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401k tax advantage vs lower fees in taxable account

Is there a formula or rule of thumb to help determine when it's better to put money in a 401k, 403b etc. or a regular taxable account assuming similar investments and returns (for example the same ...
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Why hedge when one can simply reduce the position size?

Often, I would read about traders/investors hedging their position in case things do not go their way. I find this strange. If one were unsure, then wouldn't it be better to simply reduce the position ...
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Why are options created?

At the moment I have to juggle with basics of FX OPTIONS. As for every other financial instrument that we use today, those have been invented as an answer to a question/bottleneck/problem one might ...
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What does the business term 'blue sky laws' mean? [closed]

I often hear 'blue sky laws' in reference to startup or early level businesses. What does it mean?
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Is a “total stock market” index fund diverse enough alone?

I'm just getting into investing (currently small amounts, to increase dramatically when I finish off my moderate interest student loans). From what I've read, index funds are the way to go, and I like ...
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Can I invest in local businesses and infrastructure?

Is it possible to invest in such things like: A small "mom-and-pop" store A hospital A utility company A credit union etc. or infrastructure projects such as: Building new water or power lines ...
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Questrade - What happens if I buy U.S. stock with Canadian money?

Recently, I heard that when you buy U.S. stocks with Canadian money in a Questrade account, they actually make a loan of the U.S. dollar amount you bought even if you have enough money to do the ...
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Do retail traders get any advantage from learning methods of mathematical of finance?

There are many mathematical tools that are used in analyzing the stock market, including things like path integrals and statistical mechanics . Does the application of these tools in financial ...
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Choosing a vehicle to invest a kid's money on their behalf (college, etc.)?

This is a variation on Strategies for putting away money for a child's future (college, etc.)? My question regards money gifted to a kid (by a family member in this case). What should I ...
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I've got $100K to invest over the next 2 to 7 years. What are some good options?

I have ~$100K in cash right now that I need to put somewhere. I plan on using the money for a down payment on a home sometime in the next 2 to 7 years (if I were a betting man, I'd say in 3.5 years). ...
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How can net profit be positive when expected payoff is negative?

I was reviewing someone's trade history in FxPrimus and came across this (main currency USD): What strikes me as odd is that even though gross profit is $0, gross loss is $3649, and expected ...
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What considerations are there for making investments on behalf of a friend?

I've thought of two approaches so far: Pool their money into my own brokerage account and simply split the gains/losses proportional to the amount of money that we've each contributed to the ...
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Is there an online service that provides public company information through a public API?

I want to write an application to gather financial information of public companies and bonds for my own research. Is there any place online that I can do this that has a public API?
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Where can I buy bonds and other securities other than stocks?

I keep hearing that I can only buy bonds and other securities such as Treasury Bills from a broker...the thing is, I don't want to pay a broker (yet). I know I can buy stocks online through a trader ...
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Are there any tax concerns with small periodic vs larger less frequent contributions?

Haven't had to worry about this much with tax my tax advantaged accounts. But I have started up a mutual fund with Vanguard, and I was curious if there are any tax related concerns with investing a ...
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What should I consider before buying a condo under construction, for flipping at a profit?

I am planning on buying a second condo, with the hope of selling it for a profit as soon as the construction is finished (i.e. flipping it). My questions are: What significant risks are there in ...
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What is an “at close order” in the stock market?

Can you describe what an "at close order" stands for? In what strategy could it be used?
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Is it bad practice to invest in stocks that fluctuate by single points throughout the day?

It seems like a no-brainer to me: Find a cheap stock with a good name (Dell, FB, Sony) that fluctuates by a few dollars per day (between -$2 and +$2), and is consistent in the fluctuation throughout ...
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What do the terms par value, purchase price, call price, call date, and coupon rate mean in the context of bonds?

I am having a hard time understanding municipal bonds. What is the par value vs. purchase price? What is the call date? What is the call price? The coupon rate is just the interest paid out to you ...
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Where can I find recent information about which major shareholders changed their positions in a given stock?

Where can I find recent information about which major shareholders changed their positions in a given stock? I know that I can find information on Yahoo Finance but Yahoo yahoo isn't quick at updating ...
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As a beginner investor, should I start investing with mutual funds through my bank, or with an online broker?

