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Is there a graphic or dataset way to campare the performance of the main currencies over the years?

Is there a graphic or dataset way to campare the performance of the main currencies over the years? I mean a graph that allows to compare many currencies on the same chart, and not two currencies at ...
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How to Compare Two ETFs, accounting for Dividends?

(This is a follow up to my expense ratio question, here). Today I am attempting to study and compare the various Large Cap ETFs but realize I don't know how to even do the comparison, namely in ...
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How to Compare Two ETFs, Accounting for Expense Ratio?

I'm attempting to compare ETFs but am not understanding how to account for expense ratios. (I'm assuming that the annual returns do not account for expense ratios already -- is this correct?) For ...
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Fees aside, what factors could account for performance differences between U.S. large-cap index ETFs?

I'm regardful of the effects of Expense Ratios, but they range from 0.07% to 1.00% for the stocks therein. What other factors/reasons might explain and account for the prodigious difference in rates ...
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Is there a more flexible stock chart service, e.g. permitting choice of colours when comparing multiple stocks?

I'm regardful that these websites can concurrently exhibit the price history/graph/chart for several stocks: http://www.marketwatch.com/investing/fund/qqq http://biz.yahoo.com/charts/guide8.html ...
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Is there a service to find the best & least expensive term life insurance?

How do I find the best and least expensive term life insurance? I'd love to see a listing for life insurance like BankRate.com does for savings accounts and mortgage lenders. Anything like this out ...
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Forex vs day trading for beginner investor

In essence, for a person that has not had any real experience with either (except for playing around in simulators like investopedia): which one would an individual have the most potential to ...
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Formula to decide when to break a Certificate of Deposit (CD)?

I'm trying to create a certificate of deposit (CD) comparison tool and have been working on a formula to compare a CD with a higher interest rate to a CD I might own with a penalty period. I believe ...
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Put a dollar value on pensions?

A friend of mine who works in another state is advertising help wanted. I'm slowly improving my personal finance techniques, and it seems like this is a good month to look at total compensation and ...
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Run for the Gold!! Which one though?

There are many gold based ETFs, let's take GLD and IAN for this example. GLD trades approximately at $160 IAN approximately at $16 If you compare the performances of the two in the past weeks, ...
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Hidden costs I should be aware of when booking cruises?

we're about to book our first cruise. One of the reasons we want to do it, is essentially it's a cheap way to go on a nice, relaxing holiday. Doing my research, I know that generally, things such as ...
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Canada discount stock brokers: Interactive Brokers vs. Questrade?

I am currently trading with BMO and Scottrade, and I'm pretty satisfied with both (most with Scottrade). BMO charges pretty high commissions, 30$, so I'm looking to transferring to a different broker. ...
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Lender benefits/perks comparison website or resource?

I was trying to research different lender housing loans in the US. I realize only the true rates and approved amounts would be after meeting with each lender and going through their pre-approval ...
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How to compare current mortgage to re-finance?

I'm trying figure out how long it will be to recoup the cost of refinancing our present mortgage. I'm doing this for 2 reasons a) b/c the interest rate I could get is about 0.75% less than I pay ...
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What differentiates index funds and ETFs?

Many companies offer index funds and ETFs. If two funds or ETFs track the same fund, what differentiates the two? Is it common for one index fund to outperform another? How can this happen if the ...
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Is there a site that compares IRAs by different companies?

I'm planning on opening a Roth IRA in the very near immediate future (by this year's end, if not sooner). Is there a place I can go to see the different pros/cons of IRAs offered by different ...
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Are factory outlet stores really cheaper these days?

I am not much of a comparison shopper without being on the Internet, and recently the family was near one of those new outlet malls. The stuff they bought didn't seem (to me) to be any cheaper than ...
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How does a Value Added Tax (VAT) differ from a Sales Tax?

A common trend by many governments has been to introduce a Value Added Tax to replace a Sales Tax (as evidenced by the multitude of HST related questions on this site). How do these types of taxes ...
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Why are ETF MERs lower than mutual fund MERs?

Why are exchange traded fund (ETF) management expense ratios (MERs) lower than mutual fund MERs?
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Is there a return-on-investment vs risk graph anywhere?

Is there anywhere a graph of "return-on-investment" vs "risk" for various different investments? On this graph would appear several data points, like: "Short-term deposit in dollars", 1% ...
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What's the average nest egg (savings) for someone age 26? Website for comparison?

How much money should a 26 year old have saved up? Is there somewhere that I can compare against online?
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How are 401(k), 403(b), and 457(b) tax-advantaged retirement plans different? How are they alike?

How are 401(k), 403(b), and 457(b) tax-deferred retirement plans different? How are they alike?
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What are the risks & rewards of being a self-employed independent contractor / consultant vs. being a permanent employee?

What are the risks & rewards of being a self-employed independent contractor / consultant vs. being a permanent employee? Note: I am, in fact, a self-employed independent consultant, and I often ...
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Are TD e-Series Funds worthwhile, or am I better off with ETFs? Why or why not?

I'm looking at e-Series funds offered by TD. They have low MERs and seem to offer a good low cost alternative to traditional mutual funds. What do you guys think? Am I better off with ETFs? Why ...
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What's the differences between a discount broker and a regular broker?

What are the differences between a discount broker and a regular broker? "Discount" implies a price difference... but why can they be cheaper than regular brokers??
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What kind of life insurance is cheaper? I'm not sure about term vs. whole vs. universal, etc

What kind of life insurance policies are the cheapest? what are the features of different kinds of policies out there? What should I be looking for?