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Order Book - Does the price (ask or bid) depend on the size of the order?

I still haven't quite grasped the concept of order book. In fact I still have a few questions like the one in the title. I understand that in a market, at any given time, there is a list of pending ...
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How To Calculate Daily Volatility?

I'm working in SQL Server and I'm trying to find the daily volatility of a stock's price. Is it simply day2price/day2price-1? Is that considered daily volatility? Or, is there something else to it? ...
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Does the stock market provide better long term returns than bonds outside the US?

There is an old saying that stock market provides better long term returns than bonds. The example usually cited is always the US stock market which has had a good bull run and has it doubled in ...
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I (21M) make decent money for my age. What are the best financial moves for my situation?

Like the title says, I'm 21 and I work as Software Engineer. I bring home a little over $3,600 a month(After taxes). My monthly expenses are as follows: Rent/Utilities $626 Phone $100 Car insurance $...
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composition of ADR in comparison to home market

I want to know how one unit of ADR is constructed from the home stock. For example, I see a ADR for India's Tata motors . ADR is trading at about $12 and in home market it is about INR 177, but given ...
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What does it mean by Global recession? [closed]

I am bit curious to understand what it actually means when I read global recession is coming soon. There are some questions which pop in my mind reading such news. Some of them are: What causes ...
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Is rent considered a debt?

I am taking a financial assessment. It asks me: What is your total monthly debt payment (e.g. student loans, vehicles, credit cards, personal loans, etc.)? Then the next questions are about ...
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How to do financial planning?

I'm not doing this for any entity other than me. I run a business and I'm doing some financial goal-setting for the next few years. What I'm trying to achieve with this is setting numeric goals with ...
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Is the math wrong on these future value and draw-down calculations?

Let's say I plan on retiring in 10 years, have some IRAs (401(k) rollovers), a conservatively invested taxable account and plan on contributing 15% to my 401(k) until I retire. I'm using round ...
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Ways you can end up paying extra on a credit card even if you pay the full amount back in due time

If you are a financially responsible person, you know how a credit card works, you pay back the loans in full before the due date, you don't take out money form the ATM or otherwise do something that ...
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As a 16 year old, how can I keep my money safe from my mother?

I am 16 and still in HS and work 20+ hours a week. I live with my mother (my Dad left us when I was a kid and I don't see him anymore). My mother is an alcoholic and has trouble keeping a job. I don't ...
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How to interpret negative bond yield quote

I am trying to understand investing in (non-us) government bonds. Looking at data I can find online regarding the bonds available in my broker is giving me information I can't make sense of. For ...
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Why Do People Continue Using Expensive Payment Services Like Paypal And Western Union [closed]

Paypal - the 'industry standard' for online payments makes this opportunity inaccessible to Africans in most cases. Most, who qualify to be a part of the workforce for some internet companies are not ...
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When is Retained Earnings considered equivalent to issued common stock?

The below reference states: "As long as management is presumed to be acting in the best interests of the stockholders, retained earnings can be regarded as equivalent to a fully subscribed, pre-...
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What should I look at to decide whether to keep or not my Restricted Stock Units?

The company has been happy with my performance these years, and I received RSU which started investing. I have never owned stocks before: even though the company is US-based, I'm not a US resident and ...
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What do we know about elementary financial education at highly ranked schools at the pre-college and early college levels in the US?

Several answers and comments have postulated ignorance of the most basic financial features, for example, a total misapprehension of "marginal tax rate". See, for example, the comments under the ...
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Is 95% of what you read in the financial press “either wrong or irrelevant?”

From a Cato Institute article by Steve Hanke1 (emphasis added): Most press reports about Zimbabwe’s fantastic hyperinflation are off the mark – way off the mark. Even our most trusted news sources ...
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What is an appropriate metric measure average annualized rate of return for an average investor?

Let us say an investor invests $X per year for N years. Let us say the final portfolio value is $Y. In this scenario, how should I measure a metric that quantifies "average annualized return"? I ...
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Is there a 1031 Exchange equivalent in Ireland?

I've recently been looking into buying real estate investments, & I've read about a 1031 Exchange in USA. Here is a definition I've found: Thanks to IRC Section 1031, a properly structured ...
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What are the different methods for budgeting?

I've always used the envelope method to budget. I know Mint uses a different method, but I'm not sure if it has a name or not. It could simply be a derivative of the envelope method. Wells Fargo's ...
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How can I support myself financially as a 17 year old with a loan?

I'm a 17 year old Ohio high school student who makes ~$160 a month working minimum wage. I have a $3500 loan (4 year duration) to pay off for a car with ~$2880 left. Monthly payments are ~$80 for ...
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Bond prices changing due to interest rates

I feel as if I'm missing a fundamental step here. I'm aware that bond prices fall as yields go up; but what makes yields go up? If I had a bond issued in the UK for example, and the base rate went up ...
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What is “corporate drag”?

What is meant by the term corporate drag? Have seen this in some valuation analyses associated with a numerical cost value, but googling terms like "corporate drag" or "corporate drag value" do not ...
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How to calculate the payback period when income is reinvested? [closed]

Could someone please show me how to calculate the payback period with compounded interest? So if I had a initial investment of $100, paying 1.5% interest annually that is reinvested, how do I ...
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Am I looking for a financial advisor?

