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469 views

What is the “rule of 70” or “rule of 72” with regards to investment, and how do I apply it?

What is the "rule of 72" (sometimes called the "rule of 70") with regards to investment, and how do I apply it?
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4answers
588 views

Buying life insurance at the age of 25

Given that, the person is unmarried and without any dependent, is it advisable to buy life insurance (which is not a term insurance) at the age of 25? Considering it as an investment tool plus a ...
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3answers
139 views

What sort of investment accounts are generally used for short term (not retirement) investing?

If accounts such as Roth IRA and 401(k) are designed for investing towards retirement, what sort of accounts do people generally use for short term investing, say 5-10 years? Ideally there would be ...
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3answers
437 views

What is the point of the stock market? What is it for, and why might someone want to trade or invest?

Sometimes you have to explain this to young people or people unfamiliar with the stock market. Why would a company want to be a stock company? Why would a person want to trade stocks? How does a ...
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1answer
88 views

How to find if a public company has taken out a loan?

From a company's Income Statement, Balance Sheet, and Cash Flow data, is it possible to figure out if the company has taken out a loan and how much it has taken out?
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6answers
258 views

Why do investors buy stock that had appreciated?

I understand you make money by buying low and selling high. But even if the stock price goes up, why are we guaranteed that there is some demand for it? After all, it's more expensive now. It would ...
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3answers
842 views

What is the difference between a stock and a bond?

I am just learning about finances (only 14 years old) and have heard about Stocks and Bonds and I would like to know the difference between these two things and wonder why would I invest in one or the ...
6
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5answers
495 views

Does reading financial statements (quarterly or annual reports) really help investing?

Will learning how to read financial statements really give investors a significant edge? From your experience, is it worth the time to pick up this tool? Edit: Thanks for all the feed back guys. I ...
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10answers
6k views

Why does gold have value?

I'm curious about why is there so much financial interest and news coverage about gold. It's hard to do things like buy food or pay the rent with gold, but I can do this with cash. Gold doesn't yield ...
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2answers
92 views

Stocks and bonds have yields, but what is a yield?

I often read about yield such as in this article from Kiplinger, but I have not been able to find a good description of what a yield is. What is it, and why would I care as a novice investor?
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4answers
232 views

What is a Master Limited Partnership (MLP) & how is it different from plain stock?

I came across a reference to a "Master Limited Partnership" in a news article recently. I understand they are exchange-listed investments like individual stocks. But, what exactly are Master Limited ...
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2answers
2k views

What does market cap (or market capitalization) mean?

When I look at my Google finance page, and I look at a company, lets say Citigroup for example, and I see that the market cap is 83.45 billion, what does that mean? Does that mean Stock Price X ...
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3answers
123 views

Are quarterly earnings released first via a press release on the investor website, via conference call, or does it vary by company?

Are quarterly earnings released first via a press release on the investor website, via conference call, or does it vary by company?