options strategy that has a fairly low risk?

Is there a good options strategy that has a fairly low risk? It doesn't matter if it's complicated, has several legs, and requires margin.
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Why is the bid-ask spread considered a cost?

I know the obvious costs of trading stocks, like commissions, fees and taxes. But I also hear people saying the bid ask spread is part of the transaction cost. Why is this the case? One of the ...
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If I sell a stock that I don't have, am I required to buy it before a certain amount of time?

I'm just began playing in the stock market. I just executed a SELL, because I think the market is going down. I don't actually have any of this stock. Apparently, it's quite common strategy. I would ...
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Choosing the limit when making a limit order?

I am a long term investor that periodically (several times per month) adds to existing positions. I usually place my orders for stocks before the market opens. I use limit orders primarily to protect ...
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What is the difference between a 'trader' and a 'stockbroker'?

Are the two terms referring to the same person?
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Does a market maker sell (buy) at a bid or ask price?

From http://www.fool.com/ddow/2000/ddow000509.htm Assume you want to sell some of your shares of EVE at the current "market" price. The lowest ask price from sellers is $16.00. The market ...
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Can the purchaser of a stock call option cancel the contract?

Let's assume there's a company, XYZ, trading at $11/share today. I purchase a call option @ $15 for $0.05. Do I need to keep funds in my account to satisfy the contract? I know my counter party ...
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What is a Canadian equivalent to Sharebuilder.com?

Is there a canadian equivalent to Sharebuilder? A site which contains the same functionality, and provides the same services at roughly the same price point?
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Why would people sell a stock below the current price?

Say we have stock XYZ that costs $50 this second. The bid/ask is 49/51. If I buy some stocks by setting a buy limit order for 47$, and it succeeds, there is a match; someone is selling the stocks ...
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Why is short-selling considered more “advanced” than a simple buy?

Considering the downward spiral in the market (which many are predicted will continue), I was thinking perhaps selling short would be the right strategy. But from what I can tell on my brokerage ...
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How can this stock have an intra-day range of more than 90% on 24Aug2015?

I am looking at this stock BKCC and was shocked at one point at its price of only $0.97. Just within 1 hour of opening, BKCC traded between $0.97 and $9.5. How can this be so, particularly when it is ...
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I plan on receiving a $200,000 personal loan via wire transfer. Do I have to report this to the IRS?

After researching online, I found many websites that said wire transfers are not reported to the IRS, but others said that they were reported. I just want to make sure that I do not have to pay taxes ...
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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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If a stock is sold but the purchase was canceled by the exchange, will it be considered a short-sale?

This question is asked as a follow-up to the question below; How can this stock have an intra-day range of more than 90% on 24Aug2015? BKCC had a 90% price fluctuation on 24Aug2015 and some buy ...
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The spread goes to the market maker, is the market maker the exchange?

I understand that the bid-ask spread is the difference between the price a buyer is willing to pay and the price a seller is willing to take for an asset. I also understand that this difference goes ...
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Are buyouts always for higher than the market value of a stock?

When a company buys out another company is it always the case that the company doing the buying pays more than the current market value of the stock of company being bought? Can a company not bargain ...
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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 ...
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Trying to understand the toxicity of a Leveraged ETF as a hedge

Using TWM as an example. Long term it looks very crazy. Like back in 2007 it was at $600 and now it is at $40. Let's say I have $10,000 in investing. My plan was to put $1,000 in something like TWM to ...
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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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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 ...