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What does it mean when a business reports its costs on a “fully loaded basis”?

What does it mean to ask a private business to report their costs "on a fully loaded basis"? And then to ask them to "please indicate the fully loaded basis for which the costs are reported"?
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Money Flow index (MFI) and deciding when money flow is positive or negative?

I was recently looking at the calculation for MFI - the money flow index. The calculation is as follows (From Stockcharts): * 1. Typical Price = (High + Low + Close)/3 * 2. Raw Money Flow = ...
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Non-tax-resident of Canada needs to pay taxes for investment account earnings?

if a person were to be a non-resident of Canada without jobs, a spouse, kids, asset (houses, cars etc.) in Canada, then that person would not be obliged to file a tax report. However, if that person ...
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FBAR semantical issue

From my understanding, the US Treasury's Foreign Bank Account Report (FBAR) is supposed to be filed if a US person - natural or artificial - holds over $10,000 in a foreign bank account at any point ...
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Comparing pre-tax versus post-tax health expenses?

I understand the concepts from this question and everything I have read says that the benefit of pre-tax expenses are that they reduce your taxable income. But to keep the math simple, let's say ...
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Employee stock option plan with undefined vesting?

As an employee, I have received stock options from my company. However, about vesting, it says only that the board determines it. There is no further info, no vesting period is stated, no further ...
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How can I estimate the sensitivity of a bond ETF's price to interest rate changes?

Is there a standard method for estimating the sensitivity of a bond ETF's price to interest rate changes? Some of the information I have includes the average duration and the SEC yield.
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Couch Potato Portfolio for Europeans?

I recently came across the Couch Potato Portfolio concept and was happy to find an investment strategy that made sense to me. Its origin seems to be the Canadian version, and it has been translated ...
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How can a beginner start an investment portfolio in Europe (France)?

I have been lurking, reading information about personal finances for a few months (if not years) now, but I didn't get the chance to start because I don't know where to start. Here is the thing: I am ...
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Is 'days to cover' a useful metric in identifying the potential for a short squeeze?

When talking about short interest, the 'Days To Cover' is the avg number of days it will take to cover the short position and bring the short interest to 0. But is this figure actually of any use? It ...
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Index mutual fund “minimum initial investment” inside a Roth IRA?

When a fund says its minimum initial investment amount is $2500, does that mean I need $2500 in my Roth IRA account to trade that fund? If so, would I need $7500 total in my Roth IRA account to trade ...
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Selling my house and have been taking home office deduction. What will I owe?

I'm in the process of selling my house. I took a home office deduction a couple times, and I am concerned about what I may be responsible for at tax time. My profit from selling the house is nowhere ...
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How do we know the number of shorted shares of a stock?

I am reading this article which discusses Tesla's stock (TSLA). The article states: 27.5 million shares of Tesla are held short, or about 41 percent of the float. How can the number of shorted ...
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What does the settlement date of short interest mean?

NASDAQ lists data like this for the short interest in Walmart: Settlement Date Short Interest Avg Daily Share Volume Days To Cover 4/30/2013 27,988,175 7,442,123 ...
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How quickly does decreasing credit utilization affect your credit score?

There is a lot of advice out there about keeping your credit card utilization above 0% but less than 20%. I'm currently carrying about 85% utilization on my card and have plans to lower it. How long ...
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Full Time Job and Self Employment and a 1040ES

Currently I am full time employed with a company, and am in the 25% tax bracket and claim no exemptions. I also have a website that I get ad revenue from. Last year I had a few hundred dollars I owed ...
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Can my wife claim a deduction for her personal superannuation contribution if she got the Parental Leave Pay?

My wife is self-employed and had a baby last year for which she claimed the Parental Leave Pay from the Federal Government (a bit over $10K over 18 weeks). She had to enter the amount in Item 1 - ...
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How can I know if the ETF stock is bought by stock participant (change) or the fund (vs. outflow)?

Consider an ETF with tick symbol TIP and a customer clicking 'Sell' to sell one share via Fidelity brokerage. How can the customer know if that single stock will be bought by another person on the ...
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Does Medicaid pay for prescription drugs?

If you don't make much money, there are prescription advocacy programs like this one that one can take part in. However, if you don't make a ton of money, it seems to me that you're likely to be on ...
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What industry standard values should I use when making assumptions about inflation, reinvestment rates, and real estate?

I'm trying to work out some Financial Management Rate of Return (FMRR) calculations for practice and I was curious if there are some industry standard variables to use. Here are some assumptions I'm ...
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How to avoid Paypal holding incoming payments?

What just happened: A client payed for a service (software development) by PayPal. For sending, he used a different account than previously. After receiving the money by PayPal, I immediately ordered ...
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Ex-dividend date and time zones

Is the ex-dividend date linked to the time zone of the market it is bought at? Let's imagine an American firms stock traded at NASDAQ and a German market, the ex-Dividend day being the 1st February. ...
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Why don't institutions share stock recommendations like Wall Street analysts?

The article Track Institutional Buying, Not Analysts states that: Mutual funds, insurance companies, pension funds and other institutional investors rely on their own research. Contrary to ...
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What capital gains taxes do I owe on stock sales in India?

I would like to know about the tax details on selling stocks if I follow this procedure: Sold stock ABC after holding it for more than a year for INR 1000 for a profit of INR 100 Bought stock BCD for ...
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I specified the wrong IBAN number when transferring money to a UK bank. How can I correct this?

I transferred money to a UK bank from outside of the UK, but I specified the IBAN number for an individual by mistake. The bank transferred the money to the individual instead of the bank, even though ...
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Why doesn't a mutual fund in my 401(k) have a ticker symbol?

