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What happens to options held during a reverse stock split?

I held 1 put option for 100 shares of USO that expires on May 8. Yesterday, USO underwent an 8:1 reverse stock split. My options are now for USO1 instead of USO, but what does that mean? The strike ...
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For very high-net worth individuals, does it make sense to not have insurance?

Various types of insurance (health, car, life) protect you from relatively low probability but very expensive events in life (cancer, serious car accident, etc.) For the average person, it makes sense ...
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Why does gold have value?

I'm curious about why is there so much financial interest and news coverage about gold. It's hard to do things like buy food or pay the rent with gold, but I can do this with cash. Gold doesn't yield ...
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15 year mortgage vs 30 year paid off in 15

I've found similar questions, but they all seem to focus on a preexisting 30 year mortgage and whether or not it makes sense to refinance to a 15. My question is a bit different. I have not yet ...
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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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What exactly can a financial advisor do for me, and is it worth the money?

I've been managing my own expenses pretty meticulously for the past 4-5 years since being out of college and on my own. Because of this, I feel I have more of a clue about finances than the average 28-...
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How can I invest in country A to take advantage of their great interest rate while I live in country B?

If I live in the US, for example, where current interest rates are practically nil, how can I take advantage of the fact that interest rates in Australia are almost 5%?
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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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How do scammers retract money, while you can’t?

I see a lot of question about scams with the same premises: Someone puts money in your account. You send money somewhere. They take their money back, while you lost your money. I don't know a whole ...
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Any Experience with the Gone Fishin' Portfolio?

In doing research on How to Select IRA Investments, I stumbled across the Gone Fishin' Portfolio. This link where I found out about the portfolio claims that it is based on the 1990 economics Nobel ...
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How do I get into investing in stocks?

How do I get into investing in stocks?
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My credit card company is asking for my current income citing “Federal Regulations”

So I received an e-mail today from a bank from whom I have an existing credit card as follows: To consider you for a future credit line increase, federal regulations require us to have your ...
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After hitting 80% LTV, my mortgage lender refuses to remove PMI. Any recourse?

I recently refinanced my home. At the time based on the appraisal vs. amortization I found I would be stuck with PMI (private mortgage insurance) for about 9 months. I've paid extra on the mortgage ...
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I've often heard of the “snowball” method for paying off credit card debt. How does it work?

How does the "snowball" method of paying off credit card debt work? In what ways is it superior over other ways of reducing one's debt?
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What typically happens to unvested stock during an acquisition?

I work for a publicly traded company that was acquired by another publicly traded company. I also own shares of "restricted stock units" for my company. All of my shares are scheduled to vest far ...
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Mutual fund value went down, shares went up, no action taken by me

I have no prior experience with stocks so please forgive me if this is a dumb question but I don't even know what to try googling. Two days ago I signed up with scottrade. I put $1000 into ICENX ...
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Long-term cash-equivalent ETFs for “cash” allocation in a portfolio?

My retirement account goal analyzer advises that I keep 3% in cash. My retirement date is over 30 years from now, so I can tolerate heavy volatility and certainly don't need liquidity. Does it make ...
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Received an unexpected cashiers check for over $2K from another state - is this some scam?

This is actually about my sister-in-law who lives in Georgia. She just received a "cashiers check" for $2395 from a company in Indiana. It looks like this: She said that she has been doing "mystery ...
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Daily interest calculation combined with monthly compounding: Why do banks do this, and how-to in Excel?

I often see banks advertise (for accounts with fixed yearly interest, let's say 1.5%) – "interested is calculated daily, and compounded monthly". I have 2 questions: Why are they calculating ...
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Need advice about my financial situation

Here is my living situation in a nutshell Live in California 2 kids (7 and 11) Ex-wife I am almost 40. I rent Financial situation: Make about $170k (includes regular job + moonlighting) before ...
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Why is it rational to pay out a dividend?

Imagine a mature company, which has stable earnings and made a profit this year. The company is planing to pay out a part of this earnings to its shareholders. Assuming the stock price goes down ...
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Why is a US credit score based on credit utilization?

As a European citizen I am somewhat puzzled by how American credit scores work. The US is one of the few, possibly the only country where such a strong focus is put on the utilization history of ...
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Should I really pay off my entire credit card balance each month or should I maintain some balance?

I've heard two conflicting things: One is that you should pay your entire credit every month, and the other that you should maintain roughly %30, %50 (it varies by who you ask) of your available ...
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No transaction fee ETF trades - what's the catch?

I just noticed TD Ameritrade has program where you can trade from a list of ETFs with zero fees. Sounds like it could save me a bit of money, but my cynical side wonders how they make money off such ...
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Effectiveness of technical analysis techniques: Any supporting studies? [closed]

Do you find Techical Analysis to be an effective way of increasing the returns on your investments? This can be either by itself, or in combination with other indicators. If so, what techniques do ...
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When am I entitled to participate in a stock split? — record date, split date, ex date

Stock split announcements usually mention a few dates — record date ("date of record"), split date ("distribution date", "pay date", or "payment date"), ex date ...
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I'm trying to figure out a formula for when I'll be able to retire at any given month

I love the Mad Fientist laboratory that lets me see how far away I am from FI. Here is what I love about, the right side to the graph: But to motivate me a bit more, I wanted to calculate the FI date ...
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Taxes when transferring money

I'm a US taxpayer (non-resident alien) and I'm being pushed by a friend to do the following: He will transfer 40k from a US bank account that he owns to my personal account. I will withdraw this ...
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Which is better: Employer-sponsored HSA or opening an HSA individually?

