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What does “interest rates”, without any further context, generically refer to?

There's an old Far Side cartoon where someone discovers a guy in a room full of telephones behind a door labeled 'They' and shouts something like "MORTIMER STANLEY! So you're the they in 'That's what ...
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How does a CFD work behind the scenes?

I'm curious as to how the Contracts For Difference (CFDs) work. I understand how they work for the consumer side - you enter into an agreement to pay/be paid the difference between the stock price at ...
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Good habits pertaining to personal finance for someone just getting started?

I'm in college right now. I'm in my 20s and will graduate next year. I haven't invested in any funds/stocks or anything of that sort. I am not working currently (part time or full time) — well, ...
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Building financial independence

In my very late 20s I am working hard to become financially independent. I have a good job paying between 74-80k a year. I can live (pay rent, food, entertainment) for $1k a month. So after taxes I ...
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What is an “RRSP deduction limit” for?

I'm not asking what my limit is—I can see what is the dollar amount of my deduction limit. Rather, I don't quite grasp what is an RRSP deduction limit for? Why is there a limit? A limit to ...
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What's the difference between a company's after-tax profit and their sales/revenue?

Two fundamental analysis formulas have got me confused. One is the EPS (earnings per share) and the other is P/S (price/sales ratio). If I understand the formulas correctly, EPS is calculated by ...
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What is the opposite of a sunk cost? A “sunk gain”?

Here's an example of the sunk cost fallacy: You decided to buy a solar panel because you heard that you can make money from them over time. Unfortunately, you didn't do enough research and bought an ...
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Will a credit card issuer cancel an account if it never incurs interest?

I have a few credit cards that are currently carrying some larger "promotional" balances. These are purchases that I decided to put on a 6, 12, or 18 month 0% APR financing offer vs. taking any points ...
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How does a company get money by going public in an IPO?

If a company goes public, how does it get the money? Will the underwriter pay the company once it goes for initial public offering (IPO)? Does that have anything to do with the valuation? Say a ...
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Online resources for understanding credit reports, including a sample?

Could someone provide me sources where I can find some examples of a credit report (in the USA), how it looks like, etc.? I want to understand each and every section of credit report. Any ...
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What's the difference between Market Cap and NAV?

Here's my understanding: Market Captilisation is the market value of all of a company's shares. Then this sounds like the market value of a company's equity. NAV is Asset minus Liabilities. Wouldn't ...
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Given advice “buy term insurance and invest the rest”, how should one “invest the rest”?

It is often recommended that people buy term insurance for a lower premium cost, and invest the rest of the money. It is said that the returns from your own investment are higher than the ones from ...
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Formal Definition of APR

I have seen several conflicting sources on the internet about APR. Some say the effective rate is (1+APR/n)^n -1 while others say this formula is the APR since APR represents the rate over all ...
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Financial times vs free news

I am a student living in the UK and I am trying to improve my 'commercial awareness' for applying to finance related jobs. (In particular algorithmic trading) What advantages, if any, does reading ...
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calculating no. of payments

is there a formula to calculate the no. of payments "P" required to pay off a loan amount "X", with an interest rate "Y" and a monthly payment amount "Z". I think "X/Z" would be an approximation for ...
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What is the rationale for a separate “National Insurance” tax in the UK?

In the UK there's a type of income tax called "National Insurance", similar to regular income tax. http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/ni/ What is the rationale for having this separate income tax? How does it ...
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401k Hardship withdrawal (First home), without buying home?

Not saying this is a good idea, but honestly it was something I was just curious about. My and other 401(k) plans allows you to withdraw from your 401(k) before 59 years of age for "hardship" for the ...
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What are the economic benefits of owning a home in the United States?

I am trying to figure out if owning a home is more economical then renting. According to all the tools, according to the rent I pay now (< $800) owning a home is not economical, even in the long ...
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Lump sum investment vs SIP when I have the lump sum

I am fresh out of college and placed with a good job. It's been two months now and I have with me (after making all deductions): Two months salary Signing bonus = Equivalent to another 1.5 months of ...
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I own a mutual fund that owns voting shares, who gets the vote?

I was looking at FSCSX and noticed that it owns some Google Class A shares. These shares get 1 vote each (Yeah I know Google voting shares cant really influence anything, lets ignore that). Who ...
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What can we conclude/learn from inst. own %?

I just noticed that some stocks are largely held by institutions while some are very less. What can we conclude/learn from this number?
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Is there a financial product that allows speculation on GDP?

is there an financial product linked to the GDP of the US (or other countries)? There are plenty of derivatives and certificates whose underlying equity is the Dow Jones, which makes it possible to ...
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Unable to understand logic behind why there is no exit load on liquid fund

Was reading about the liquid funds and came across this sentence on one of the sites: Considering that liquid funds are ideally suited for investments that may be required to be redeemed at a ...
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What's the difference between Buy and Sell price on the stock exchange [duplicate]

I am new to stock investments. I usually ask for stock broker to write up a quote for me. I can also check the prices on the Malawi Stock Exchange website. However I am not sure which price she ...
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Why don't people generally save more of their income?

Personally, I can save up to 80% of my income. I believe normal person could save about 50% of their income, but none of countries average even 20%. Why? according to : ...
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Is it good idea to sacrifice some capital for higher income?

