Discussions about different investment strategies, and their different outcomes.

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Does it make sense to buy an index ETF (e.g. S&P 500) when the index is at an all-time high?

I have some money I intend to invest over the next 3-4 years. An important chunk of my portfolio would be invested in a stock market index ETF such as one representing the S&P 500. Unfortunately, ...
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Does dollar cost averaging really work?

Does dollar cost averaging really work? If I have money available now, why shouldn't I invest it all at once? If the market's going up, wouldn't that be better?
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How to rescue my money from negative interest?

My bank has announced negative interest rates starting Q1 2016. I have CHF 250'000 in that savings account (Swiss Francs). Now, pretty much all other banks will probably follow suit soon, if they ...
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What are the primary investment strategies people use and why do they use them?

When I first started studying investing the literature I was reading pointed me towards something called technical analysis. As I started asking questions about this trying to determine exactly what ...
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Can someone explain the different kinds of annuities?

So in my retirement and personal investing I have some stocks (very little), a Roth IRA, a Roth 401K and a Traditional 401K (later two are from work and I split things right now). At my age and ...
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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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When is the best time to put a large amount of assets in the stock market?

I'm interested in timing with regards to long-term index investing. Based on the advice of The Investor's Manifesto and others (John Bogle, William Bernstein) they stress how big a difference ...
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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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Dollar cost averaging an expensive asset

Suppose I want to invest $1000 every month in asset X, in order to implement a dollar cost averaging strategy. The idea here is that when X is cheap, I will end up buying more shares with my $1000, ...
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Is compounding interest on investments a myth?

I continually see examples encouraging young people to start investing for retirement with graphic examples using compounding interest to show that starting early pays off big. I've always bought into ...