Questions tagged [broker]

An individual/entity who helps buy or sell a tradable asset. Often used with stocks, bonds, options, foreign-exchange. Related tag is brokerage, the fees charged by the broker.

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Is this broker a scam?

I was contacted by a 'broker' in January, they said they're based in Switzerland (I'm based in the UK), and they asked to invest some money (as minimum as $1000). They told me that my platform would ...
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How does Fidelity make money off me?

I have an IRA account with Fidelity which I use to buy a handful of Fidelity mutual funds. Since they are Fidelity mutual funds, Fidelity does not charge commission on them. So how then does ...
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Why do real estate agents always ask me whether I am buying property to live-in or as an investment?

Trying to buy a house. Along with -- what is the maximum you are willing to pay -- this is the most frequent question. Why do they care whether I will live in it or rent it out? The two are not ...
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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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How do I invest and buy/sell stocks? What does “use a broker” mean?

This is an embarrassingly basic question. I'm a college student and know very, very little about the world of investing and purchasing stocks. I realize that some Googling could find me the answer ...
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What does Benjamin Graham mean by “Those who speculate make money for their brokers”?

In The Intelligent Investor, page 36, Zwieg, who is writing the commentary, states "those who invest make money for themselves. Those who speculate make money for their brokers." Why is it the case ...
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What's the differences between a discount broker and a regular broker?

What are the differences between a discount broker and a regular broker? "Discount" implies a price difference... but why can they be cheaper than regular brokers??
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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 can stockbrokers be so cheap in the U.S.?

How do stockbrokers in the U.S. manage to be so cheap? In Germany, I know a few brokers but at most of them, the cost of an order is over 5€ (approx. 6$) every time. In the states, you have brokers ...
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Why companies appear in several stock exchanges?

Let's say I want to buy stocks of Sinopec which is a Chinese company. I would expect to buy it from HKS and in local currency. With the Degiro broker which is Dutch, I see "Sinopec Shangai Petrochem-H ...
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What happens to my stocks when broker goes bankrupt?

Let's say I have bought many stocks, ETFs and other products through Degiro. If degiro closes, do I have "access" to my financial products? How? Can I sell them aftewards through another broker?
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Is the stereotype of a businessman shouting “SELL!” and “BUY!” into a telephone in any way attached to reality?

In numerous cartoons and whatnot, you see a rich businessman shouting "BUY!" or "SELL!" into a telephone. Sometimes, it's just that, and sometimes, they may shout the slightly more ...
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Is thomastradingservices legit? [duplicate]

I have invested in a company called thomastradingservices (link removed) and got profit. Now to withdraw they say I need to buy bitcoin worth 20% of the profit and send it to their wallet to receive ...
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What is a securities license?

I need to fill in a form. It says on it: "This form asks that you list any and all securities licenses you currently hold and/or previously held." What is a "securities license"?
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Stability of a Broker: What if your broker goes bankrupt? Could you lose equity in your account?

What exactly happens if a broker runs out of funds? Could you actually lose equity in your account? If so, what should you be examining when looking at the financial report of your broker?
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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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How to incentivize a real-estate broker to find me a cheap house

I am looking for a house to buy. Most real-estate brokers that I know of represent the sellers. This means that they get a certain percentage of the selling price. This means that they have an ...
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Can I sell my stocks for less by transferring them to another brokerage?

I would like to sell approximately $35000 in stocks currently held at Edward Jones. My total portfolio is approx. 1.5 million. Edward Jones will charge me 1% of the sale. Would it make sense to ...
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Why the need for human brokers while there are computers?

In this day and age there are still human brokers on the trading floor. Computers are perfectly capable of negotiating a deal (buy/sell) in milliseconds when ordered to do so. So why are there still ...
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Maximize trading commission bonus

As a new client of a broker I'm given $300 of free commission on trading (basically on everything: stocks, options, futures etc). Is there a way to capitalize this bonus by creating some combination ...
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Confirming that stocks are listed under my name

I'm new to stocks. Say that I buy a piece of stock through my broker. If I understand correctly, it's listed in the stock exchange as being owned by my broker, with my name listed under "street name", ...
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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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Is there any reason to diversify your investments across accounts at multiple/different brokers?

I have a few retirement accounts at Vanguard. I am considering opening a regular non-retirement investment account there. Is there any reason to diversify and open the new account with a different ...
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How does Robinhood stock broker make money?

I recently downloaded the Robinhood app that states it charges $0 commission for its trades. If so how do they stay in business by doing this? Is there something they are leaving out?
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Why don't brokers take money today for pending buy orders?

It was in the news recently that RobinHood had to prohibit some customer orders due to a lack of liquidity. The explanation was that because brokers like RobinHood take orders today which are ...
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How to invest with broker that will still be around in 40 years?

I am fairly young (late twenties), but would like in invest in an index fund or ETF. I will be investing around 700 Euros per month and plan to do so for the next 40 years or so. What happens if I ...
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Broker fees: Who gets the spread?

