Questions tagged [markets]

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Short-term robots and long-term investors in the stock market

Recently there are more and more robots that follow the short-term trends in stock markets and use it to bring immediate rewards to their owners. Since rewards don't come from thin air, this ...
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Discrepancy between market value and book value of a firm

I would like to know whether my reasoning is correct. Differences between market value and book value shouldn't exist in "a perfect world", since the value of a firm is whatever someone would be ...
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Efficient markets hypothesis and performance of IPO shares after lock-up period

It's noted here that the Linked In shares dropped 7% after restrictions on insiders from share sales expired. The layman explanation is that a greater supply of shares, and a desire amongst at least ...
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Who sets the price and provides the quoted price values for stocks?

I somewhat understand that the price of stocks is determined by the market, but who exactly changes those prices that we see listed on Yahoo! Finance for example? If I own a share in a company listed ...
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Mutual fund operations: How do mutual funds deploy incoming cash from investors in a fund?

I know there are many different answers for this depending on the strategy of the fund. I have heard that some funds invest cash from incoming fund purchases into money markets until they are ready ...
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Who are the various market participants in an initial public offering (IPO)?

Who are the market participants in an IPO? From my understanding: there are no short sellers, and no standardized options. The insiders may be selling but there are also restricted shares that can't ...
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Day Trading introductory books

I realize that day trading is considered to be highly risky, but the subject fascinates me and I would like to learn more about it as well as read about past experiences, both good and bad. Do you ...
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Is it possible to lower the price of a stock while buying?

Lets say the bid is 49.98 and the ask is 50.01, the midpoint is 50. Is it possible to intentionally place limit orders at 49.99, have them filled, then place limit order at 49.98, have them filled, ...
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Is a book from 2005 about fixed income securities obsolete, or still relevant?

This is intentionally a very broad question. How much (if at all) has the fixed income securities market changed from say 2005 to present day? The main reason I ask is because I am debating whether ...
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Is the quoted ask and bid the best ask and best bid?

I'm wondering, if you're on a brokerage site that offers "real-time" ask and bid quotes, are those ask and bid quotes you see flashed on the screen necessarily the best ask and the best bid available, ...
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Why is silver so volatile compared to the S&P 500?

As an example, silver took a 9.4% hit on 9/22/2011, which was a bad market day -- the Dow dropped over 3.5%. The conventional wisdom is that precious metals like silver are a hedge against a falling ...
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Why are the prices of some commodities (e.g. oil) more volatile than others?

Why are the prices of some commodities (e.g. oil) more volatile than others?
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Looking for a stock market simulation that's as close to the real thing as possible [closed]

The title says it all. I'm looking for a simulation stock market to play around with. One that is, ideally, as close to the real thing as possible. I've heard that Investopia is a pretty good ...
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Can mutual fund prices have opening gaps? Might my order to be filled at a higher price?

My broker offers limit orders on mutual funds. I was curious if mutual funds have open gaps like stocks do. If I want to buy a fund if it goes up to a certain price, would it be safe to set a limit to ...
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Guidance: New to stock market thing [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I get into investing in stocks? I am new to stock market, I had just opened up trading account, I will like to know a place from where I can read up the stuff and know ...
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Could someone explain this scenario about Google's involvement in the wireless spectrum auction?

Could someone explain this: What will that mean? If history is any guide, Page’s idealistic impulses could result in a vaster, more sprawling company. In 2008, Google participated in an FCC ...
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Discussing stock and stock index movement: clarifying percentage vs. points?

I'm trying to understand more about financial terminology used in news reports, but I'm having a hard time understanding what is meant when someone says the following: "NASDAQ was down X points today ...
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Who sets the prices on government bonds?

I noticed my country Greece wanted to sell bonds last year and they were stating "If they go above 7% we won't sell.". But who sets the price if not them? Why can't they say "the price is 5% and if ...
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What is the best resource to research the current state of asset classes for mutual funds?

I have a fairly simple asset allocation as follows: 50% Large Cap stocks 15% Small Cap Stocks 5% REIT 10% International Stocks 20% Bonds What is the best web site to track how each one of these ...
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Why are gasoline prices so hugely different between America and Europe?

I noticed in several cases it's triple or more.
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Is debt almost always the cause of crashes and recessions?

It seems every great crash, the underlying fundamentals always point to an ever increasing debt until it becomes unsustainable and bursts. How true would you say is that statement above?
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May 6, 2010 stock market decline/plunge: Why did it drop 9% in a few minutes?

Today (5/6/2010) the market dropped almost 900 points in less than an hour. I don't see any news story that explains the drop. Am I missing something obvious?
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Definition of “secular” in the context of markets?

When fund managers makes statements like this... "... [many market] inefficiencies persist for years due to the long-term nature of secular and structural changes [...]" ... I assume that they are ...

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