Questions tagged [markets]

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Why do people who sell something on a marketplace ever allow the price to go down?

This question really goes for any kind of "financial instrument" or whatever the generic term is, but I'm going to mention Bitcoin as an example. I fundamentally don't understand why, once ...
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Why do some investment firms publish their market predictions?

Investment firms often publish their market predictions. E.g. JPMorgan Sees S&P at 3,900 If Trump Wins Election (mirror 1, mirror 2) (no intent to comment on US politics, I'm not a US citizen ...
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What does it mean for the price of oil to be negative?

The New York Times website currently has this graph, showing that the price of "West Texas Intermediate, May contract" is $-13.10. Does it literally mean that someone's offering $13.10 to ...
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How could an amateur investor make money off of a market crash?

Assume someone 'knows' that a market crash could occur within the next couple of months, and has no access to 'professional tools'. What methods could this person use to prepare for the crash in such ...
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How to make money from a downward European market?

The trader Alessio Rastani speaks in a BBC interview about the development of the Euro zone and his predictions are quite severe. He predicts a crash within the next 12 months but is also telling ...
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Why oil traders selling oil on the day before expire date but not the other days earlier than that?

As you know, the oil price was negative on April 20th 2020 due to the future contracts expiration date. I am wondering why traders had to wait until 1 day before expiration to close the position (sell ...
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Conditions affecting Markets [closed]

There are a large number of complex and often unknown reasons that markets move up, down or sideways, but if we were to prioritize some of them as the order of importance, would this list be accurate? ...
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How are market rallies “fueled by sellers”, and market sell-offs “fueled by buyers”?

I am looking at Trading the Measured Move by David Halsey. In chapter 5 Using Multiple Time Frames to Trade, section Trading the Trend, page 85: Why Do Markets Continue to Make New Highs? Markets ...
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Why is the price of hydrogen (H2) in Germany fixed at 9.50 EUR per kg?

In Germany there are only a few H2 gas stations. Why do they all have the same price? Why is the free market disabled here? Which law is responsible and why was it created?
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What's the difference between a “market” and a “venue”?

I've seen the two terms used interchangeably. I've also seen ECNs referred to as "markets" but then seen ATSes referred to as "venues". I've seen "regulated markets" ...
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When sending orders to exchanges, is there any sort of personal identifier that is associated with the order?

If I place an order to buy or sell a stock or futures contract through a regular retail brokerage, is there any sort of personal identifier that goes to the exchange along with my order? I don't ...
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What does “buyer is maker” mean?

What do "buyer is maker" and "buyer is not maker" mean? If a trade happens where the "buyer is maker", does that mean that the trade happened as buyer bought a share? I ...
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Understanding the concepts of market maker and broker

Wikipedia says: A market maker is a company, or an individual, that quotes both a buy and a sell price in a financial instrument or commodity held in inventory, hoping to make a profit on the ...
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What is “market manipulation”?

What is market manipulation? When we can speak about market manipulation? Can "normal people" with a not so high budget manipulate the market?
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What's the story behind the Forex Broker

I would like to know when I open a position in market, what happened or what the broker does with my position really. Do I buy/sell anything in market or just we trade in market virtually and nothing ...
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Trying to understand the behavior of the bond market during the COVID19 crisis [closed]

I'm aware of several corporate bond indices that are (slightly) going up despite of the COVID19 crisis. For instance, let's take this corporate bond index as an example. Choosing the 1Y chart one can ...
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Price discovery and index funds bubble

I have read an article and watched a couple of videos about a possible index fund bubble. One of the arguments to justify this bubble is (if I have understood it correctly) that a very huge ...
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Why does rollover helps to cut cost of current contract?

Offsetting involves closing a position. Rollover involves closing a position and opening a new one. Is offsetting a part of rollover? If not, what is the strategic difference between these two? ...
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the impact of drop in oil prices financial markets performance and prospects? [closed]

Supporting that there is a correlation between oil prices and stock market. What could be the implications of low oil prices on the financial markets performance and prospects?
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the impact of drop in oil prices on oil producing companies? [closed]

Oil exporting countries will have a negative impact with the decrease in oil prices while oil importing countries will benefit from it. What about oil producing companies?
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What is the loss difference between offseting and rollover the contracts?

If you are long a futures contract that comes near to expire, you have two options: Offset the position or rollover the contract You have to take delivery of the underlying commodity For example, ...
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What happen to the Oil Contracts which are sold when there are only a few buyers?

If you don't want physical delivery, then you have to sell your futures contract before it expires. And what happened on April 20th is that oil prices went negative since there are lots of sellers and ...
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How come rollover the futures maintain the risk position?

I am still wondering about the risk difference between offsetting a position and rollover. As I know, both offsetting and rollover are involved in selling the initial futures contract ( which gives ...
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How does the fluctuation in the foreign exchange market occur at the same time in all countries?

How does the fluctuation in the foreign exchange market occur at the same time in all countries? For example: If the U.S. Dollar depreciated, does it — and how — get automatically ...
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Why isn't the market dropping like a stone with all the bad news?

