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Questions tagged [brokerage]

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What's the point of checking and brokerage accounts being separate?

On Schwab, I have both a checking and a brokerage account. When I want to buy stock/ETFs, I have to transfer money from one to the other. I can just do this from a webpage, relatively instantly. What'...
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How do brokerage firms make money?

I know that this question has been hinted at on other open question sites like Quora but I have yet to find anyone who lists all of the points in one place. I understand that firms make money by: ...
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Is it a good idea to copy a trader when investing?

I constantly get bombarded with an etoro commercial on youtube about a feature where you can replicate someone else's trading activity in real time. More details here. You select another trader and ...
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How does a company redeem its preferred stock?

This question follows from: What does it mean for a company to redeem its preferred stock? If I own a preferred stock and the issuer chooses to exercise its right to call, how does the redemption ...
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Should one file 1040X to get extra $5 tax refund

After I finished my taxed in last week of March, I received a Updated 1099 with only one modification where 199a is modified from zero to $50 or so. Refund is about to come in a week. Initial values ...
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How can a resident of the European Union (not from UK) practically buy stocks? [closed]

I'd like to buy a little amount (say, 5000 €) of stocks. I know it's risky, especially for an absolute beginner like me. Maybe you would like to persuade me to start with stuff such as such as mutual ...
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How can I practically buy bonds?

A moderately low risk of investment is a government bond. If I understand correctly, I spend €1000 on a 5-year bond at a yield of 1%, then in 5 years I get back 1000*(1.01)**5=€1051.01, unless the ...
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Can stock brokerages be a publicly traded company themselves?

I searched it on the internets but it seems like it's so common knowledge that there are no articles or explanations about it. From a logical gut-feeling kind of guess, I would say no. Any ...
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How do fraudulent brokerages make money except for commissions?

I just read about "rip-off" brokers that try to lure you in for a deposit with very high leverage and then cash in your deposit when you lose the money. But how does this work? If you lose all your ...
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How many naked option contracts can I write if I want to use maximum margin

Let us say I want to write a naked option on SPX in my interactive brokers margin account. If this is the only position I wish to hold in my account, and I want to use maximum margin, then what is the ...
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Tax implications of transferring directly-owned stock to a brokerage account?

I don't know all the proper terminology so I hope this is understandable. My father gave me a chunk of stock. The stock I now own is directly bought and handled through the company who's name is on ...
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Broker Didn't Invest the Roth Contribution in the Tax Year They Said They Did - Now We are Behind. What can we do?

The short story is: In the spring of 2016, we gave our broker a check to max out our Roth IRA contributions for the tax year of 2015 (check was written and cashed by the broker before April 15 in ...
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What is “Stock BP” in a brokerage account that's not trading on margin?

I saw that this question was answered on reddit here as well as a similar question was answered on this S.X here. But I wanted to confirm the meaning of a "Stock BP" amount if I'm not trading on ...
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How does ownership in fractional shares work?

I've been trying to find out some more information about fractional shares, and how they work. I understand conceptually, you own x% of a share rather than x "full" shares, but I'm curious about how ...
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Does SIPC protection apply if a brokerage doesn't actually purchase securities?

Suppose there is a brokerage (not like Madoff case), where investors buy ordinary stocks/ETFs (qqq, brk-b orcl or any stock traded on NASDAQ/NYSE, not pink sheet or unlisted) at a time (and never sell)...
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How does a private entity FINRA have authority to impose fines

FINRA is a private entity per https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Financial_Industry_Regulatory_Authority and per http://www.finra.org/industry/disciplinary-actions and also otherwise its revenue comes from ...
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Downside of having multiple brokerage accounts?

I have around 4-5 long term objectives, that I would like to invest towards separately. I was planning on opening a separate brokerage account for each objective. The benefit would be that each ...
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Online Investing and Trading Cryptocurrencies, Equities and Options in U.S. Markets [closed]

Would you be so kind and tell me which brokerage services might have fastest website and features (e.g., "limit orders", "stop limit orders", etc.) for trading cryptocurrencies (e.g., from BTC to DOGE)...
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How expensive is it to keep minimal cash at a brokerage?

With the recent events at MF Global, I am reluctant to keep any more than a minimum of cash at any brokerage; it seems that in the cases of fraud, you either don't get your money back or it may take ...
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Is SIPC a scam or does it protect investors from fraud?

I was trying to understand if SIPC is going to protect me. Despite the higher limit, even for small investors, it can be a problem if I consider https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/why-brokerage-...
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Diversify across multiple brokers?

Right now my brokerage account has a non-trivial fraction of my total assets. It's all in a single account with Interactive Brokers. I know in theory customer funds and assets are ring-fenced, but ...
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Can stock brokerage firms fail?

Can brokerage firms like Fidelity, TD Ameritrade, or Vanguard fail? They seem pretty unshakable, but the recent financial crisis made it clear that even very large financial companies can fall. And ...
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Is SIPC coverage on cash as strong as FDIC?

I'm considering opening a brokerage account with a broker that is requesting $10,000 minimum funding. That money will not go to an FDIC covered bank account. But the broker does have an SIPC insurance....
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What is the typical time taken for SIPC to return money and stocks to brokerage clients when the broker goes under?

