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Investing in low cost medical clinics

How can I invest in low-cost medical clinics like RediClinic, CheckUps and Take Care? These are clinics that are inside drugstores and Wal-Mart and Target. I've visited their websites and searched in Google but they do not seem to be listed on any stock exchanges.
posted by toreo on Oct 6, 2006 - 3 answers

Where to get 100's of photos of people (face shots preferred) for free?

These photos will populate my local database with photos of people for a dating site (this is just for dev purposes, a work in progress). I thought I'd write something to scrape them off hotornot.com or something similar, but perhaps there's an easier route (for free)?
posted by masymas on Sep 23, 2006 - 6 answers

SGI: We're not dead yet!

What happens to the value of a company's stock when they declare banckruptcy and then exit bankruptcy? [more inside]
posted by cosmicbandito on Sep 20, 2006 - 6 answers

I am not teh smarts.

What are some good image metaphors for "intelligence"? Lightbulbs, brains, computers, networks.... etc... looking for concepts, suggestions or stock images. [more inside]
posted by skrike on Sep 6, 2006 - 14 answers

Credit card checks for stockmarket?

I got a few credit card checks with 2% APR until April 07. Should I use them to invest in the stock market? [more inside]
posted by monkeycool on Sep 3, 2006 - 38 answers

How much stock do they issue?

I am forming a New York S corporation for two business partners. How many shares is a normal amount of stock to issue? Why?
posted by whitebird on Aug 25, 2006 - 5 answers

What stock / tradgin Blog has a bearded man on the bull sculpture?

I lost track of a blog I really like... can anyone identify it from very sparse clues? It is a stock / trading blog. (**If you can tell me about any other stock, trading, economy, or venture capital blogs that you like that would be very appreciated too!) [more inside]
posted by limitedpie on Aug 23, 2006 - 5 answers

Stock Footage

Stock Footage Filter: Need trippy, psychedelic imagery (I've already exhausted Prelinger). [more inside]
posted by nathancaswell on Aug 20, 2006 - 11 answers

Selling stock on one's own?

Without a brokerage account, may I legally and easily sell common stock? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by Elsa on Jul 25, 2006 - 13 answers

Do US stock option market-maker have to buy and sell?

Regular old US stock options (not employee stock options): Anyone know if a) the market-maker / clearinghouse is required to buy and/or sell every call and put listed? b) and, if so, how many contracts are they required to buy and/ sell? MORE INSIDE... [more inside]
posted by catcatwomanman on Jul 2, 2006 - 3 answers

OTCBB stock: broker/issuance/tax advice

I'm about to be eligible to exercise stock options on a stock traded on the Over The Counter Bulletin Board (OTC). Advice on getting my university to issue them to me, exercising (tax) and brokers (sale) please. [more inside]
posted by lalochezia on Apr 27, 2006 - 23 answers

Mac-friendly Online Broker

I'm searching for a Mac-friendly online trade broker. Something with great tools that I can use for up-to-the-soonaspossible statistics and whatnot. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by travis vocino on Apr 20, 2006 - 4 answers

Best online stock trading site?

I'm looking to do some casual stock trading...likely 1 or 2 trades a quarter, in amounts around $1000 or less. What online stock trader site is best for me? [more inside]
posted by davebug on Mar 28, 2006 - 10 answers

Archaic Stock

Similarly, some shares of Hoffman Electronics Corp. of the State of California stock issued June 25, 1959 have been bequeathed to me. How can find what, if anything, is its value? What can I do with it when I know?
posted by glibhamdreck on Mar 7, 2006 - 2 answers

May I ever use a stock graphic in a logo?

Clients want me to use stock graphics in their logos. May I do so, if I warn them that the resulting logo may not be trademarkable? [more inside]
posted by lemuria on Mar 4, 2006 - 7 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

1990s Internet Streaming Video Compression Scam?

I remember a typical late 1990s Bubble story where a scammer was hyping a fake streaming video technology to grab investor cash. What name should I look up under? [more inside]
posted by meehawl on Feb 12, 2006 - 16 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 question on spin offs and acquisitions

capital gains question about stocks that are spun off or purchased [more inside]
posted by alkupe on Nov 22, 2005 - 9 answers

Real-time stock web service

I need a very simple stock quote web service that I can get at programatically. Everything I've found is either non-real time ("delayed 10 minutes") or not programatically available (i.e. an embedded java webpage that only works in IE.) I'd even screen scrape if they let me. I will obviously pay for this service. I don't need charts or anything fancy beyond real time data for any of the major exchanges (I'm not picky.)
posted by neustile on Nov 11, 2005 - 8 answers

Owning a piece of the competition

In general, what are the legalities in owning stock in a major competitor of one's employer?
posted by mischief on Nov 9, 2005 - 4 answers

Starting up a competitor to E*Trade

What would it take to start (in terms of licensing and registering) a "competitor" (in a very vague and loose sense of the word) to E*Trade? [more inside]
posted by Alt F4 on Oct 23, 2005 - 8 answers

How much for that stock in the window?