For my 401(k), I am trying to diversify while avoiding high expense ratios. Luckily among my investment choices are the Vanguard Target Retirement date funds which have fairly low expense ratios (≤0....
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Pay off debt with RRSPs, or refinance and roll into Mortgage?

A few years of a combination of under-employment and trying to keep afloat a floundering business has left me (us) with 50k debt on a line of credit and a credit card. We are getting 5k back from ...
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How do I buy an option that doesn't exist yet?

For example, the latest option date on a particular stock is Jan 2014, but I want to buy an April 2014 option. According to Google Finance, none exists. Is there any way I can place any order for ...
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Why have I never seen a stock split?

I know it happens, but I've never seen it once. I'm a total stock amateur; I just invest small-scale amounts that I have to spare for the sake of experience/practice and a maybe a little fun. But ...
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Yield of a municipal bond with a sinking fund?

How do I calculate my expected return if I buy a municipal bond at a premium with a sinking fund feature? For example, I'm looking at a bond with a coupon of 5.5%, maturing July 2015, with the ...
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Does doing your “research”/“homework” on stocks make any sense?

One thing about investing has always bothered me. You constantly hear people saying you need to "do your research" or "do your homework" on a company before buying their stock. I rarely watch Mad ...
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Why do more floating shares mean less volatility for the stock?

In the article Investopedia explains 'Floating Stock', it states: The more shares of floating stock are available, the less volatile a company's stock price is likely to be, and vice versa I ...
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Can I invest in the USA or EU from an Asian 3rd-world country, over the Internet?

Is it possible to invest in markets in the USA or Europe from an Asian 3rd-world country over the Internet? Does the laws of the USA or EU allow people outside to do so?
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Can I get my payment back on a vacation booked with a company that went into receivership?

My friend booked a summer vacation with a resort/inn located in Ontario that has just gone into receivership. She paid in FULL with a credit card about a month ago. Is there any way to get her ...
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How much should I save each month so I can retire early, in my Third World country?

I live in a 3rd-world country. I earn $500/month. How much percentage of my income should I save each month, if I plan for early retirement? Currently I am saving 30% of my income. Is there any ...
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What does “Company Distribution” mean on Google Finance's stock screener?

On the Google Finance stock screener, what is meant by the term "Company Distribution", and what are the default values referring to? I googled "Company Distributions" but could not figure out how ...
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How does the process of “assignment” work for in-the-money Options?

Consider the following scenario - I have a covered call for XYZ for this month's expiration as XYZ May 18 25 Call. On May 18, XYZ is trading for $28, with the option listed above at $3.3. If I ...
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Can someone explain the different kinds of annuities?

So in my retirement and personal investing I have some stocks (very little), a Roth IRA, a Roth 401K and a Traditional 401K (later two are from work and I split things right now). At my age and ...
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How much penalty will I have to pay for paying my tax installment late?

I had a tax installment of $7956.00 due on March 15th which I missed and paid on April 30th. I can make an extra installment now to cover the penalty, but I don't know how much it should be. The ...
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What is the process through which a cash stock transaction clears?

When selling stocks through a "cash" account through a brokerage, it takes about 3-4 days for the amount to clear and be available for reinvestment. I'm assuming the is a process through which the ...
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How to use a stop and limit order together?

If I own a stock that trades at 100$, and I want to sell the stock if it either goes to 95$ or below and also if it goes to 105$ or above, is it possible to do so? Do I need to use a stop order or a ...
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In a quote-driven market, how do market makers figure out bid/ask prices and bid/ask sizes?

I understand that bid/ask prices and bid/ask sizes are ultimately determined by the market maker. I am curious about some general principles that the market maker follows when determining the above ...
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When shorting stock, why does buying to cover help limit a trader's loss when the stock rises?

In these investopedia articles, they are giving the impression that 'Buying to Cover' is preferable than getting a margin call: Investopedia - Buy To Cover Definition Investopedia - Short Covering ...
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Can GoogleFinance access total return data?

I'd like to be able to access historical total (market) return data with the end goal of creating a rolling return histogram of various asset allocations. However, it looks like the GoogleFinance ...
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How to enter members drawings on a balance sheet in a UK LLP

I am writing up the annual accounts for our LLP, and I am unsure where to put the Members drawings on the balance sheet. Should the amount drawn by members be written down as debtors in the Current ...
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How to use debit card with money on savings account?

I see that a lot of banks offer savings account and current account with online banking. Usually the savings account can have instant access and some interest rate, while the current account has no ...
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Why bid and ask do not match the price at which the stock is being traded [duplicate]

For a particular stock, the stats look something like this: Price: 54.55 $ Bid: 54.54 $ Ask: 54.55 $ Now if I place a market order, will it get executed at the Price (54.55 $)? My guess is yes. Now ...
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When buying / selling a house in the UK, is it normal for solicitors' fees to be due before or after completion?

When we made our most recent house move (selling one house and buying another) we had to pay the solicitor's fees in advance of completion - the fees for searches etc. had to be paid upfront before ...
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Why liquidity implies tight spread and low slippage

At this link: http://www.investopedia.com/articles/trading/06/daytradingretail.asp they mention: Liquidity allows you to enter and exit a stock at a good price (i.e. tight spreads and low ...
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What is a rule of thumb for accruing debt on a rental property?

My sister and I were fortunate enough to inherit 2 properties from my father, one a suite of apartments and cottages worth about ~$3M and also his home. We currently have about $200K in mortgage ...

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