Income

Generally speaking, income is financial gain derived from: Labor (work) Capital (money) or a combination of the two. Financial gain derived from labor is generally referred toas wages. Unless specifically exempt or excluded by law, all incomeis subject to income tax and is reported on a tax return. Gross income is all worldwide income from whatever […]

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Understanding a fractional share

by Robinhood DEFINITION A fractional share is a part of a share of stock that is less than a full share, which can come from stock splits, dividend reinvestment plans (DRIPs), or other corporate actions. Understanding a fractional share A fractional share is a part of one share of stock. Fractional shares are often the result of financial decisions or […]

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Zuckerberg Loses $7 Billion as Firms Boycott Facebook Ads

(Bloomberg) — Mark Zuckerberg just became $7.2 billion poorer after a flurry of companies pulled advertising from Facebook Inc.’s network. Shares of the social media company fell 8.3% on Friday, the most in three months, after Unilever, one of the world’s largest advertisers, joined other brands in boycotting ads on the social network. Unilever said […]

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Dividends

What Are Dividend Stocks? Marketbeat Investing in dividend-paying stocks is a common investment strategy. Dividends are essentially free money, though taxes do apply. But how do you know which stocks will pay dividends? Companies that pay dividends tend to be larger and more established. It is far less likely for newer companies to pay dividends. This […]

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Senate May Rein In Microsoft’s Billion-Dollar Army Program

(Bloomberg) — A Senate committee’s proposed freezing half of the funding available to an Army program involving Microsoft Corp., pending greater transparency into the program’s cost and performance. The program, known as the Integrated Visual Augmentation System, or IVAS, aims to develop a “heads-up display” for U.S. ground forces, similar to the displays fighter pilots use in the […]

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What’s a market-wide trading halt?

A market-wide trading halt is like a timeout. It gives everybody a chance to catch their breath and may help slow the stampede of a selloff. Halts are issued by US equities, options, and futures exchanges. There are three circuit breakers that can trigger market-wide halts in the US: Level 1: The S&P 500 drops […]

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What’s a circuit breaker?

After the 1987 stock market crash, known as “Black Monday,” the US Securities and Exchange Commission adopted market-wide circuit breakers, or certain thresholds at which trading is halted for a pre-defined period of time. These circuit breakers were updated in 2012 in order to make them more meaningful in today’s high speed electronic markets.  Market-wide […]

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What is a volatile market?

A volatile market is often characterized by extreme price fluctuations and widespread uncertainty. Nobody knows what to expect, and fear—or euphoria—can grip investors. During these moments, it can be tough to sit still. Your investment portfolio may seemingly plummet—or soar—based on the smallest whisper: a rumor that the Fed might change interest rates, that the […]

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