I have a single share of AT&T from 1982. How much is it worth? [more inside]
posted by symphonik on Oct 17, 2005 - 6 answers

TIAA-CREF vs Fidelity investments?

Currently I have at my work the option to choose between funds, TIAA-CREF and Fidelity investments. Since it is a non-profit organization they put in 6.5% of my salary plus anything else I want to contribute (it's a 403b). I have tried to do some research to see which company is better in the long run but can't find any information on TIAA-CREF besides that it used to be exclusively for teachers and federal employees. Does anyone know which investor I should get? I am looking for the greatest gain in the long run.
posted by nserrano on Oct 13, 2005 - 7 answers

How to liquidate small amounts of common stock cheaply?

Common stock cheepnis - I have several small amounts of common stock, what is the most cost effective way of liquidating them? [more inside]
posted by ackptui on Oct 5, 2005 - 6 answers

When you own stock in a company that is being acquired, how do you know wether to sell the shares or let them be converted?

When you own stock in a company that is being acquired, how do you know wether to sell the shares or let them be converted? [more inside]
posted by quadog on Oct 3, 2005 - 4 answers

Discount broker for Toronto Stock exchange

American Investor seeks Discount Brokerage Firm with access to Toronto Stock Exchange. On line access preferred. Foreign incorporation considered.
posted by IndigoJones on Aug 18, 2005 - 3 answers

Images of Playing Cards

For a design job, I need images of standard playing cards: both the faces and the backs. These will be for commercial sites (not personal use), so I need images that I can use legally (I can't credit the photographer). I prefer free, but will pay if I must. Vector is fine if it looks real. So is raster. On stock sites, I keep finding cards, but they are always shot from odd angles or are partially obscured. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Jun 22, 2005 - 10 answers

Are you getting a lot of stock-related spam on Gmail lately?

In the last couple of weeks Gmail's normally-astute spam filtering has totally given up the ghost in one specific area: stock spam. It seems like every single stock spam slips past the filter and ends up in my inbox. At the moment every other time I get a new email it comes with a subject like "Leading auth0rity On l0w priced st0cks". Anyone else having the same issue? Has Gmail's spam filter started to show cracks?
posted by LondonYank on Apr 13, 2005 - 12 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

what is your favorite camera for format photos

I've suddenly decided that I am on the verge of diving headfirst into the murky waters of medium format photography. Any of you have any favourite cameras? Favourite brands? Favourite filmstocks? Rest assured, I will not be shooting weddings or yearbook portraits.
posted by nylon on Aug 15, 2004 - 22 answers

University Restaurant in Spain

I need to get a high-resolution (1 MB) photograph of any university restaurant in Spain for an article I'm writing. I had a contact fall through on me at the last minute and need something fast. I've searched some image data banks online and have drawn a blank. Anyway, I'd prefer something original, not stock. Any ideas? I thought about paying a student a bit of money to take a photograph. Problem is, I don't know any university students in Spain.
posted by hazyjane on Jul 30, 2004 - 5 answers

Dividends vs. stock price

So, Microsoft just announced that they're going to give a special dividend of $3 per share:

http://www.microsoft.com/msft/FAQ/faqdividend.mspx#Question7

Why has the stock price not risen by $3 on this news? It has risen somewhat since yesterday, but only about a dollar.

Doesn't this announcement mean that each share will be automatically worth $3 more, or have I missed something? It seems extremely unlikely that they'd announce something like this and then not do it.
posted by Caviar on Jul 21, 2004 - 18 answers

What's the advantage of owning stock with voting rights?

What is the advantage of owning stock which has voting rights? These guys (the first 20 posts, specifically comment #17) imply that stock which has voting rights will trade at a premium. Furthermore, this Berkshire memo mentions that there will fluctuation and difference in supply and demand between two types of stock that have a constant valuation ratio despite having differing voting rights.

What is it about voting rights that would add or decrease value to a company's net worth? Most of the links I've checked seem to only confirm that yes, there is a difference.
posted by sleslie on May 3, 2004 - 3 answers

How do I use my stock options?

Any investors out there? My company gave me some stock options for the last several years, and I haven't a clue how to to use them. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by benjh on Apr 17, 2004 - 12 answers

Simulated stock market games.

I've been fascinated for a while with stiff like tradesports.com and the ill-fated DARPA terrorism futures market, and got to thinking about building a fake, toy futures market. There are systems out there that simulate markets, but they're either simple portfolio charters or they have randomly wobbling shares. I'm much more interested in valuations created by groups of users gaming on the outcome of real events.

Ideally, as I'm very lazy, someone will have written one of these already, but I've googled away and had no joy. It could be me not knowing the lingo used to describe these things.

Failing this can anybody recommend a framework to work within? I'm thinking of something (probably the usual php/mysql) with e-mail/users/password recovery etc. built in for me to start from. Maybe the toy market would be best developed as a plug in to something? [more inside]
posted by Flat Feet Pete on Mar 28, 2004 - 5 answers

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