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Differences in conditions on shares to private vs. public shareholders?

The Wikipedia page about IPOs says this: A company selling shares is never required to repay the capital to its public investors. Does that mean that stocks bought on the stock market are somehow ...
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Might I need a credit score to rent, or for any other non-borrowing finances?

I'm moving to Canada soon, and I've read that some people use credit cards for the sole purpose of building up a credit score that they might need. Personally, I consider a system requiring this ...
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In Canada, how can I most easily/cheaply send money to a friend online?

I'm moving from Europe to Canada, and considering the high fees for wire transfers (the default, instantaneous, cheap, online method I've always used so far), what is the most economical way to send a ...
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How to get 0% financing for a car, with no credit score?

Is it possible to get a 0% interest rate for car loan for a used car in the U.S.? I've been working for 7 months and I just got my first credit card, so I don't have a credit score yet. I'm planning ...
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Saving money on the electric bill: What are some worthwhile ways to reduce consumption & costs?

What are some worthwhile ways to reduce household electrical power consumption & costs? Here are some of the actions I've taken so far: AC - turned thermostat to uncomfortable level Electric ...
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Paying taxes super early: is it possible to send the IRS money for my 2014 taxes even though the 2013 tax year isn't over?

I recently sold an investment that earned a sizable (about $20K) short-term capital gain. I know that I'm going to owe income tax on this amount for the 2014 tax year, and although I don't know the ...
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How to find cheaper alternatives to a traditional home telephone line?

I cancelled my home phone line last year after many years with POTS (Plain-Old-Telephone-Service), and I replaced my home phone with a VoIP service provider which provides a variety of services ...
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Why does the stock market index get affected when a terrorist attack takes place?

The way I see it, the stock exchange is a market where shares of a company are traded. These trades are triggered by individual valuations by participants of what an investment in a company would be ...
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Married Filing Jointly & one spouse has employer 401K. Would each still be able to contribute to a Traditional IRA?

The husband participates in his employer's 401K, while the wife is unemployed. Assuming this couple does not exceed the AGI or MAGI limits for a Traditional IRA, will each of them be able to ...
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Can a self-directed IRA hold non-qualified stock options (NSO) with a vesting period, without being considered self-dealing?

I work for a startup company. They are about to go through their FMV evaluation and funding round, at which point I will be granted my options. I talked to them and said I would like the ability to ...
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Why are wire transfers and other financial services in Canada so much more expensive than in Europe?

Why are wire transfers in Canada so expensive compared to Europe? The simple answer I've seen is because bankers are crooks, but I find that this oversimplifies the situation — I don't believe ...
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Can I draw funds from a personal line of credit to pay its own monthly “minimum payment”?

I can guess the answer to this question, but I can't figure out why. So here goes... I've got an unsecured line of credit with a limit $30,000. The annual interest rate is 6%, compounded daily. Every ...
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Contributing to a Roth IRA while income tax filing status is “Married Filing Separately”?

Most of 2013 I was married, though there was a portion of the year that I was single. Because my spouse and I have unusual work situations (mixture of self-employment, business ownership, and "normal"...
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What is meant by “buy-side firm” and “sell-side firm”?

Why are institutions knows as buy-side firms, and broker-dealers known as sell-side firms? From what I understand, both institutions and broker-dealers do both buying and selling, so what is this ...
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Should I be filling out form W-9 for somebody I sold used equipment to?

I sold about $3,500 worth of used lighting equipment to a local business last year. I'm not a business, just an individual. I just received an email from them asking me to fill out a W9 form for them....
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How and where to get the time series of the values USDEUR?

I would like to access to the time series of the value of USDEUR with the maximum sampling rate and the maximum length. I would like to do have this time series because: I want to check the ...
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Student on F1 visa with paid internship: How to estimate & file a tax return for refund?

I'm on an F1 visa, and I did a paid internship for 7 months. My gross earnings was around $27K, and ~$4K was withheld for taxes. On my pay stub, I see records for: Federal Income tax, California ...
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Is it true Visa & Mastercard can choose a more beneficial date (for them) for the exchange rate on a foreign transaction?

Whenever I pay abroad (or online) with my debit card, the amount charged is in a currency other than my card's own. I am aware Visa/Mastercard charge for a foreign currency conversion. I heard a ...
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Why do the banks charge for using credit card in ATM?

When I look at the credit card offer in several banks, they always have some price on withdrawing money from ATM (at home, not abroad), e.g. "3.5%, at least 2EUR" or similar. Why aren't there credit ...
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When to start investing in an index fund? Wait for a bear market, use dollar cost-averaging, or another approach?

I think index funds are one of the best investment tools for the defensive investor. Still, when should one start investing money in an index fund? It could result in a loss to get in at the top of a ...
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Can merchants tell the difference between a credit card and embossed debit card?

I don't have a credit card, still some merchants (e.g. car rental companies) require a credit card to use their services. If I have an embossed debit card issued, may I be confident to use it when ...
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Timing between loans and applying for a new credit card

Here's the skinny. I can get answers out of a variety of the question threads here, but putting it all together is a bit of a different matter. Bought a house 18 months ago. Put 20% down, got a 3.5% ...
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If the housing market is recovering, why would a REIT index ETF (e.g. VNQ) not be performing well?

As you can see below, the Vanguard REIT ETF fund hasn't been doing very well for the last 6 months, but the housing market seems to be improving every month. Why do we have this difference? VNQ ...
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Effect of debt utilization on FICO score: is it overall, or individual?

I am currently at 42% utilization in overall revolving, credit card debt between three cards. My total credit lines equal $27K. I am looking to buy a house by the end of the year and I am working hard ...
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How exactly does France's “rich tax” / “millionaire tax” of 75% above 1 million euros salary work?

