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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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Direct access to the currency exchange market

It is now fairly common for "lambda" users to have direct access to the stock market, i.e., see the book of order (up to a given depth), place a buy or sell order, cancel an order, etc. The bank or ...
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Will the stock market continue to grow forever?

I am relatively new to investing. I understand that the stock market, in some sense, reflects what happens in the real economy. For example, if the U.S. economy grows, the stock market in the long ...
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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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Do you have to be mega-rich to invest in companies pre-IPO?

Say there's a company which is known with certainty to be doing very well, but is privately held and is expected to go public within a few years. When such companies do investment rounds, are the only ...
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How do the rich and wealthy withdraw from accounts without leaving home?

I was at someone's house once and they made a phone call and had someone bring $50,000.00 cash to their home from one of their bank accounts. I think the person worked for the bank and wasn't a ...
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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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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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Stocks: do Good Till Cancelled orders get executed during after hours?

If I place a stop loss GTC order on my shares at $80, and it reaches that price during pre-market or after hours, will my order get executed? I ask because a lot of the time the stock opens at a ...
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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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Confused about stock merger reflection on portfolio

So I have stock in ASX who announced a merger earlier in the year with SPIL and I received all the usual merger notices etc about they will become "ASE Industrial Holding" and the way the share ...
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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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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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Credit card minimum monthly payment

I am opening a new credit card and am not sure exactly what this clause means: Your Minimum Payment Each Month. Each billing cycle, you must pay at least the Minimum Payment Due shown on ...
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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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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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How do I explain why debt on debt is bad to my brother?

My brother has about 5 loans that he paying back and he thinks that another 5000 loan will "solve his problem". He has been this way since he was young, he's now in his 30's. I'm trying to find a ...
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How can I trade in “OTC” stocks?

Where do you buy "OTC" stocks? I may be naive but OTC means over the counter. I am confused as to where to purchase such stocks?
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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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CandleStickChart: How to understand the timestamp of a candlestick

I'm in the process of learning to read candlestick charts. Many websites using candlesticks will display a single timestamp if you hover the mouse over a candle. Since a candle is a visualisation of ...
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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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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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Question about protecting yourself from company not beating earning estimate

I'm new to this site and thought I'd start off with a quick question. Let's use Advance Auto Parts (AAP) in my example. Let's assume you are looking into buying AAP and you do all the research you ...
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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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How do you compare the sales of a company like Coca Cola against another company like JPMorgan Chase to figure out the best investment opportunity?

I am wondering how to compare companies from the sales perspective. If I take a look into the balance sheet of Coca Cola) and take a look at the sales, they are pretty clear to understand. If I take ...
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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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Changing the price in a limit order

I have a question about a limit order, or any non-market order for that matter, like a GTC limit order. My question is that, if I change the price, or quantity, of a limit order, will the system ...
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What does “Yield Curve” mean?

In the financial news we often read about the Yield Curve. What exactly is it?
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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 does net selling or buying of a stock mean?

What does it mean when some one says that today there was a lot of net selling or buying in a stock. What does it mean because for every selling there is also a buying going on then how can you ...
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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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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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Why do futures traders write months in a strange way?

I was reading up a bit on futures and found that futures clearing merchants write months in a very unexpected way: Month Month Code January F February G March H April J May ...
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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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How can I tell what is “real” Motley Fool advice? [duplicate]

I clicked on a link and was taken to a video, which troubled me a bit and is a bit different from what I expect of the Motley Fool, of which people have presented as offering advice like "Live below ...
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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 is a “Subscription Rights Offering” of a stock one owns?

Last week a funny thing popped up in my little "play" brokerage account (where I own <100 shares of some stocks that trade below $5.00). A second line appeared below one of my stocks ...
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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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converting annual interest rate to monthly when compounding frequency known

Just like the title I'm looking for the formula to convert APR to monthly when I also know compounding frequency eg APR is 8% and being compounded daily what is the monthly interest rate I earn. Or ...
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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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How to approach fixing parents personal finances? [closed]

I'm posting this today to get some advice in case anyone here has dealt with anything similar. I'm including some background because it plays into the situation (i.e. cultural differences) Background:...
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Why would a lender raise interest rates if you are in danger of not being able to pay your loan?

This is a follow-up to this question. It is established that lenders charge higher interest rates to customers less likely to be able to repay their loan in full, but this increased rate shouldn't ...

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