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Paging the opposite of Jim Cramer.

I own stock in two companies. One set I inherited, the other I bought because I follow the industry and gambled on my insight. Now they're both at 52-week highs, with a 30% return on the former (as of the day I inherited it, at least) and a 100% return on the latter. The portfolio worth is about to hit $10K. The problem is that I have no idea what I'm doing and I have no idea when or if I should cash out. Everyone I know who has investments has them in index funds managed by someone else. I don't know any professional traders or hobby investors. I do not have the time to learn finance, and I can't imagine a decent financial adviser would be a worthwhile investment considering the portfolio worth. What to do? [more inside]
posted by A god with hooves, a god with horns on May 23, 2013 - 19 answers

In the unlikely event they don't get full-ride scholarships

I own a lot of shares in a company that has done very well on the market recently. So well in fact that if I sold it all now, I could divide the proceeds equally between my two kids and set them both up for college — something my parents couldn't do for me. However, my oldest child won't be ready for college for another 12 years. Is there any way to convert the stock shares into something less volatile than the market, without incurring capital gains tax? My kids both have 529 funds and I'd love to be able to move the stock there but I want to avoid the IRS as much as possible. Yes, I am naive and ignorant of the finer workings of finance, so please be gentle.
posted by Ratio on Oct 30, 2011 - 13 answers

My bank wants to change. Is this good or bad?

Why is my bank becoming a stock savings bank rather than a mutual savings bank and is this a good or bad thing for me? Please assume complete, total and embarrassing financial ignorance in your reply: I know absolutely nothing, possibly less than nothing, about money, economics, banking, stocks and finance. [more inside]
posted by mygothlaundry on Sep 2, 2011 - 8 answers

All your data are belong to CURL

Where can I lookup the future earnings reports date of a given company by ticker. [more inside]
posted by sourbrew on Aug 1, 2010 - 5 answers

Slick, web-based tool for comparing lots of stock histories

Good online tool for comparing the historical results of stocks? [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Feb 9, 2010 - 7 answers

Can I use a retirement fund to buy out startup stock options?

I'm about to leave a startup to go to a different company, and I need some help figuring out how to handle my stock options. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 17, 2009 - 7 answers

Does shorting the competition count as insider trading?

I work for Acme Widgets, a competitor of WorldWide Doodads. I know that tomorrow we will be releasing an amazing widget that is going to completely outshine WorldWide's product lineup. Obviously, I can't do anything with Acme's stock - that would be insider trading. But what about shorting WorldWide's stock? Is that allowed?
posted by anonymous on Oct 30, 2009 - 26 answers

Would you guys recommend to buy MOTORS LIQ CO (MTLQQ)?

Can I buy MOTORS LIQ CO (MTLQQ) AKA General Motors stock? If yes, Would you guys recommend to buy the stock? Whatever your answer I need to know the reason. Thank You
posted by omaralarifi on Aug 13, 2009 - 20 answers

Any sources for daily stock market index valuations for the long term?

Is there a good source for daily stock market information for the last 100 years or so? [more inside]
posted by rr on Feb 15, 2009 - 9 answers

Lesser of two tax burdens?

My partner and I need to pay off some debt, and unfortunately we need to dip into our retirement funds. Our tax accountant is on vacation and we can't find the answer to our question. We have two sources–either sell some stock or cash out a couple of short-term IRA CDs. Which is the lesser of two evils? [more inside]
posted by al_fresco on Dec 13, 2008 - 11 answers

Resource for evaluating past stock recommendations?

Is there anyone (especially online) who's collected reasonably well-informed stock picks from, say, 2, 5, or 15 years ago and explained why the recommendations did or did not work out? [more inside]
posted by ibmcginty on Jul 21, 2008 - 5 answers

Is an index fund really a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow?

InvestingFilter: Is there anything inherently flawed about investing in index funds? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jun 18, 2008 - 24 answers

Is there a website that has graphs of stock price in non-quoted currency

Is there a finance website that can plot historical and current graphs of a stock price in a currency other than that of its local exchange, e.g. the stock price of IBM in USD multiplied by the (moving, not current!) EUR:USD exchange rate? If this is easy to do on Google or Yahoo Finance then I'm obviously missing something!
posted by caek on Feb 11, 2008 - 3 answers

Which insider is selling their stock?

When an insider sells their shares of stock in a company, is there a way to find out WHO sold their stock quickly thereafter? [more inside]
posted by jeanmari on Feb 16, 2006 - 4 answers

Books about the systems behind banking

Are there books that explain, in great detail, the systems that clear trades (equities and options) on the markets and shuffle funds among banks in the U.S.? [more inside]
posted by qslack on Feb 10, 2006 - 2 answers

Tax and Stock Options

I have exercised stock options and taken possession of a small number of shares. I have not sold anything, but am wondering how screwed I am, tax-wise. First, do I have to declare the value of the stock as "income" for the year that I acquired it? Second, if I should sell it, do I add the money I receive from that sale to my regular taxable income? Do I deduct the amount I paid in? Is the net difference subject to other taxes? Is this handle-able by an average person or do I need an accountant?
posted by scarabic on Jan 13, 2005 - 6 answers

Why Will Dividend Make Microsoft Stock Price Fall By Dividend Amount?

According to numerous reports I've read in the last few days worth of the Business Section of the newspaper, Microsoft's "stock price can be expected to fall by the amount of the dividend." That's the one-time $3 dividend that is coming sometime soon for those of you who don't follow this sort of thing. Anyway... I don't get it? Why is the stock price expceted to drop about $3 the day after this dividend? I like to think of myself as knowledgeble about the markets, and I understand that this dividend will remove $3 per share out of the bank for M$, but aren't stock prices valued more in terms of the value of the company and its holdings rather than simply the value of the money in the bank?
posted by pwb503 on Nov 10, 2004 - 12 answers

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