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I just made $50K from selling my house. How should I invest the proceeds?

I just made $50K from selling my house. I need some advice because I'm terribly bad at managing money and I'd like to invest a bit. My bank is harassing me – they want to sell me their product ...
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How should one structure a portfolio given the possibility that a Total Stock Market Index might decline and not recover for a long time?

It's a common financial advice to buy an index and hold it forever. Particularly, John Bogle endorsed buying an S&P 500 index and just hold it / buy more of it during bear markets so you get ...
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How can someone invest in areas that require you to be an accredited investor [without qualifying as an accredited investor]?

I have some money that I would like to invest. I have some money invested in the stock market and I have found some other places I'd like to invest as well, but it seems that many places require that ...
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Move from Stockholm to Ireland

I live in Sweden but plan to move back to Ireland in a number of years. When I can't say exactly but hopefully within 5 years. I'm 32 years of age, with a wife and 2 children. We earn 70k euros ...
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How do credit union loans and dividends vs interest work?

Since a credit union's customer own shares/stocks, then what is really happening when a credit union makes a car or home loan to a new customer? Is it shorting selling stocks at an interest rate? ...
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Non-tax advantaged investing over 401k situation

Is it worth bypassing a 401k in favor of a normal taxable investing account if you can contribute while in the 15% tax bracket and plan to retire in that bracket as well? After crunching some ...
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What will be the consequences if Negative Gearing is abolished in Australia?

There has been recent speculation in the Australian media about the Government possibly abolishing Negative Gearing in Australia in order to shore up falling revenues. In fact certain interest groups ...
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How many IRAs can I open/add-to/purchase in a given year for my family?

I want to plan for my children's futures - and while I believe I understand from articles at Fool.com, Smartmoney, and Forbes, is that I cannot purchase an IRA, as such, for them: it needs to be done ...
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What is the “Short sale circuit breaker rule”?

Apparently there's a NASDAQ rule called something like short sale circuit breaker which limits how much a stock can be sold short after a certain drop in price or something like that. It really makes ...
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Do you have to be mega-rich to invest in companies pre-IPO?

Say there's a company which is known with certainty to be doing very well, but is privately held and is expected to go public within a few years. When such companies do investment rounds, are the only ...
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How is a probability cone read?

So, googled this a little bit. Everything I read was very indepth. But for starters can someone give me a quick rundown on how to read this thing? Here is my interpretation, correct me where I am ...
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What report format can be used to motivate a young adult to learn about investments?

My 21 year old sister has some money coming. I want to show her in a one page report, what the results will be if she invest that money (bonds/stocks/commodities) vs taking the money and not investing ...
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Does buying/selling a stock for a loss count as income?

In 2011 I accidentally bought $1000 worth of stock in a brokerage account and immediately sold it the same day for $985 (a $15 loss). The IRS is now claiming I owe $280 in taxes on $985 of income. Is ...
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Why are fund managers' average/minimum purchase price from form 13F the same?

Using the fund managers 13F form filings you can calculate the average, minimum, and number of shares of a stock they listed for each quarter. Looking at the data to see who buy/add/reduce/sold out ...
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How can I replicate Vanguard's Total Stock Market Index using their S&P 500 and extended stock market funds?

I want to approximate the total United States stock market with part of my 401(k). I have access to two low-cost index mutual funds: VIIIX, which tracks the S&P 500 (large cap), and VIEIX, which ...
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Couch Potato Portfolio for Europeans?

I recently came across the Couch Potato Portfolio concept and was happy to find an investment strategy that made sense to me. Its origin seems to be the Canadian version, and it has been translated ...
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How can a beginner start an investment portfolio in Europe (France)?

I have been lurking, reading information about personal finances for a few months (if not years) now, but I didn't get the chance to start because I don't know where to start. Here is the thing: I am ...
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Why have I never seen a stock split?

I know it happens, but I've never seen it once. I'm a total stock amateur; I just invest small-scale amounts that I have to spare for the sake of experience/practice and a maybe a little fun. But ...
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Yield of a municipal bond with a sinking fund?

How do I calculate my expected return if I buy a municipal bond at a premium with a sinking fund feature? For example, I'm looking at a bond with a coupon of 5.5%, maturing July 2015, with the ...
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Does doing your “research”/“homework” on stocks make any sense?

One thing about investing has always bothered me. You constantly hear people saying you need to "do your research" or "do your homework" on a company before buying their stock. I rarely watch Mad ...
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Can I invest in the USA or EU from an Asian 3rd-world country, over the Internet?

Is it possible to invest in markets in the USA or Europe from an Asian 3rd-world country over the Internet? Does the laws of the USA or EU allow people outside to do so?
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Why are some long term investors so concerned about their entry price?

A long term investor is usually defined as someone who enters an investment for, say, 10, 20, 30 years or more. Generally they buy an investment to help meet a certain objective in their lives (e.g. ...
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What is the best resource for determining a specific age-based asset allocation?

I found a lot of information about how to allocate between stocks and bonds based on age, but I cannot find much about the proper allocation between domestic/international assets, large cap/small cap, ...
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Is there an advantage to international stock diversfication?