I am a recent college graduate and have just started my career. The company I work for has benefits such as 401(k) which I have signed up for. I have some student loan debt and I am looking for ...
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Balloon Payment on a Mortgage

How do I calculate the balloon payment on a 30 year mortgage with an APR of 7.8%, where the balloon payment must be made after 8 years.
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What jobs to gain knowledge on finance? [closed]

I don't have former experience or education on finance, but I want to find a job in finance so I can gain more knowledge about it to help secure the future financially. I have a strong background in ...
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How does a bond's coupon rate differ from its market yield rate?

I'm trying to understand how bonds work and am confused by coupon rate vs market yield rate. Suppose company Foo issues a bond with a face value of $1 million, a 4% annual coupon rate payable semi-...
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Fed's interest rate vs. effective rate?

I'm trying to understand the "Fed interest rate". Wikipedia says: "Financial institutions are obligated by law to maintain certain levels of reserves... The bank can borrow the requisite funds ...
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Balance transfer fee

I am getting my first credit card ever and I am trying to learn how it works. I got through most of the documentation but I am trying to understand this: 0% Intro APR for 15 months from account ...
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Numbers in parentheses in financial statements?

In financial statements numbers are sometimes given with parentheses around them, while other numbers appear without parentheses. What does it mean if a number is enclosed by parentheses?
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Investments for Higher Expected Returns

In general, investments carrying more risk and volatility provide higher expected returns than those with lower risk and volatility. A 1-year T-note will provide a guaranteed return of 2.6%, slightly ...
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How exactly does a broad-market ETF work?

So it's obvious that a broad-market ETF attempts to imitate the performance of the whole stock market, but what I still don't understand is how it works and exactly what you are investing in when you ...
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How are micro-finance banks able to offer interest rates so much higher than traditional banks?

Recently while browsing on google I came to know that there are few small-finance banks which offer great returns with the high amount of interest rate up to 7% and fixed deposits up to 9-9.5%. like ...
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Why can unissued capital stock exist?

Unissued capital stock allows a company to issue shares at any given time, diluting the ownership of current shareholders. This does not seem logical nor fair. At any given time, shouldn't 100% of the ...
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P/E as market capitalization / net income

Price/earnings ratio is defined as: P/E = Share Price / Earnings per Share If we multiply both the numerator and the denominator with the number of shares, we get: P/E = Market Capitalization / ...
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What causes market-wide trends?

What cause market-wide trends in general, rather than company-wide trends?
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Is all of put option time value when OTM?

If I sell a Dec 65 strike put on 12/3 and on 12/7 the stock price is at $74 and the put bid/ask are .35 x .37, how much of that is time value?
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Investing platform options without fixed residency

Background: My wife and I are in our high-twenties currently living in UK. We don't have a mortgage, we're renting our flat. The only debt we have is the standard UK student loans, which is deducted ...
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Short-term selling of stocks with less profit

If I purchase $1000 worth of stock, and in the first week the stock value goes down to $900 and then in the second week the value of the stock reaches $1002, and then I sell the stock, Do I need to ...
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Do SPY returns include dividends?

Looking at a chart of SPY on finance.yahoo.com from March 1 - Nov 30, 2018, it returned +1.67 (+0.61%). Does the +0.61% include dividends? Looking at the historical data, dividends are displayed ...
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Understanding the FTSE Actuaries Share Indices on the Financial Times Paper UK

I am trying to understand how to read the Financial Times FTSE Actuaries Share Indices UK. In two of the columns it says Cover and Exadj. Cover is between Dividend Yield % and P/E ratio. Exadj is ...
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Can debt increase ROE?

I have the following statement which can be true or false. A company with operational rentability (EBIT/Assets) of 11% (after income tax of 30%) analyses taking debt. If the credit consists of 16% ...
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Meaning of “rat race” in the book of Rich Dad Poor Dad? [closed]

I want know what exactly rat race is and why most of the people fall into that trap?
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What is the difference between “trading in stock” and "investing?

I have no finance background and most people are saying trading in stock is not investing. I would like to know what actual investing is and if trading in stock is not investing. Then what are ...
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As a teenager, what's the best way to learn about investing? [closed]

I'm a 16 year old from India who wants to learn the basic principles of investing in order to secure a better future for myself. I've been reading quite a bit on various websites but those that I ...
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Flash Boys: “That was the tax”

I am reading Flash Boys by Michael Lewis, and I am very confused by one passage. On page 52 in my copy, they mentioned that their investment let them escape taxes. I am utterly confused how that ...
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Where do Master Limited Partnerships (MLP) lie on the risk/yield spectrum?

MLPs are required to pay profits to their limited partners. Dividend stocks can choose to stop paying dividends. Corporate bonds payments are fixed interest (a set number) but MLP payments are usually ...
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Should I create a personal income and expenditure statement at the time of being student with no source of income?

Many of the students in higher education level do not have a source of income like me and have daily, monthly and quarterly expenses of amount they get from their family, sponsors or scholarships. I ...
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Cash Transaction For Real Estate or Otherwise

When a seller of property of significant value or even an expensive exotic car requires a "cash purchase", possibly amounting to millions, is that actual cash - meaning buyers are hauling around ...