SIPC's job is safeguard the money and securities of brokerage clients when broker goes bankrupt. One of the tasks is to speed up the return of these possessions to the clients. Going by past ...
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FDIC vs SIPC: Are they the same?

Before posting this question I did read Is SIPC coverage on cash as strong as FDIC?, but the answer did not seem to make much sense/lacked many answers to help clarify for me. I was doing some ...
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Different brokerage accounts for HSA, IRA, 401(k), misc.?

I truly cannot find this information on my brokerage website. I have a brokerage account for my HSA, and if I wanted to use this same brokerage to invest cash I have sitting in my bank acct. would I: ...
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Have brokerage and DEMAT account in separate places in India

Can I have brokerage and DEMAT accounts in two separate institutions - or do they have to be in the same institutions? For example, can I have a brokerage account at zerodha.com and a DEMAT account ...
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What happens when a stock gets removed from the exchange I used to buy it?

I own stocks of Siemens Gamesa which I (foolishly) bought via the XETRA stock exchange instead of the more liquid Spanish Mercado Continuo. The stock has always received little attention and liquidity ...
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Take money out of paycheck into income producing asset(s)

My company has a 401k plan where they would take out money from my paycheck and match whatever I put into it. The concept of taking money out of my paycheck every two weeks and put it into a ...
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How do you know if stock warrants are american or european style?

On interactive brokers i was looking at some put warrants for GE which are being traded on the frankfurt exchange but i don't know if i can exercise them when i want, since I don't know if the ...
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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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How are brokerage accounts protected from theft, computer glitches and fraud?

I'm thinking about investing in stocks, but I'm worried about losing my investments for reasons unrelated to changes in the market. I know that brokerage accounts are not FDIC-insured. What if a ...
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Exercising an option without paying for the underlying

As a follow up to my other question, I would like to know whether the following is possible: Let's say I have $20.000 in my brokerage account Suppose there are call option with strike 300 (and normal ...
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Covered call vs naked put in online brokerages

If a covered call has same risk profile as naked put, how come brokers allow covered call but only allow naked puts to experienced traders?
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Who (owner/ writer)needs to pay the option assignment fees

When an option is exercised, there is an option assignment fee that needs to be paid to the (broker/clearing house)? So if the options expire worthless, this fee need not be paid. But in the case ...
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What is the interest rate online brokerages paying out tied to?

From my understanding it's tied to something called the 'prime rate', but what is that really and who determines what it is? Is it always less than the rate of inflation?
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Settlement timing when buying/selling mutual funds

Schwab tells me that Money Market and all of their Mutual Funds settle at T+1. Suppose I have $1000 in a Money Market and I wish to buy $1000 in an SP500 index Mutual Fund. I issue a sell order for ...
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Contract notes in India: Benefits for delivery trades?

Suppose I buy equity in an Indian online brokerage on delivery basis (not day trading), intending to hold the equity for extended periods of time. What is the benefit of asking and paying extra for a ...
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Exchange Roth IRA mutual fund to Roth brokerage account

Will I incur taxes for exchanging funds in a Roth IRA mutual fund (Vanguard) for a Roth IRA brokerage account?
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What recourse does FINRA provide?

I am contemplating bringing a complaint against a brokerage regarding an order in good standing that was not processed correctly. If FINRA does find against the broker, other than fines/sanctions, ...
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Why does it take 5-7 business days to transfer a brokerage account from Fidelity to Vanguard?

I was looking at the status of a transfer of a brokerage account from Fidelity to Vanguard, and read that it is estimated to take 5-7 business days: Why does it take 5-7 business days to transfer a ...
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How to transfer common stocks from a broker in France to a broker in the United States?

I have some stocks in a brokerage account in France. How can I move them to a brokerage account based in the United States?
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How do trading platform like TD-AmeriTrade or Fidelity work?

When an individual places a trade on an online brokerage, is it against their order book or is it against the order books of exchanges like NYSE? Do brokerages warehouse some risk when making markets? ...
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Two Margin Accounts

Both E*Trade and TD Ameritrade have a policy that says an investor cannot have two margin accounts with them. He can have two or more cash accounts. Neither firm could tell me why they have this ...
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Received Excess Distribution from IRA how to reflect in Taxes

How to reflect excess distribution I received from regular IRA account (brokerage). I rolled over 30K from one IRA to brokerage IRA (within same bank) I contributed $5500 to brokerage IRA (late March ...
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Why does my bank suddenly need to know where my money comes from?

Today, I went to my brokerage account at Wells Fargo and the page said that online trading was suspended. I called them and the rep. said, "We need to know where your money came from." This is an odd ...
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Are DRIPs subject to a settlement period?

Are DRIPs subject to a settlement period (e.g. T+2)? Does the answer depend on whether the dividend reinvestment accounts for complete shares vs only fractional shares? Are there any time ...
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Is reimbursement of a brokerage transfer fee taxable income?

I switched the brokerage for a taxable investment account last year. The new brokerage reimbursed the transfer out fee of $50 from my old brokerage. I don't have my 1099s yet but I noticed in the ...
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How can I buy options for foreign stock indices?

I'm a frequent trader of SPYW, and I'm interested in learning how I can get my hands on something similar for foreign exchanges like SHCOMP and JPX. Can that be done with American brokers?