Questions tagged [stocks]

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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 would a company care about the price of its own shares in the stock market?

After a company has issued shares, why should it care if the value of the shares fluctuate? Since the shares are now publicly traded, if the value fluctuates, that is strictly a transaction between ...
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Can someone explain a stock's "bid" vs. "ask" price relative to "current" price?

In my online brokerage account, I want to buy a particular stock and I see the following: Bid: 13.20 x200 Ask: 13.27 x1,000 the current stock price is 13.22. Can someone explain what ...
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Do I make money in the stock market from other people losing money?

Basically I am new to stock trading and neglect to see the differences between trading stocks and betting on sports. Basically I am "betting" on which company will do well, and this can ...
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In the stock market, why is the "open" price value never the same as previous day's "close"?

This is something that is mind-boggling to me, and it is particularly obvious in candlestick graphs: Why is the open value never the same as the previous day's close value? This is something I just ...
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Why should we expect stocks to go up in the long term?

I have read in many personal finance books that stocks are a great investment for the long term, because on average they go up 5-7% every year. This has been true for the last 100 years for the S&...
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Why is stock dilution legal?

What I always heard, since I was a child, was that if you own a stock share, you actually own a small share of a company. That seems to be the general consensus of what a stock share is. Well, that ...
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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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Can someone explain the GME short squeeze situation to a non-stock trader?

GameStop Corp. (GME) stock is over $300 at the time of this post. I understand the 10,000 foot view of the story only: That some Reddit folks are buying up shares to squeeze a short seller. But I don'...
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Found old paper shares of Motorola Inc that has since been broken up

I found 36 physical shares of motorola inc from 1999. I know that since then the company has split up into a lot of subsidiaries/mergers. Is there any to sell this physical stock or is it worthless? ...
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Why does a company pay dividends at all?

If a company can lower the dividends and even stop paying them at all during hard times, why would they re-install them at all? If I understand correctly a company pays dividends so that investors ...
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Stock market long term risks

This question has been spurred by the following question which was on the 'Hot Network Questions' Is it a lie that you can easily make money passively in the stock market? . The answers to that ...
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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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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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If a broad long-term investment in the stock market is such a good deal, why don't banks do the "obvious" things?

There is a fundamental discrepancy or paradox that has been keeping me, and many others, away from the stock market. Before I explain it, let me mention some selected popular questions on this site in ...
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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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Are Index Funds really as good as "experts" claim?

I use the quotations because generally the people touting these the most (John Bogle) are also ones selling the index funds. Being biased doesn't mean they're wrong, but it does mean they may not be ...
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Found more old paper shares from broken up companies

I recently asked a question with regards to 36 physical shares of motorola inc from 1999 I found lying around. Thanks to the great answer I received (if you're wondering they're worth around $3000), I ...
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Is it true that, "just ten trading days represent 63 per cent of the returns of the past 50 years"?

I have fallen down a Wikipedia rabbit hole and landed on the page titled Seven States of Randomness. I can't explain in a single sentence what it is talking about, but my question is about an odd ...
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Is it a lie that you can easily make money passively in the stock market?

People on this site often recommend that investing in an index fund is a good, passive way to make money long-term. But this is clearly not true. Even if we ignore the risk associated with ...
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Theoretically, if I bought more than 50% of a company's stocks, will I own the company?

Inspired by this question, I wondered what the implications of owning the majority (> 50%) of a company's stocks are. Will I own said company? Will I be able to call the shots? What if someone was ...
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How can GameStop be short 140% of float?

"Short positions currently make up an impossible 140% of GameStop’s float, which is the result of a flaw in how short interest is calculated, a flaw that’s getting greatly magnified in the case ...
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How can I sell my shares in a privately-owned company I used to be employed by?

Basically, I was a software developer at a company and I was issued some stock options early on, before the company grew significantly. The company then hired a CEO who pledged to take the company ...
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How can a company use money from stock investors when they are constantly being bought and sold?

I am interested in the mechanisms which a company can use the money that investors give them when they buy a public stock since they are being bought and sold constantly. How can a company spend other ...
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On paper I have 1 share in my company. How can I sell a smaller percentage of my company to another party?

To be specific, my wife and are equal partners in our limited company. On paper it says we have one share each. We now want to sell 10% of our company to a third party. How does that work in terms of ...
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When a stock price rises, does the company get more money?

When a stock price rises, does the company get more money?
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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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One of my stock positions has grown substantially. Should I rebalance my portfolio?

I'm a small beginner investor with less than 50k portfolio. One stock I hold has grown substantially than everything else and makes up 46% of my portfolio, but it is expected to keep growing and has ...
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What is the difference between shares, stock and stakes?