Let's assume I hold a bond that yields 3% for some time. Based on my calculations $100 are working in the investment. So it makes me $3 each year. Now let's assume the yields have been increased so ...
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Should I only look at P/E ratio when valuing a stock?

A company is earning 40 cents per share and is trading at $6.00. From there I get the P/E ratio to be 15. It does not have much growth potential and it's earnings are relatively stable and has been ...
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Can I buy stock of a company that just IPO

I'm a college student, and I wonder if I can buy stock from a company right after it finishes its IPO? To be more specific, I'm interested in the IPO of Alibaba, which hasn't happen yet. If I am not ...
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are my calculations for PV, NPV, and rate of return right?

Note: This is not a homework. I teach myself some financial principles and I made up this example to find out if I understood these principles. This example is a just a normal example nothing is real. ...
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What is the difference between an Independent Financial Advisor (IFA) and an Accountant?

I'm looking for some advice on various small personal financial matters relating to pension, salary, taxation etc. I've been given a personal recommendation for an accountant, but looking at their ...
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Why would Two ETFs tracking Identical Indexes Produce different Returns?

-- Edit -- It turns out that the RPG fund creates an index of "pure-style growth" from the S&P 500/Citigroup PURE growth index, where the IVW ETF creates an index from the S&P 500/Citigroup ...
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How should I think about stock dividends?

I'm a 19 year old college student looking at some potential long-term investments, but am first reading as many books as I can, since this sector isn't the field I study. I am reading a book and a ...
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Loan math problem

There was a 9gag post some time ago with the following problem: A car dealer offers Lachlan a car that is priced at $21800, but he only has a $600 deposit. Lachlan's trade-in is actually worth $500. ...
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Why and why would/wouldn't a company split their stock?

When Apple was in the high $600 or so range, it split 6 times and made it more affordable to purchase more shares for less, even though the value was technically the same. I see companies like Google ...
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How much of each stock do index funds hold?

An S&P500 index fund will hold each of the 500 stocks that are in the S&P 500. Does it target holding an equal number of shares of each stock? An equal dollar amount? Does this vary based on ...
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How do companies like WhatsApp and Hike earn money?

How do companies like whatsapp and hike earn money? How actually the Internet we use to to operate them will be actually converted into money??
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Why do some companies (like this company) have such a huge per share price?

Questions Why would they do this, I can't imagine what type of liquidty issues they may have, I know stocks like Berkshire (where stocks are kept high to dissuade short selling, excessive voltailty ...
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Will I see a collection on my credit report if I paid the bill in full?

I received a call from a collections agency a couple of days ago about an unsettled bill of $200. Turns out that during my grad school days (over 7 years ago), we used a water delivery service and I ...
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Should I get a bank account since I recently got my first job?

I'll be starting work this Friday (yay!) and haven't got the slightest clue about any of this. It'll be washing dishes at a restaurant, and I really don't know anything. Do I set up a bank account ...
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Money on the table: Lorillard (LO)?

Lorillard (LO) / Reynolds acquisition news was announced today. Reynolds will buy LO for 68.88 per share. However, the stock dropped today to ~ $60.17. The out of the money call options also reflect ...
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Net money invested in Stock indexes ended up in red

A look at the Indian Stock exchange trade today here shows a net investment of INR 296 crores but all the indices Nifty (-38.2), BSE (-137.30) ended in red. Why so? When money is pumped into the ...
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What are some way to decide if a e-commerce site is reliable?

I am planning to travel to US for holidays, and my friend in US told me that gift card from mygiftcardsite. Here's the website, and here's where you can register/view your transaction details. Truth ...
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What is a good service that will allow me to practice options trading with a pretend-money account? [closed]

I want to get a little more practice before I put my money on the line. I was using Paper Money from thinkorswim through school, but my account is bugged where the buying power will not update. The ...
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What standards should I expect of my CPA when an error was made?

I was storing some product at a fulfillment company in California in 2011 & 2012. I live in Florida where I do business from my home. I have been doing my taxes with a CPA so it would get done ...
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What is the difference between direct plans and Institutional Plan?

When I look at ultra short term funds, I generally see at least these two options for a given fund house. If the fund house name is "ABC", then I generally see these 2 options: ABC Ultra Short Term ...
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What do I need to know before getting a loan?

Recently, due to a series of events, I've been finding myself... uncomfortable with my financial situation. I'm not in debt, but my account balance did drop into the low three-digit figures a couple ...
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What's the difference between 365D, 52W, 12M, 1Y in stock market?

I would like to calc calculate SMA (Simple Moving Average) these kind of data myself and found the following question: What's the difference between 365D, 52W, 12M, 1Y in stock market? Does holiday ...
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What's the difference between a certified check, a cashier's check, a money order, and a bank draft?

The question comes from reading this answer. I've heard these terms used somewhat interchangeably, but I have no idea what the differences are. What's the difference between a certified check, a ...
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Best way to invest money as a 22 year old?

I currently have a small sum of money of less than $1000, but will be reaching greater than $1000 over the summer due to a summer waiter job. I have been reading about the stock market, but so far I ...
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Making Sense Of This Sentence

Some random browsing brought me to the Wikipedia page on Financial Independence, and I'm having trouble making sense of something it says. Below is the whole extract, provided in full to make it easy ...