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Basics of ETFs

Like a mutual fund, an exchange-traded fund (ETF) pools the money of many investors and purchases a group of securities. Like index mutual funds, most ETFs are passively managed. Instead of having a portfolio manager who uses his or her judgment to select specific stocks, bonds, or other securities to buy and sell, both index […]

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Market Outlook: A Trader’s Guide

Different ways to develop an opinion on the market In the world of Wall Street, there is no shortage of colorful language used to describe one’s outlook on the markets. When using the key terms to describe your market sentiment (bullish, bearish, neutral or volatile), Ally Invest is speaking from the perspective of the U.S. […]

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Leveraged and Inverse ETFs

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have gotten increasingly popular since they were introduced in 1993. Their value is based on a portfolio of investments, often referred to as a basket. In general, the basket consists of different stocks, but may also contain hard commodities, derivatives or other investments. ETFs trade throughout the day just like a stock […]

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What is Your Investing Persona?

When it comes to investing, we each our own motivations, and roadblocks. Despite our differences, we can often find parallels in the way we each go about our investing life. There is a wide spectrum of different types of investors. Knowing where your behaviors and perspectives compare to others in a similar situation can be […]

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Tax Implications of Trading

Manage your trading taxes more efficiently If you dread unraveling the tax implications of your trading activities each year, it's time to take hold of these issues. With a few basics under your belt, you can partner with your tax preparer to manage your trading taxes more proactively, resulting in less aggravation and, hopefully, a […]

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What are Investment Objectives and why do I have to choose one?

Industry regulations require brokerage firms to know their clients. Part of this process involves gathering information about your trading experience, your financial background (including net worth and annual income), and your investment objectives. An investment objective is your overall outlook on trading for your account. Ally needs an accurate picture of your goals because we […]

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Differences with Buy and Long, or Sell and Short

You'll notice sometimes an investor or trader may use the word buy while others use the word long. What's the difference? It could be very little, or a lot, all at the same time. Buying a stock (or an option) is straightforward. It's the resulting position which might not be obvious. As you probably have […]

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ETFs for Beginners

Are you just starting with exchange-traded funds (ETFs)? If so, you may have little or no direct participation in the financial markets. Maybe you're transitioning from a full-service brokerage or employer-sponsored retirement plan to an online service like Ally Invest. Your investing objectives may run the spectrum from conservative to aggressive, but it's likely you […]

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How are “Hard-to-Borrow” fees calculated?

A hard-to-borrow fee is an annualized fee based on the value of a short position and the hard-to-borrow rate for that position. The fee is charged on a pro-rated basis depending on how many days you hold the position short. It will be assessed to your account at the end of the month or upon […]

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I just bought a security in my cash account. How soon can I sell it?

Cash accounts are required to abide by industry-wide settlement rules that were established through Regulation T of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934. These rules dictate that cash proceeds from Stock, ETF, and mutual fund trades will settle on the third business day after the trade date. Option trades, on the other hand, will […]