What is the difference between shares, stock and stakes? For a layman, many times it seems they are used almost interchangeably.
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Why do people buy stocks that pay no dividend?

Before recently, Apple Inc. did not give dividend to shareholders. This makes me curious why people buy Apple Inc. stocks; while it might be due to the expectation of selling stocks at a higher price,...
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Why is day trading considered riskier than long-term trading?

I have read all of these disclaimers about day trading emphasizing how experienced and cautious you have to be. But I don't see how it's any different than buying a stock at a low price and holding on ...
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Why did Tesla's stock value drop by 40 USD for just 5 minutes on August 2nd at 3:20pm?

Google Finance reports that Tesla's stock value dropped by 40 USD for 5 minutes on August 2nd, 2018 at 3:20pm What caused such a drop in stock value in the span of 10 minutes?
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I carelessly invested in a stock on a spike near the peak price. How can I salvage my investment?

I carelessly invested on stock on a spike (I have been persuaded by a family member) and now my investment value is really low, as you can see below. Is there anyway to salvage my investment for ...
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Can a CEO short his own company?

I'm just curious, it seems a CEO could make a lot of money by shorting a huge amount of shares on his company through a third party and then purposefully tanking the company before being fired. Surely ...
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Why does demand for stock rise when a company appears to have high future value?

So a company decides to raise money by selling shares of its stock. The stock is offered at an initial price of their determination. The stock is then traded in a market where forces of supply and ...
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Can the stock price go up even if no one is buying?

Let's assume there's this random company (XYZ)--that few are aware of--is selling stocks and they're doing really well. If their stock price is at $50 and no one is buying, will it still go up? Do ...
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One of my stocks dropped 40% in 2 days, how should I mentally approach this?

Right after the event, I felt shocked and depressed. I've been engaging in stocks for about a year now but I've never encountered such a big jump in such a short time. What I'm planning to do is just ...
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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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Options for dummies. Can you explain how puts & calls work, simply?

I never understood Puts or Calls. Could anybody explain it like I were a child?
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How to profit off a stock price falling

How would one profit from a share price falling, granted that they correctly predicted it would happen? Say I had a hunch that a certain stock was going to fall next week, how could I effectively ...
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I found stock certificates for Disney and Sony that were given to me in 2011

I hope someone can help me with this question. I recently found two stock certificates, one share of Sony under my husband's name and the other one is Disney under my daughter's name (I'm the ...
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What stops management from just "compensating" themselves by taking all the stock in a company?

One of the odd things about a lot of modern companies is that the management, meaning the senior officers (CEO, CFO, CTO, etc) can pay themselves in stock. For example, Square's Jack Dorsey pays ...
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Why do stock exchanges have minimum share price requirements?

Most stock exchanges have rules about minimum share prices, below which a stock may be suspended or delisted from the exchange after a grace period. For example, the New York Stock Exchange requires a ...
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How close is the fate of Berkshire Hathaway tied to Warren Buffett?

We all are humans. Humans are mortal, and so is Warren Buffett. Given that he is an elderly man close to 90, it is quite likely that he will pass away in the next few years. Sad events like these ...
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Is trying to learn day trading a complete waste of time?

I understand there is a lot of people, maybe even most, who believe day trading is far too risky or the person trying day trading won't be skilled enough. I have gotten interested into investing ...
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In Reddit vs. Wall Street, what are the ramifications of those who had money with the bankrupt firms?

Story: Gamestop: 'Failing' firm soars in value as amateurs buy stock My question is about the impact of such a "stick it to the man" approach that amateur investors on Reddit used. I ...
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How to report $27 in cap gains affordably

I'm preparing my taxes using TurboTax's basic free tier. Last year I had $26.62 in realized long term capital gains. To report this using TurboTax, I need Premier, which is a $54 add on. Even in a ...
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I bought my first shares in life and they dropped 25% in a very short time. What to do?

I bought Coinbase stocks shortly after IPO. Now my loss at 25%, however, I am in the fortunate position of not being dependent on the invested money. I would like to know in retrospect what I and ...
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Why do people claim that it's hard to outperform the S&P 500? It has only increased in value by ~1.5x in the past 5 years

Whereas companies like Google, Facebook, Netflix, Amazon, Apple have all increased anywhere from 3x-6x in value in the past 5 years. If you just stuck with those companies, you would have easily ...
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If I buy 1 share of a company's stock, do I get to attend and vote at the next shareholder meeting?

Let's say I open Robinhood right now and purchase 1 share of $MSFT. Does this mean I can now attend the next shareholder meeting in Redmond (or wherever they hold them) and cast my vote? Or do I need ...

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