So I know that: Employer-sponsored HSA's allow you to deduct contributions directly from your paycheck, pre-tax With individual HSAs, you must contribute using post-tax dollars, then deduct those ...
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Co-signed a loan and I need to have my name removed

I co-signed on a car loan with my partner, and now that we are no longer together I want to have my name removed. He has had the car a year now and has been on his job over an year, but he won't do ...
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Multiple mortgage pre-approvals and effects on credit score

Background Info: My wife and I are looking to purchase our first home/condo. Given our combined gross annual income of ~$100k and lack of any actual debt, we're looking at properties in the $200-250k ...
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How do U.S. stock exchanges specifically account for dividends and ex-dividend dates?

At another question about ex-dividend dates and withholding taxes, an answer from Bob Baerker says: Stock exchanges reduce share price by the exact amount of the dividend on the ex-dividend date [...
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How is your credit score related to credit utilization?

A few questions: Is it better to use your card and pay off the bill completely every month? [I prefer building the credit score over paying interest] How is credit utiltization calculated? Is it ...
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How are unmarketable market orders (other side of the order book is empty) matched with incoming orders? [duplicate]

Note: This question is erroneously marked as a duplicate. It concerns a very specific situation with unfulfillable market orders in very illiquid markets, one that no other discussion here has covered....
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Tax Consequences of a Gift

A family member intends on gifting us a sum of $70,000 towards the purchase of a new home. My question is - will that family member owe any gift tax on it? I have been reading sources that appear ...
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Exercising an option without paying for the underlying

As a follow up to my other question, I would like to know whether the following is possible: I have $20,000 in my brokerage account The price of the $300 call is $5.00 (1 contract = 100 shares) I buy ...
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Can I negotiate a 0% transaction fee with my credit card company?

Whenever a month or two passes without using one of my credit cards, the respective bank usually sends me an offer for a 0% APR for a year or so on balance transfers. They send me these blank checks ...
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Does the history of credit utilization affect FICO score?

Most people are aware that the debt to credit limit ratio is a vital part of the FICO score. The FICO score is updated every time new information is received by the credit bureaus. However, is it ...
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Do personal checks expire? [US]

Do personal checks expire in the US? Also, if I stamp the following on it: VOID if not claimed within 60 days. Will that be honored by most banks? Related Do personal cheques expire? [Canada]
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Are there special endorsement requirements for US Government checks to two parties?

At a bank where I have a checking account in my name only, I regularly cash a dividend check made out to my wife AND me. My wife endorses the check at home and then I stroll down to the bank and add ...
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Investment options for f1 visa students in USA

I am foreign graduate student in USA. I recently completed my undergrad (from USA) and have a bit of money saved up. I know that F1 students cannot work off campus and other business activities such ...
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Why do credit card companies keep advertising balance transfers to those who don't carry a balance?

Given that credit card companies have access to your credit information, why do they keep advertising balance-transfer options to people who have great credit and never carry a balance? What balance ...
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Transfer Money from My Account in India to my account in the USA

I am an Indian citizen living in the USA. Can I wire transfer money from the my NRO account in India to my checking account in the USA? This money, I originally wire transferred from my checking ...
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Seasonal Loan Amortization

Hi I can compute a Basic Loan Amortization Schedule, But now I'm trying to Calculate a Seasonal Loan Amortization Schedule . So for example A loan starts at January And Will go on for 3 years, with ...
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Is my sugar daddy scamming me [duplicate]

I used a website called Seeking Arrangements and met a sugar daddy. He asked for my email login, online banking login, routing, account number, Facebook, as well as my address which is the only ...
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F1 student, as a non-resident, filing married separate tax return with US Citizen wife [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: F1 student, as a non-resident, filing a joint tax return with US Citizen wife My income through CPT, as a F1 student for 2012 was $42k, of which I have paid $1300 in state and ...
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Who can truly afford luxury cars?

I never really thought about money until one day I checked how much I made compared to the rest of America. The calculator said my household income is in the top 20%. Kind of funny to me, because I ...
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I'm 23 and was given $50k. What should I do?

Recently I was given 50k from my grandmother in her will. I am 23 years old and have no idea what to do with it. I make $33k a year. I have zero savings. I owe $35k in student loans over 6 years 0% ...
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Can saving/investing 15% of your income starting age 25, likely make you a millionaire?

I came across this article. It states, The plan calls for young people to put 15 percent of their salary into a savings account — whether it be an IRA, 401(k) or taxable account — starting at ...
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What are the best software tools for personal finance?

What are the best software tools for personal finance? Please list what you like about the software you use.

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