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Questions tagged [brokerage]

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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?
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Are institutions like UBS limited in what they can buy, does that put the investor at a disadvantage?

I try to help with the finances of family members to make sure they are making wise decisions. I have a family member that is invested with UBS, and they have a financial advisor there that they have ...
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Recover long lost shares held by brokerage that got acquired

I am a UK citizen and had a brokerage account with suretrade.com in 2001, with a number of positions in NASDAQ traded companies which today would be worth a few thousand USD for the companies still ...
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How do I pick the right company for investing services?

I am looking to move forward with my life and get my finances on track/be financially responsible. Part of that plan has me wanting to start looking at investing and other means to help grow my ...
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Why might a brokerage firm stop offering a particular ETF commission free?

I have been happily buying units of IVV commission free via TD Ameritrade. They just revised their list of free ETFs and sadly IVV is not one of them. Most of the other institutions don't offer it ...
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What are the costs associated with the buying and selling of US Stocks for a UK Citizen?

So far from my research I have estimated costs, ignoring fluctuations in foreign currency exchange, for a trade profit of < $9,000, held for less than 1 year as: US capital gains tax 10% of profit ...
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Why can Robin Hood offer trading without commissions?

I was wondering why the startup Robin Hood can offer free stock trading, while other online stock brokers ask commissions. How is it possible that this is the first initiative that offers this kind of ...
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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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What are the effects of Ameriprise moving my mutual funds to a brokerage account?

I have some long-held accounts at Ameriprise (currently branded as Columbia mutual funds). I just received a letter dated Nov-1 which starts thus: As a client of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.,...
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Make disbursements from brokerage account

I am thinking of opening a brokerage account for the first time and wondering how I can do disbursements from it for large purchases, like a car, for example. I do not plan on getting checking for the ...
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Money-market or cash-type ETFs for foreigners with U.S brokerage account

Non-US investors who have cash in their U.S brokerage accounts, say Interactive Brokers, will be subjected to U.S estate tax. What are some securities, ETFs that are close to cash that these foreign ...
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Is U.S estate tax applicable to joint brokerage account of non-US citizens if one party dies?

This person has a joint account in Interactive Brokers with his wife. The couple are not U.S citizens. Suppose the husband passes away suddenly without warning. Is the joint account subjected to U.S ...
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Why do 1099 forms take so long for brokerages to prepare and send out?

I generally have my taxes done by mid January when my W-2 becomes available, but I'm often stuck waiting as long as another month before I can file because I'm waiting for my brokerages to send me my ...
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I trade options in the U.S. using Schwab. How could my wife do the same in Canada?

I'm an American, married to a Canadian. We split time living in both countries. I trade options and have a stock portfolio using Schwab. My wife would also like to have a similar portfolio of stocks ...
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How does a brokerage firm work?

I'm new to finance, thus please fix me if i misunderstand something. As far as i know, one can get an account on a brokerage firm, and have ability to trade on multiple exchanges. Good use case for ...
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To park cash and have no risk of losing principal, how can I achieve in my IRA or brokerage a counterpart of a bank-like savings account?

I have $50k+ in my personal (taxable) and $50k+ in my retirement accounts. If I am conservative - I use a CapitalOne360 savings account (that in Sep 2016 yields 0.75%). For my cash in IRA (...
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Is a 40-50% Brokerage Fee Reasonable for Items Shipped Across the Border?

Recently I had a package shipped by UPS. When the man came he said I owed $49 in brokerage fees, almost HALF of the total value of the $100 item. Is it reasonable to charge this much?
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Bank money market account vs. Brokerage money market fund

I would like to ask about the differences between BMM's and Brokerage money market funds (besides one being an account and the other being a fund). What are the pro's and con's of one and the other? I ...
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Where does the money go when I buy stocks?

Let's say I spent 10k and bought some shares of stock A, where does the cash 10k go? Does it go to the stock broker and then the stock broker gives the money to the company of the stock A?
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Can I withdraw cash from selling investments before the settlement date?

If I sell stocks, will I be able to withdraw cash from the proceeds that same day or will I have to wait until the T+3 settlement date? Does it depend on the brokerage?
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When you transfer stock from one broker to another, is cost basis sent to the new broker?

When you transfer stock from one broker to another, is cost basis sent to the new broker? Here is my case: I want to transfer some vested shares from Schwab EAC to plain old Schwab. Schwab EAC is ...
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UK citizen trading in USA?

I am a UK citizen and have worked in the US in the past on work visa. I am back in the UK now but want to start investing in the US stock market. I have a valid SSN and a US back account. Are there ...
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Direct Registration System vs Brokerage Firm

A year ago I bought 10 X stocks. Time flew by and I checked my stock account and I had received a whopping 10 EUR in dividends. Sadly it all was eaten by account management costs, which is about 24 ...
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Selling Stock - All or Nothing?

On Tradeking, I have roughly 20 shares of 5 different stocks that I'd like to sell. When I set these parameters: price: X shares: 20 or fewer order: limit/day order options: all or none I find out ...
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Best buying price on stock marketing based on market depth detail (CSE atrad tool)

I'm willing to buy some stocks from specific holdings. And on the trading tool there is a portion shows bid and ask list. Here I attached the screen shot of the window. What is the side (bid / buy) ...
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How to transfer Brokerage Account from USA to Canada?

