Questions tagged [brokerage]

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How do I get into investing in stocks?

How do I get into investing in stocks?
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Why do a lot of people recommend Vanguard so often?

What is it with Vanguard? I've heard the name come up a bunch, but I don't know why this particular company is getting all the good free press...
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How can I purchase Skype stock during the IPO?

Skype will be going IPO soon. How can I purchase their IPO stock?
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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? ...
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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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Can you use external money to pay trading commissions in tax-free and tax-deferred accounts?

I contribute the max to my Roth IRA every year ($5500 in 2013, for example). However, let's say I use that money to buy two stocks, with a commission $10 each, so I am effectively only contributing $...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Finding a Brokerage for Dollar-Cost Averaging

What lessons can you share when practicing dollar-cost averaging with a discount brokerage? The goal is an inexpensive way to invest with every paycheck. With amounts that small, commissions have a ...
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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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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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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)...