What Is Stock Float?

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Stock float refers to the amount of stock that available to the public domain or the private sector to buy and sell. Use stock float information to determine the ease of a transaction with insight from a financial adviser in this free video on investing and money management.

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Do your stocks float? Hi. This is Roger Groh, at Groh Asset Management. No, no, no, no, no, I'm not saying that they're under water. Float, refers to the amount of stock that's available in the public domain, or privately, to buy and sell. Remember, that the company can change the amount of stock outstanding quickly, by either selling more stock to the public, or buying it back. Does float matter? Probably. The more float, the easier a transaction. The less float, you could get big swings in stock prices either way if you only have a limited number of share holders. When they're buying, share prices go up quick. On the other hand, when they're selling, watch out, because prices will decline quickly also. So, float is good. Big float is good. I'm Roger Groh with Groh Asset Management. Thank you very much for spending time with me.

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