I am a new permanent resident in Canada (Venezuelan citizen). Since several years ago I have brokerage accounts in the US (in OptionsExpress). OptionsExpress doesn't serve Canadian residents, so I ...
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Automatic investments for cheap

I'm looking for a way to do automatic investments (say to put $100 every month into an index fund). I use Sharebuilder for my regular investments, but it looks like they charge $4 per transaction for ...
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Free brokerage vs paid - pros and cons

I currently have 30 free trades per month with a brokerage firm due to my account balances at their banking arm. I will typically trade a few shares of various companies in very small dollar amounts. ...
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I need to open a brokerage account in the US from AUSTRALIA

Does anyone know if I may be able to open a brokerage account in the united states but living in Australia, to use in trading.
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Do those who invest large amounts of money in stocks pay typical brokerage commissions?

I actually invested $2000 in stocks, and paid brokerage fees of 0.5% to the broker on both sides (buy & bell) or approximately $22.50 ($10 + $12.50 in commissions after a gain of $500). So my ...
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Why should I choose a 401(k) or IRA over a standard brokerage account?

401(k)'s and other retirement accounts have limits on restrictions on when your money can be withdrawn. But let's say I score a job making a huge sum, can save a lot, and want to retire decades early. ...
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Trading on exchanges or via brokerage companies?

I was wondering what relations are between brokerage companies and exchanges? Are brokers representing investors to trade on exchanges? For individual investors, what are some cons and pros of ...
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Does investing in index funds on a monthly basis involve brokerage fees?

Let's say i want to invest in some index funds, and i know which ones to go for. Let's say i can also make the initial required minimum investment. My question is, will an automatic investment plan ...
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Transfer shares to avoid brokerage fees

I like Fidelity better than Vanguard in regards to web interface and customer service. Vanguard has better funds for the way I wish to invest. Since I plan to invest in a dollar/cost averaging manner ...
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Mass RSU grants vesting — should I worry about the stock price?

My company was acquired almost a year ago. In the acquisition, most employees received RSU grants which vested on a 1 year cliff. These RSUs are managed through Etrade. My options for tax purposes ...
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Trade ETFs with Banks' Brokerages or separate Discount Brokerage? [closed]

Hereafter, all money is in Canadian Dollars. My relative in Canada banks with HSBC Canada, is an Advanced customer, and possesses an HSBC InvestDirect account. She buys and holds for the long run, ...
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How can I simplify my interactions with my online brokerage for buy, selling, and rebalancing mutual funds?

Whenever I want to buy or sell mutual funds, it ends up being a multiple day process for me. For example buying mutual funds: Visit my brokerage account and have them transfer the funds in from my ...
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What happens to personal data I disclose for joining an employee stock plan?

My employer has offered me to participate in a stock incentive program wherein I will receive a certain amount of stock in their American parent corporation on the (ostensibly) sole condition that I ...
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How can a retail trader work on improving his trade execution

In some trading books, the trader is advised to work on getting better execution. What does this really mean? For execution, the trader is at the mercy of the broker's algorithms and infrastructure. ...
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Are there any caveats to withdrawing funds from brokerage?

I have recently opened a brokerage account and want to deposit some funds. Before I begin investing, I am curious if there are any caveats to withdrawing my money in the future. I am a US citizen ...
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What is the calculation of net asset value of my brokerage account

In my brokerage account, is my total account balance (cash + equities) the same as the net asset value of the account? Or is there a difference?
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Can expense ratios for certain ETFs differ between brokerages?

I have an account with two different online brokers. I've noticed when comparing the two sites, that one of them seems to have lower expense ratios for ETFs than the other. Is this possible or am I ...
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Brokerage's calculation of my profits or losses on stock trades

I've noticed that my brokerage (Wells Fargo) uses a different system to calculate my profits and losses, instead of the mental accounting I follow. E.g., I buy 100 shares of stock A in July 2014 at ...
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Interactive Brokers Margin Accounts

I've read the margin documentations on IB but am not sure given the following scenarios. I have a reg-t margin account trading stocks/etfs. Scenario 1: I do weekly re-balancing of a portfolio of 1-...
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What is the correct way to report a tender offer fee on my taxes?

In 2011, I participated in a tender offer for Sunpower which had a fee of $25. My broker's tax form 1099B showed the proceeds from this offer but did not exclude this fee. My own calculations did ...
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Is it possible that for shares to be reinvested in a stock you already sold?

I just recently set my taxable investment account from reinvest dividends to deposit in cash. However, there seems to be a delay (I assume related to one of the various dates associated with dividends)...
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Understanding summary of brokerage account value, cash balance, buying power?

I am totally new to stock and their trading. I have questions when I was trying to understand an account at a brokerage company: Account 12345678(Margin) Net Liq Value $23,416.36 Buying Power - ...
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How does transferring to a new brokerage account work?

I currently have 2 brokerage accounts - one at Schwab and one at Vanguard - I would like to consolidate them both at Vanguard. How does that work? Do the stocks (mutual funds in this case) just ...
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Other than being able to borrow to invest, how is a margin trading account different from a cash account?

Other than being able to borrow against one's portfolio value to purchase additional investments, how is a typical brokerage margin trading account different from a typical cash trading account? ...