So I am reading and listening to the news, watching the numbers re Covid-19, listening to and reading apocalyptic accounts of the coming recession, hearing of record breaking unemployment reports and ...
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How market regulations in different countries affect to the investment risk [closed]

There are some countries that have less market freedom than others (see Index of economic freedom by countries. Let's take into account only developed countries (USA, EU, UK, Australia etc.). Do ...
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Can I make a profit on a put option when I'm out of the money?

Yesterday I bought LB put option with a 5 strike for .28 expires in 21 days. Whenever I bought the put, the premium(ask) went up to 4.90. I understand that you can make money selling the premiums only....
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UK First time buyer- offer accepted on house: Should I reduce offer due to coronavirus?

I live & work in the UK. A few weeks ago, I had a verbal offer accepted on a house (I am a first time buyer). I had initially offered a bit lower than the asking price, that offer was rejected, ...
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What is moving the cryptocurrency market apart for speculators?

I would like to know if there is anything that moves the crypto market apart from the speculators, or are cryptocurrencies purely speculative? For example, in the oil industry there are hedgers who ...
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Planing to invest into DAX/S&P500/NASDAQ100 soon. Should wait for market crash?

I hope this question isn't too opinion based, even if I'm afraid it might be. Looking at historical data, one could argue that a market Crash in 2018/2019 might probably happen. Obviously no one can ...
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What happens to annuities in a long bear market?

Annuities are insurance contracts which establish regular payments to an individual by the insurance company, typically lasting until said individual's end of life. Usually, the individual gives the ...
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Is complete divestment possible?

Some climate activists have called for fossil fuel divestment. But anything that is sold is also bought. Is divestment then even possible? For example, suppose that all businesses, pension funds, ...
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Is buying and selling stocks at the same price market manipulation?

At the end of the year, it might make sense to sell some stocks which currently are in the red to compensate gains made by other stocks for tax reasons. Usually, people only hold stocks if they are ...
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LIBOR Reform creates Winners and Losers

One phrase I heard of the reform to move away from LIBOR is that it would create winners and losers. Can someone explain how this might happen?
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Correlation between the perfect market-timing strategy and the market itself?

What would be the correlation between a perfect market-timing strategy [that it always goes long (short) one unit of the market the day before the market goes up (down)] and the market itself, given ...
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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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Do banks need a foreign branch to access a derivatives market (e.g.) London

I would be very interested to know whether banks (e.g. Santander, Deutsche Bank, etc.) need a foreign branch in a country (e.g. UK - London) to access the derivatives market in this country. Would ...
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Why market makers price themselves?

Why bother with army of quants and complicated pricing models and not just use market price to set your bid/ask and adjust the spread to something sensible and profitable? I understand if everyone ...
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Is Buy X sell Y equivalent to sell (y-x)?

Suppose I have 2 trading strategies that independently comes to a conclusion, that in a market day, I am supposed to Buy X shares of Stock A and Sell Y Shares of the same stock A. Now, this need to be ...
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NPV and efficient market hypothesis

If I have an opportunity of investment that costs I in year 0 and gives me CF_1 in year 1, I will accept it only if NPV>0 NPV = -I + (CF_1)/(1+k) Now in order to discount the cash flows I have to ...
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Interest rates and what does “discount” mean?

I was reading an article that says "Interest rates play an essential role in financial markets. Foremost, they represent the rate at which investors discount risk-free as well as risky future cash ...
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What is the difference between Overnight Repo Operations and Term Operations When talking About the Repurchase (Repo) Market?

According to the NY Fed website: In accordance with the most recent Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) directive, the Open Market Trading Desk (the Desk) at the Federal Reserve Bank of New ...
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Bid and Ask in Stock Market

Further to the discussion on "Can someone explain a stock's "bid" vs. "ask" price relative to "current" price?"Chris W. Rea answered: In a stock market, the bid and ...
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CDOs before the 2007 crisis

I read somewhere that before the financial crisis of 2007 the financial instruments (CDOs) were so complex that the investors could not analyze them. Were they just complex or was there no public ...
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How much would a trading robot which doubles money in a period of time sell for? [closed]

How would factors of this calculation change for the rate of doubling, scalability (the maximum amount at which it begins to become less efficient), risk and other factors you might bring up a ...
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Why all assets seem highly priced?

Thinking about All Weather strategy, I looked at a number of financial asset indexes and their prices over the past year: US Stocks US Medium-term (7-10 year) Treasury Bonds US Long-term (20+ years) ...
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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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Getting Started with Algorithm Trading [closed]

I was curious if it is feasible and worth my time/money to build a trading platform using external APIs and libraries or is it easier to use something like TD Ameritrade. In other words, are there any ...
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Does an individual share of a stock have some kind of unique identifier?

A security has an ID like a CUSIP or an ISIN. Does an individual share of a stock have some kind of unique identifier? The sort of thing that once would've been printed on a stock certificate, back ...
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Bond prices - present value

I'm reading a text of Macroeconomics - Financial Markets as a chapter. It has a line which states: "Suppose you hold two-year bonds. Because the price of a two year bond is $P, every dollar you put ...