Can someone explain how the French "rich tax" works? If I had salary of 1.000.000€ per annum, would I pay 750.000€ tax? And thus I would realize only 250.000€ net income?
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Getting out from Wireless carrier contract without a penalty

I recently got a notification from T-Mobile saying that their agreement ended with my employer and they will no longer provide 15% discount to monthly service charges. Can I get out of my 2 year ...
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Is SIPC coverage on cash as strong as FDIC?

I'm considering opening a brokerage account with a broker that is requesting $10,000 minimum funding. That money will not go to an FDIC covered bank account. But the broker does have an SIPC insurance....
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Why is a stock dividend considered a dividend? What makes it different from a stock split?

I've been reading Principles of Corporate Finance by Brealey, Myers and Allen, but unfortunately they did not cover stock dividends. From what I understand, by paying a dividend, a company can ...
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Canadian Contractor for US Company - Tax Forms

How are taxes handled in this case. I am a Canadian contractor doing all the physical work in Canada but the deliverables are sent digitally to a USA company who pays me by invoice. Do I need to ...
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What to consider before buying (exercising) a family member's private company employee stock options, about to expire?

My brother-in-law is leaving a private tech company. He has $100,000 in stock options (fully vested) which he must either purchase, or abandon completely upon his exit. This is not a startup — ...
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What is the difference between hedging and diversification? How does each reduce risk?

Hedging and diversification are both used for reducing financial risks, but what are the exact differences between these two?
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Purchasing items with a Instant Credit Card (Fixed Deposit)

I am not well informed on credit cards and banking in general. So please bear with me. I want to purchase an item from an online merchant with monthly EMI scheme. The criteria from the merchant is ...
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How do rich people guarantee the safety of their money, when savings exceed the FDIC limit?

I am curious how a millionaire would guarantee the safety of his money, given that the FDIC only insures up to $250K of an individual's deposits at a bank. If someone had $3 million that they wanted ...
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How can an H-1B holder withdraw 401(k) balance before returning to home country? Taxes?

What is the process of withdrawing all monies from a 401k account? If a person is in the U.S. on an H1B visa, lives with a dependent wife (H4), worked for about 3 years (4% employer matching ...
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How can I claim tax back from whilst I was working in Austria?

I've been very very confused by this for a while. How on earth can I file for claiming my working tax back in Austria? The only way I've seen to be able to do it is via online unofficial websites. ...
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What are the standard industry practices or disclosures for computing compounded interest on retail deposit accounts in the United States?

I'm seeking to understand how my bank calculates the interest on my various deposit accounts (Money Market, Interest Checking, Savings, Certificate of Deposit) in order to simulate and predict it to a ...
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Reasons behind a large price movement of a penny stock without any recent news releases?

Sometimes I see penny stocks on the Yahoo! Finance page move by about 100% in a single day. For example, this stock shows a 91% gain on 10-Jan-2014. By browsing the news reports, I cannot see ...
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Why are there OTC securities and whether they're limited to institutional investors?

What are some things that may lead a person to consider dealing in OTC securities? They are not publicly traded on exchanges, there is no regulation around them, they are risky because it is harder to ...
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Am I able to conduct a private sale of public shares at a price that I determine?

I was wondering if it were at all possible to sell my own shares to someone specific at a price I determine? Let's say I have $1,000 worth of an arbitrary publicly traded company and I wanted to sell ...
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Online stock screener to find stocks that are negatively correlated to another stock/index? [closed]

Is there a free online resource that I can use to find pairs of stocks that are always negatively correlated? For example, I want to find stocks that are negatively correlated w.r.t SPY. On Google ...
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Should my retirement portfolio's asset allocation become more conservative over time?

It seems to be common advice that a retirement portfolio should be invested aggressively when one is young, and conservatively when one is older and closer to retirement. Is this good advice? Shouldn'...
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How much will I pay in agent's fees or commissions to rent a house in Boston metro suburbs?

I am being relocated for work to the Boston metro area. As I'm starting the search for a home to rent, I have noticed that many properties are listed through brokers and/or agents. What is the ...
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Will a company's stock price be affected when warrants are issued, or exercised?

A company has 500 million outstanding shares, and it issued 100 million warrants 10 years ago. Assume that none of the warrants has been exercised yet. If tomorrow all the holders exercised their ...
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If a company's assets are worth more than its market cap, can one say the shares must be undervalued?

Imagine a company sold a 10% stake in one of its assets to a 3rd party for $100 million. It would be fair to assume that the asset is worth $1 billion. If that company had 200 million shares issued, ...
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Increase or decrease amount to be withheld each pay period?

I am a recent college graduate, and this is my first time doing the Form L-4 (Louisiana's withholding tax form). On question #8, it asks "Increase or decrease in the amount to be withheld each pay ...
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Who Can I Hire To Calculate the Value of An Estate?

My grandfather in Russia recently died, and he was very private about the state of his finances and did not leave a will. Because of that, nobody, not even his son, really knows what he's worth. He ...
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Investment options for 18 year old?

I have no background in investing and I'm not American but I would like to know what are my investment options as a college student studying in the US. I have put a side $1000 but I have no idea how ...
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My first investment $15K

My knowledge of mutual fund investments is 1 month old. I have $15000 on top my emergency savings and I max out my Roth IRA in addition. So this money is just there earning 1% APY in a savings account....
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U.S. permanent resident and tax reporting?

I became a permanent resident in July of 2013. But, in 2013, I stayed in the U.S. for only 48 days. Do I still need to file 1040 for 2013? Also Do I need to report foreign bank and financial accounts?
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How to protect your checking account from unauthorized transfers?

I have been thinking about how unsafe a checking account is. Every time you give a check to someone, you are providing your routing number, your account number, your bank, and your name, so I really ...

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