If one uses an online brokerage, or like my bank which offers me 100 free trades per year and I thus have no broker, who gets the spread?
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How do dividend reinvestment purchases work?

Typically if I buy a stock I buy the stock from some guy selling the stock. If I own AAPL I receive a ~2% annual dividend payout which I choose to reinvest automatically. Who am I buying these ...
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Fee structure when Opening Two Accounts with One Broker

I have a traditional IRA account that I want to move to a Interactive Brokers. I would also like to invest some non-IRA money with that same broker. However, there's a minimum balance and minimum ...
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If a brokerage commits fraud (by not separating customer funds), is there any SIPC protection?

Recent news on MF Global suggests the possibility that the brokerage firm did not segregate customer accounts. Suppose I have an account at MF Global and suppose they have failed to segregate my ...
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What dictates the costs of creating an options contract? (Commissions breakdown)

What are the exact components of options commissions? In other asset classes like stocks, I can clearly see the evolution of regulatory changes that allowed businesses to compete on the price of ...
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How did my 4 Tesla shares turn into 12 shares?

I bought 4 shares of Tesla on 3 separate occasions (between October 2019 and September 2020) and recently became aware that my brokerage account lists 12 shares rather than 4. So, my cost basis is $...
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Brokerage Fees for Covered Call Options

I have been doing some research and am thinking of selling a Covered Call on a stock I currently own and am planning on holding long term. I would like to make an Out-of-the-Money Covered Call (OTM CC)...
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Invest in Vanguard Index Funds (from Germany)

I am planning to invest in Vanguard Index Funds while living/working in Germany, but only interested in specific ones (see below). But I cannot seem to find them via brokers that I usually do my ...
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How can someone own only a part of a share of stock? Are the rights any different with a fractional share?

A friend told me, he is able to buy parts of a share. So he does not buy one or two shared but one and 1/5 of a share (1.20). Is this a benefit from the digital age? Because in the past, when shares ...
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Do investors go long option contracts when they cannot cover the exercise of the options?

Consider I want to buy some american-style call options for a particular stock, and suppose this underlying stock 'XYZ' is valued at $100 a share. Suppose I go long (buy) 10 option contracts for XYZ ...
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Are large brokers audited to ensure client funds are ring-fenced?

In the UK we have a Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) that covers investors for up to £85,000 if their broker goes bankrupt. We also have a law stating that brokers must ring fence their ...
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Scottrade cash interest?

I'm looking into opening a Scottrade account in the future, and was wondering if they pay interest on cash in your brokerage account? Are the rates published anywhere?
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What do brokerage firms do?

So in the past, before they had computers, I imagined brokerage was the fee given to a stock broker to give you advice on what stocks to buy, or to ring up and make a trade for you. But now ...
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How do brokers make money from margin accounts?

How do brokers make money when they lend customers money to trade on margin? Let's say someone deposits $30,000 into an account and is given power to purchase $60,000 worth of securities. The person ...
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Where can I buy stocks if I only want to invest a little bit at a time, and not really be involved in trading?

(I'm like the guy asking that question "Shares; are they really only for the rich/investors?":) I would like to invest £50 (or $50) here and there from time to time. (I choose the companies I like.) ...
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How do you go about buying currency futures for foreign currencies?

I was interested in buying currency futures for some foreign currencies. How do you go about getting these? I am looking for 6 to 12 month futures.
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How to read “Change in Dividend Accruals”?

This is from an Interactive Brokers monthly statement. My question is, how much of the AUD 36.06 dividend was actually payed out to the account after tax? And how do I read the lower table with the ...
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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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How do brokers handle “hidden” stock orders?

Some brokers offer the feature of making stock orders "hidden," which effectively hides them from bid/sell/deepbooks. How exactly does this work? See this example from Interactive Brokers.
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Do online brokers use market makers?

If I use an online broker such as Trade King or Scottrade to buy shares of some company, how do they buy the shares? Do they have to go through a market maker? Is there a notion of the broker ...
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What is the market rate of non-cash ISA fund administration fee in UK?

A friend of mine suggested a plan that takes a 1% administration fee (from the assets deposited) regardless of the type of investment you make (stock, bond etc.). This sounded quite high from my ...
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Why don't brokerages charge commissions on forex trades?

Why don't brokerages charge commissions for forex trading but do charge them for stock trading? Is it because the high liquidity of the forex market makes it easier to buy and sell, so brokerages don'...
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What do brokers do with bad stock?

I'm new to financial markets and how they work is still fuzzy, so bear with me. This question actually has multiple questions :( ... and a bit of a story. I was watching a YouTube video on the ...
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Opening a Roth IRA — How to choose a broker?

I'd like to open my first Roth IRA (I'm a student so I'll definitely never be in this low of a tax bracket again). However, I'm not sure which broker (or mutual fund company) to open it with. What ...