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Why isn't everybody rich?

This question came up after reading this question (stock market long term risks), in which it is re-iterated (as it has been many times on this site), that investing in the stock market, especially an ...
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Why is the stock market closed on the weekend?

It's all digital and done with computers these days, so why bother? Doesn't that just make the system less liquid, which is the opposite to one aim of having the stock market? Plus can't you just ...
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How did this day trader lose so much?

I recently read this article about a day trader that lost $100,000: A trader started a GoFundMe page to pay back $100,000 to E-Trade after a disastrous short Please explain this, because I can not ...
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At what point do index funds become unreliable?

Passively investing in exchange-traded funds that track some broad index is often recommended for private investors that don't have the time or expertise for active investment. In particular, index ...
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Can a company block a specific person from buying its stock?

Say there is a very rich, very unpopular individual. This individual wishes to buy millions of dollars in stock in a company he or she thinks will be successful. The company, however, realizes that by ...
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Why can't we all agree to create a self-fulfilling prophecy with regards to the stock market?

To start off, I'm very green in my understanding about finance or the behavior of the stock market, but it does seem to me to be driven largely by fears & emotions of investors. If investors feel ...
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How does a public company issue new shares without diluting the value held by existing shareholders?

When a public company issues new shares, the total number of shares traded in a secondary market goes up. Assuming there is no change in the fundamentals of the company and the profitability, I would ...
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Investment strategy for Google: What did I do wrong?

Background: I started investing in stocks in October 2017. I have a $22K portfolio which is 60% software, 20% semiconductor, 10% healthcare, 10% others (retail, banking, etc.). It's tech-heavy ...
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Why do stock prices of retailers not surge during the holidays?

My six-year-old (!) son asked me this question and I didn't have an answer, so I told him I'd get back to him. He asked why people don't buy a large number of shares of a company before the holiday ...
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What prevents stock prices from being artificially increased?

Let's say company FOO is trying to increase their $20 stock price. They agree to sell a share for $100. Of course, nobody buys. Now their buddy buys the share for $100. And maybe sells it back for ...
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Can a casual investor effectively predict the direction of the stock market?

Is the stock market an efficient market, with assets whose direction of change in prices cannot be predicted by casual investors? The reason I'm asking this is because certain family members are ...
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Why do baby boomers have to sell 5% of their retirement accounts by the end of the year?

This article on Marketwatch quotes Raoul Pal of Goldman Sachs claiming that baby boomers have to sell 5% of their retirement accounts by the end of the year. Here is the specific passage: Pal says ...
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What should I do with the stock I own if I anticipate there will be a recession?

I want to preface this with saying I am not asking if there will be a recession because I recognize that this is impossible to answer. I am asking if I feel there will be a recession, what should I ...
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Will the popularity of index funds cause a pricing bubble in the stocks that make up an index?

I can't help but notice the popularity of index mutual funds over actively managed funds. I think all the arguments are sound, but I have one worry: Index funds are run by buying the stocks listed ...
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Did an additional $32 billion necessarily get invested into Amazon.com stock on October 26th, 2017?

The share price went up about 6.9%, and the market cap is $466 billion. Does that mean that that much new money had to have been invested after hours? Would it otherwise be possible for the stock ...
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Why do banks give small APR loans

I apologize if this has been asked before.... If you can reasonably expect to profit 6% or more from index funds and there are other ways to make a reasonably safe 6% on the stock market.... Why do ...
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Paradox - When to buy & when to sell a share?

Warren Buffet says buy when everyone is selling and sell when everyone is buying. Taking into consideration the support and resistance levels, everyone is selling near the resistance level and ...
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How to invest in stocks without using an intermediary like a broker? Can shares be bought direct?

I am looking to buy stocks but I would like to do so without a broker. From what I can tell, the exchanges are good ole boys clubs that require you know (or pay) someone in order to participate. Am I ...
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Why is AT&T's stock price declining, during the days that they announced the acquisition of Time Warner inc.?

Why does the stock price decline when a seemingly promising acquisition is announced & agreed on?
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What is the relationship between taxes and annual liquidation of the markets?

I read this article on MarketWatch where they outline Elizabeth Warren's plan to tax the wealthy: 2% tax on every dollar above $50 million in assets 6% tax on households crossing the $1 billion ...
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How can I make any sort of profit in day-trading if the price doesn't rise much after I buy stock?

How can I make 'big profit' in day trading if every stock I've seen only raises by around £10? I've actually found some companies that make me a £30 profit, is this what I need to go for? I'm just ...
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What happened when the dot com bubble burst?

The Wikipedia article on the dot-com bubble defines it as: a speculative bubble covering roughly 1995–2000 (with a climax on March 10, 2000 with the NASDAQ peaking at 5132.52 in intraday trading ...
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Does it make sense to buy an index ETF (e.g. S&P 500) when the index is at an all-time high?

I have some money I intend to invest over the next 3-4 years. An important chunk of my portfolio would be invested in a stock market index ETF such as one representing the S&P 500. Unfortunately, ...
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When would one actually want to use a market order instead of a limit order?

