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What does it mean for the price of oil to be negative?

These are futures contracts that expire on 4/21, which means that if you hold a futures contract at the end of the trading day tomorrow (April 21st), then you are obligated to "purchase" 1,...
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Why isn't the market dropping like a stone with all the bad news?

Market reactions to information are not always timely, proportional, or rational. We don't know the full impact of our current situation; we're feeling it out. Some people (bulls), believe that the ...
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What does it mean for the price of oil to be negative?

Russia and Saudi Arabia have been ignoring production limits set by OPEC. At the same time demand for oil has crashed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and associated lockdowns. The result is an enormous ...
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What is the cause of sudden price spikes in the FOREX market?

If you do not understand the volatility of the fx market, you need to stop trading it, immediately. There are many reasons that fx is riskier than other types of investing, and you bear those risks ...
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Why isn't the market dropping like a stone with all the bad news?

The market reacts only to new information. It is already known that the new coronavirus has resulted in a pandemic. It was known long before the current situation. Having infections in most countries,...
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Did an additional $32 billion necessarily get invested into Amazon.com stock on October 26th, 2017?

No, a jump in market capitalization does not equal the amount that has been invested. Market cap is simply the stock price times the total number of shares. This represents a theoretical value of ...
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How could an amateur investor make money off of a market crash?

Let's assume you know reasonably well when a market crash will occur. There is significant risk associated with trying to 'time' the market, and you should make yourself familiar with those concepts ...
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What does it mean for the price of oil to be negative?

What should be taken into account that this isn't some random oil that one could take for a low price and store on a rented tanker or at some random storage. The particular contract that went negative ...
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Maker taker fees - can somebody explain in plain english?

Not sure why @Brick's answer was voted down; let me try to state it more precisely. maker Type 1 (seller): You tell the exchange that you want to sell at price P, but P is higher than the highest ...
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Why do some investment firms publish their market predictions?

They do so because it’s free advertising. If they get it wildly wrong, it will be totally forgotten —- it’s not news when a prediction fails to come to pass. Unfortunately, it is often considered ...
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Why is the price of hydrogen (H2) in Germany fixed at 9.50 EUR per kg?

Currently only one company builds, maintains and operates these H2 Stations. Its the H2 MOBILITY Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG which in turn are six companies (Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, OMV, Shell ...
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Why do people who sell something on a marketplace ever allow the price to go down?

Because what if nobody wants to buy at that price any more? When the buy price and the sale price meet, a transaction happens, and those prices are removed from the market. That means there's always a ...
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Can secret Bitcoin transfers cause the reported values to be completely off?

Is it possible to buy and sell bitcoin without any of the exchanges knowing about it? Absolutely, you can send cryptocurrency from one wallet to another without anyone knowing what you are getting in ...
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What does "buyer is maker" mean?

Others have made great explanations of the general theory behind maker/taker logic. However to answer the original question. If isBuyerMaker is true for the trade, it means that the order of whoever ...
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What does "buyer is maker" mean?

For a trade to happen, there must be a buyer and a seller. The buyer could have placed an offer to buy, which the seller took. Or the seller could have placed an offer to sell, which the buyer took. ...
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What does it mean for the price of oil to be negative?

For the simple answer version to your question - yes, a negative commodity price means the seller is willing to pay someone else to take a contract off their hands. This is a feature of commodities ...
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Why do people who sell something on a marketplace ever allow the price to go down?

Just because one buyer was willing to pay $X doesn't necessarily mean other buyers will as well. Maybe that first buyer isn't interested in buying any more since he already has what he wants. If you ...
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Maker taker fees - can somebody explain in plain english?

As you are asking specifically for Kraken, here is what I found: What is ​Maker vs Taker? A trade gets the ​taker​ fee if the trade order is matched immediately against an order already on ...
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How does a company have a net loss in their income statement, but their stock market value still rises?

In simple terms, the value of a stock represents the total value of: Adding up the assets (the things it owns) Subtracting the liabilities (the things it owes) Adding the present value of all the ...
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Why do some investment firms publish their market predictions?

Besides the publicity angle, there's also the possibility that a company could use these predictions for more direct profit. Consider the following: Buy up lots of stock at $50/share Publish that ...
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Did an additional $32 billion necessarily get invested into Amazon.com stock on October 26th, 2017?

Stock A last traded at $100. Stock A has 1 million shares outstanding. Stock A's market cap is $100 million. No seller is willing to sell Stock A for less than $110 a share. One buyer is willing to ...
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What does "buyer is maker" mean?

There are many exchanges (not only for cryptos) that use a "Maker-Taker" model. In this model: A taker is the party whose order tends to be filled on demand (i.e. does not has to wait). This part ...
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How could an amateur investor make money off of a market crash?

The scenario is a private person (as opposed to a professional in the banking system) who thinks/guesses that the market is going to crash in a short time. 'Short time' as in soon or as in drop very ...
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Why should we expect the stock market to continue to generate returns long-term?

Is it a myth that the stock market is guaranteed to go up long-term? No, it is not a myth; it is a generalization. As you say, this is not intended to be taken literally, and nothing is guaranteed. ...
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How could an amateur investor make money off of a market crash?

If you believe the major US stock markets, will drop significantly (let's say, 20%), and you believe that will happen a couple of months from now, that is very, very difficult to play. If you believe ...
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Why should we expect the stock market to continue to generate returns long-term?

You are right - nothing is "guaranteed". But if you look at every 10-year period of the S&P 500, there are only three 10-year periods since 1935 that had negative returns: 1929-1938 (...
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Can secret Bitcoin transfers cause the reported values to be completely off?

Since people are still buying and selling Bitcoin at the exchange price on the exchange, the exchange price still reflects the actual Bitcoin price. If the exchange price didn't reflect the actual ...
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Buffett believes Bitcoin has no value and no future. Isn't it the same with stocks?

Stocks represent legal ownership in companies. Hopefully, those companies are actively creating value (by producing usable goods, or services, etc.). That value creation leads to profits. Those ...
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Can secret Bitcoin transfers cause the reported values to be completely off?

Those transactions are commonly called OTC, or Over The Counter. Majority of transactions are OTC in crypto, and similarly in the regular stock market as well. That means the price based on public ...
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