I'd like to reduce my risk of investing solely in the U.S. stock market compared to the rest of the world. However, my concern is that perhaps the U.S. stock market already has such international ...
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Where can I find quarterly earnings-per-share data for the major U.S. market indices?

Where (on what website) can I find last few years' worth of quarterly earnings-per-share for the Russell 3000? and the Dow?
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Investments backed by physical Diamonds?

I understand people can invest in Gold via ETF's which are investments backed by physical gold. My question is, do investments exist which are physically backed by Diamonds?
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When is a SEP IRA appropriate, can a Roth IRA suffice for self-employed individuals?

I am a self-employed individual working in the software industry; my current salary is commensurate to the market value of a software developer with 5 years of experience. I have not yet opened up a ...
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Is there a fool-proof way to keep up with inflation? [duplicate]

I know I can keep cash in an interest-based bank account, but that type of investment will not keep up with inflation, it seems. Would I be right to assume that government/corporate bonds can keep up ...
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Roth or Traditional IRA if getting a dramatic increase in income this year?

So I just learned that it's not too late to fund an IRA for 2012. With a week left and never having done this before, I now get to decide which type I want to open. Based on my (really vague) ...
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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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What are the advantages of an IRA over general investment accounts?

I'm trying to understand the benefits of IRAs. I get that an IRA is an account for retirement in which I keep investments. And I get the difference between Roth and Traditional IRAs (in fact, that's ...
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Evidence for timing market in the short run?

I've deposited a sum of money in my Roth IRA and I'd like to invest soon, but I don't a firm deadline. Is there any evidence for a strategy I can use to "time" the market over a short time horizon, or ...
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How do small cap stocks perform vs. large cap stocks (like Dow constituents) during bear trends?

Does anyone have any good information on how small cap stocks, e.g. < $500M, perform during bear trends and/or recessions in comparison to large cap stocks like the Dow Jones Industrial Average ...
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Why might it be a bad idea to invest 100% of your 401(k) into a stock index fund?

Background: I'm a young 20-something, I won't be retiring for 40+ years, and the expense ratios for the funds offered in my company's 401(k) plan mostly suck. I understand that one of the reasons an ...
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How to invest in gold at market value, i.e. without paying a markup?

At 2013-03-24 - 11:30am, the value of gold in the UK per oz was 1056.7GBP. I can buy a 24 carat 1oz gold coin (999.9) for 1132GBP. I can sell that gold coin for 1010GBP. I am clearly doing ...
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How to see a portfolio's overall profit or loss on Yahoo Finance?

On Yahoo Finance, I created a sample portfolio and added a few stocks. Now when I go to the portfolio, it shows me the current price, how much up and down since the previous day, volume, etc. But ...
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What approaches are there for pricing a small business?

How do you know how much a small business is worth? If someone were to sell their bed and breakfast (for argument sake), how would they know how much it's worth? ... or more importantly, how would a ...
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What securities is Return of Capital applicable to?

I am trying to understand to which securities Return of Capital is applicable; I'm especially interested in stocks. From Wikipedia: Return of capital (ROC) refers to payments back to "capital ...
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Books about investing and finances [duplicate]

I'm a python developer and I'm pretty interested in trading. Are there good books on finances and investing for programmers? Or just for beginners? I have studied some economics in college, but not ...
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What is the difference between FINRA share volume and NASDAQ share volume?

What is the difference between FINRA share volume and NASDAQ share volume? Why does the daily list published by FINRA have considerably less volume then the volume data published by NASDAQ. For ...
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Why is the dominant investing advice for individuals to use mutual funds, exchanged traded funds (ETFs), etc

The dominant advice on this site (including that which I give to novices) regarding investing is to only invest in fund vehicles (mutual funds, ETFs, etc), rather than in individual stocks. Why is ...
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How to buy stock on the Toronto Stock Exchange?

I have an Ameritrade account and thought I was purchasing a stock that trades on the TSE. However, I was only able to buy a pink sheets stock. I'm not sure of the difference. Would it be possible ...
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How do I make a small investment in the stock market? What is the minimum investment required?

I am not rich, so I am talking one to two hundred U.S. dollars per month only. I would like to know whether I can buy stock using that little amount of money, and how to do that if possible? As an ...
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Where can I find all public companies' information?

Warren Buffett mentions that in his early days he used Moody's Manual, which centralized all public companies's information into a manual, to go through all companies and find interesting ones to ...
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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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Why is Dell currently trading above the buyout price?

Dell is going private at $13.65 per share, so why is it trading at $13.95 per share right now? Does anybody know when the buyout will actually go through? I can't seem to find that information ...
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How do I claim investment income that was earned in a jointly held account?

My spouse and I now have a jointly held investment account. I have received a T5 "Statement of Investment Income" for the account for the tax year, addressed to Mr James Foobar or Mrs Jenny Foobar. ...
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Investments other than CDs?

I have quite a lot of cash on hand, but I'm discouraged that I haven't been able to make my money work for me. I have no debt and live well within my means. I have an emergency fund in a savings ...
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What is the market rate of non-cash ISA fund administration fee in UK?

A friend of mine suggested a plan that takes a 1% administration fee (from the assets deposited) regardless of the type of investment you make (stock, bond etc.). This sounded quite high from my ...
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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?