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Is money transfer from brokerage to Credit card account possible?

Why can't one transfer money directly from one's brokerage account to one's credit card account? Is it a technical limitation? What are the regulatory limitations [in Wisconsin, US] that prohibits one ...
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Do I enter only the latest (corrected) 1099?

MY brokerage account sent me the first 1099 about 10 days ago, I entered it into my tax software, but did not file my taxes yet. Last night I received a corrected version. Do I just have to enter the ...
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Will my father know I changed brokers?

My father started a small nest egg for me when I was a teenager. He was hoping it would grow to help out with a down payment on a home when I was older. However as I'm now in my 20s I've noticed that ...
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What are the options to invest in the UK stock market? [closed]

In Portugal, investing in the stock market is very easy, as all major banks allow placing market orders from a current account and hold custody of shares (for as little as €5 per quarter). I was ...
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Am I scammed by this company?

I'd like to ask for a bit of help. In a bad moment I put a good amount of money into a supposedly broker firm. Now we are in a situation where it happens my shares are preferred shares and they can't ...
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Street Name and broker problems

It is my understanding that if I keep my stocks in street name it is legally owned by the broker. As a result, if the broker successfully sued for a lot of money ( say 5 billion ) I would expect the ...
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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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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: I have $20,000 in my brokerage account The price of the $300 call is $5.00 (1 contract = 100 shares) I buy ...
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what Is the relation between margins, brokers, and clearing members?

What is the difference between clearing margin and margin maintenance? I know that an investor in a futures contract is required to keep a maintenance margin with the broker. The broker will require ...
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Insurance for my brokerage held investments

This is not about protecting the VALUE of my investments against market fluctuations, stock prices drop ...etc. What I am looking for is to protect my investments in shares and options that I am ...
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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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What Actually Determines Stock Prices from a Given Broker?

When you look up a stock's price at a broker, where does that number come from, and who decides if it goes up or down? Sometimes it's said that "supply & demand" determines stock prices. This is ...
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Is there a UK investment brokerage allowing purchase of fractional shares / dividend reinvestment with low fees? [closed]

I am a UK resident looking for a stocks and shares brokerage for long-term value-investing. I am currently working with limited money for investing so am saving until I can buy complete stocks using ...
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What are the steps for opening an investment account and starting investing in the UK?

I want to start investing some money I have saved. I have investigated about this but I'm still not secure about what to do. I have called to my bank to ask questions but they didn't help too much ...
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Can a broker buy shares to cover naked calls without notifying me?

I sold some in-the-money naked calls, and found out the next day that the broker bought the underlying shares to cover the calls. They claimed that the underlying is hard-to-borrow and since the ...
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How to enter an order to buy or sell stocks with the intent to cancel without risk?

There was a market crash in 2010, in that it is alleged that the scammer entered the sell orders with intention to cancel. With my experience, once I enter an order( limit or market) with a ...
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Do I need a brokerage account to invest in ETFs?

I want to start investing in ETFs, but this is my first time doing this and I don't know what do I need to do for buying stocks. I want to buy some ETF that tracks an index such as S&P or FTSE100,...
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Securities lending program vs a Margin Account

Suppose I have a brokerage account and I am long on a stocks very heavily and there are short sellers who need this stocks from my broker. There are two ways a stock broker can lend securities held ...
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Why Can't Some Commercial Bonds Be Bought Through Major Brokers?

I am interested in buying a commercial bond issued by a coal mining company. The CUSIP is 62704PAM5. I searched online at tdameritrade.com and was not able to find the bond using their bond search ...
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How do US brokers make money and what should a consumer look out for?

My question is an extension of Brokerage Making money. Recently, Schwab and TD_Ameritrade have lowered commissions to zero. There are other brokers that also offer zero commission. I know there is ...
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Buying an US ETF from Europe using Interactive Brokers

I am trying to buy an ETF using my account in Interactive Brokers. I am surprised to see that it is not possible. I am living in Europe and trying to buy an ETF in US dollars. Their response to ...
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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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Why are margin maintenance requirements based on total account value and not just the margin debt?

Just reading through Charles Schwab's margin brochure and saw this section... The securities used as collateral must maintain a minimum value relative to the account’s margin debit balance. ...
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How are limit orders executed at market open when the bid price is above the ask price (negative spread)?

In what order and at what price would these orders be executed? Consider the case that both the buyer and the seller submitted orders to their brokers while the market was closed. It seems logical to ...
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Canadian nomad, USD earnings - how to invest/preserve currency

I'm a Canadian tax resident who moves around a lot. Exchanging currency stresses me out so much if I think about it that I basically have just decided to accept volatility. I work online, and am paid ...
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Can a brokered CD still count as “Massachusetts Bank Interest” for income tax purposes?

On the Massachusetts income tax Form 1, line 5 is for "Interest from Massachusetts Banks". This interest income gets an amount deducted from it ($200 for married filing jointly), and is reported there ...
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How do stock brokers manage to get permission from the SEC to have extended hours trading?

Robinhood managed to get 9-5PM EST trading, while Webull managed to get 5:00AM-8:00PM EST, which is much wider than Robinhood's. I wonder how they get permission and what is the limit, or it can be 24/...
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Should I close my other broker accounts?

I am new to investing. A few months ago, I applied for an Interactive Brokers account because a review site said it had low fees. It was taking a long time for me to transfer the funds to the account ...
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Should one file 1040X to get extra $5 tax refund [duplicate]

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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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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Could my app take deposits from and execute stock trades for others but using my own brokerage account?

Don't know if this questions belongs here but I'd figure this place is the closest in relevance. Basically, I want to build an investing application that is open for the public to use. Many ...
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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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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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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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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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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....