I would like to give my first try in investing. So far, I found many useful materials to start with on the forum, so now I need some practice. For me there are two options to start investing. ...
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How do I find the value of British Energy Nuclear Power Notes?

I purchased British Energy shares when the company was floated on the stock exchange back in the late 90's. Now, many years on, I have ended up with Nuclear Power notes. I receive a quarterly ...
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How does a preferred share “Annual Concurrent Retraction Privilege” work?

I just received a Corporate Action Notice from my stock broker, saying that the company is offering an Annual Concurrent Retraction Privilege. It gives me three options: Cash (consent to resale of ...
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Does an industry 'standard' have any affect on when a stock might split?

I've been following Tesla for a bit and as of today it is at about 120 dollars a share. This isn't exceedingly high in general for the stock market. But it IS high for its industry. Ford is at about ...
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OTC Markets, Time, and Trading

Details: USA Investor, brokerage switched hands With a past brokerage firm of mine, I purchased shares of RWE AG (a German energy company) and they purchased the shares through the OTC markets (see ...
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What's the easiest/best way to be informed of a Director selling shares of a company on London's AIM market?

I was wondering whether anyone had anything set up whereby it would 'push' information about Director's dealings on any particular company, in this case a company on London AIM market. Is there a ...
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What factors you have do you count on to speculate effectively?

What are the factors that you consider if you want to make a thoughtful speculation decision (as thoughtful as being a speculator lets you be)? I can only count these: Market trends Patterns on the ...
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How can one relatively easily show that low expense ratio funds outperform high expense ratio funds?

Almost everybody these days says that passively managed, low expense ratio funds outperform actively managed, high expense ratio funds. I believe it, and have been investing accordingly, but I would ...
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Are there fees or penalties for holding less than $10K in a Vanguard Admiral Shares fund?

I currently have a large sum of cash in a "Rewards Account" at my credit union. The interest rate is at 2.75%. It seems to drop every year. It started out at over 4%. Basically, I am looking to find a ...
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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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Can you buy out a pink sheet listed company by purchasing all of the oustanding shares?

If you buy out all the outstanding shares of a pink sheet listed company, do you control the company (much like when an NYSE-listed stock is bought out)?
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Are mutual funds a good choice for a medium to low risk investment with a two year horizon?

I have a two year investment horizon, and I will make regular monthly contributions. I prefer investment options with medium to low risk. Are mutual funds a good choice for such a short investment ...
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How to start investing/thinking about money as a young person?

I have about 10k GBP in my bank, and I know for most of you that is not a huge amount. However, I will finish university soon and I would like to have in the back of my mind about how to start ...
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Sanity check on recommendations from a financial advisor

Recently my wife and I have decided that we make enough money to go see a financial advisor and see how we can be smarter with our money. The most important topic we discussed with the advisor was ...
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Capital Gains Tax - Does this apply only to the actual “gains” or to the entire amount of my sale?

If I buy 10 shares of stock at $10 each I have spent $100 in stocks. If I later sell these within the same year, do I pay taxes only on the difference of the buy price and the sell price [with a ...
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Do transaction fees for mutual funds apply when purchasing additional shares?

My broker charges me a $19.99 transaction fee when purchasing some mutual funds. I believe that they will also charge this fee when selling shares in the fund. What is not clear to me, is if they ...
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Is business the only way to become a millionaire?

Is starting my own business venture or investing in someone else's business , the only way to get rich ? I am not looking to become rich quick. I am in no hurry. What are the other options available ? ...
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Why would I want a diversified portfolio, versus throwing my investments into an index fund?

Index funds are well-known to give the best long-term investment. However, most financial planners recommend having a diversified portfolio, including components such as bonds and foreign markets. I ...
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When purchasing an IRA, should I contribute to a previously-opened one, or open a new one?

In general - all things being equal with regards to fund availabilities, fees, etc - is it better to add funds to an existing IRA each year, or open new ones? Are there different tax benefits to ...
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How are brokerage accounts protected from theft, computer glitches and fraud?

I'm thinking about investing in stocks, but I'm worried about losing my investments for reasons unrelated to changes in the market. I know that brokerage accounts are not FDIC-insured. What if a ...
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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 ...