I'm new to investing. I'm looking into using an online discount broker to experiment with private trading. I'm in a position I don't mind losing money, but I don't want to lose more than I put in. ...
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What's is the easiest way to purchase a stock and hold it [closed]

I'd like to invest some cash (just few thousands) that is currently sitting on my bank account. There are few companies I believe will significantly increase their value in the next years (let's say ...
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How is there a market for shares that get destroyed on sale?

After the spin-off of Hamilton Beach Brands from NACCO Industries I now own an equal number of A and B shares of Hamilton. Now here's the thing; the B shares have an interesting provision wherein they ...
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If you own 1% of a company's stock, are you entitled to 1% of its assets?

Say you own 1% of company ABC's shares. If all of a sudden there is no more demand in the stock market for company ABC's stocks, and its share price dropped down to $0, can you claim 1% of company ABC'...
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What is the rationale behind stock markets retreating due to S&P having a negative outlook on the USA?

From a Bloomberg article published on 18/4/2011 Standard & Poor’s put a “negative” outlook on the AAA credit rating of the U.S., citing a “material risk” the nation’s leaders will fail to deal ...
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Where should I invest to hedge against the stock market going down?

Let's say that the stock market falls in value for whatever reason. Maybe a bank or two goes out of business, for example, and stocks fall 20-30%. What would you invest in if you were sure this was ...
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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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What does it mean for a company to have its market cap larger than the market size?

Let's say for example, the refrigerator market is sized at 10 million dollars (hypothetical example), if the market cap of a company is, say, 20 million, is it worth investing in the stock? Can it ...
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Can we estimate the impact of a large buy order on the share price?

What I am trying to understand is: If we know the number of shares a company trades and the current price of the share, can we estimate what volume of trade that is required to move the share price in ...
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What is the smartest thing to do in case of a stock market crash

What would be the best thing to do, if the stock market crashes? Should one invest in real estate, fonds, bonds or stocks? Or should one invest nothing at all? Edit: Since it seemingly was not ...
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When is the best time to put a large amount of assets in the stock market?

I'm interested in timing with regards to long-term index investing. Based on the advice of The Investor's Manifesto and others (John Bogle, William Bernstein) they stress how big a difference ...
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Can a trade happen “in between” the bid and ask price?

According to Investopedia: By looking for trades that take place in between the bid and ask, you can tell when a strong trend is about to come to an end. This is because these trades are often ...
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How do companies get money from being listed publicly? [duplicate]

How do companies get their money from being on the stock market? I understand the reason a company will list is to raise capital. Who gives them this money? The stock market is between buyers and ...
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What percent of a company are you buying when you purchase stock?

Lets say I buy a share of Apple stock. When you talk about stock, you say you are buying a small amount of the company. How small would 1 share of apple stock be at the moment you are answering the ...
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Should I continue to invest in an S&P 500 index fund?

I am saving to buy a house in 5-8 years. This year I invested $40,000 in a prominent ETF which tracks with the S&P 500. So far, I've lost $3,250, that is the stocks are now worth $36,750. I save $...
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What does “more buyers than sellers” in technical analysis of stocks actually mean?

I often hear/read technical analysts looking at volume and price action on a chart and claiming that there are "more buyers than sellers" or vice versa. Since every trade requires a buyer and a ...
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Why is this stock price inflated by 70x its real price?

The price for CSP1 (London Stock Exchange) has a short term price history that indicates the prices are roughly 7000% of what they are in reality. For example, on Jan 29th 2016 the price was reported ...
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Does the stock market create any sort of value?

Sorry if the below seems like a conspiracy theory. It probably is, but I probably don't understand something. (This has bugged me to no end as long as I can remember.) Okay, so here is what I ...
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Are stock prices likely drop off a little bit on a given friday afternoon?

My friend told me this but I can't find any information about it on the internet. His theory is that traders generally tend to close their positions on the Friday because they don't want to be ...
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What is the point of the stock market? What is it for, and why might someone want to trade or invest?

Sometimes you have to explain this to young people or people unfamiliar with the stock market. Why would a company want to be a stock company? Why would a person want to trade stocks? How does a ...
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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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Can one see the transactions in the stock market?

Is it possible to see the individual transactions in a certain exchange market (e.g. NYSE) for a certain stock (e.g. GOOG)?
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Am I exposed to currency risk when I invest in shares of a foreign company that are listed domestically?

If a multinational firm based in country A is listed in both country A and country B, and I invest in this firm as a resident of country B through country B's stock exchange, either through something ...
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What will happen when a bid price is higher than an ask price?

Let's say, there are three bid prices 100, 101, and 102, and three ask prices 101, 103, 104. What will happen, will ask:101 sell to bid:101 or bid:102, if the dealer is going to make the 101 to 101 ...
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Stock market vs. baseball card trading analogy

I will use a baseball card trading analogy to present my question: The baseball card trading market, like any other market, follows the laws of supply and demand. The demand for baseball cards can be ...
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is the bankruptcy of exchange markets possible?

Because exchanged markets like NASDAQ or NYSE are normal public businesses can they go into bankruptcy ? Supposedly they went into mysterious bankruptcy then what will happen to the listed companies ...
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If I put in a limit order for the same price and size as someone else, which order goes through?

I put a limit buy order for 1000 shares at $1.26, and another investor has also put a limit buy order in for the same amount and volume. If someone sells 1000 shares at $1.26, which one of us gets the ...