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Withdraw funds with penalty or bear high management fees for 10 years?

I have a friend in the following situation: They worked with an investment manager to invest $300,000. The manager charges 1.5% of assets under management quarterly. The manager has invested all the ...
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Third party checks [on hold]

Is it illegal to take a check that is all ready signed by owner of check payed out to Jane doe, and add John does name stating Jane doe or John doe without the owner of the check adding the name, say ...
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College Funds, REITs, Retail's Downward Spiral [closed]

Should I be afraid of REIT Index Funds that include a heavy retail segment for 20yr investment? I'm looking at Vanguard's VNQ. Seems US retail and malls are experiencing a slow and steady ecommerce ...
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How are the best way to make and save money at 22 years old

I am currently 22 years old, I work as an insurance biller and make about 800-900 dollars every two weeks cash. I have no expenses because I still live with my parents but I'm trying to branch out on ...
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What's the understanding of acquisition costs in insurance? [closed]

Acquisition costs are defined as: Direct costs an insurer incurs to "acquire" the premium—for example, commissions paid to a broker or fronting company. These costs are required to be expensed ...
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How do gold sovereign coins compare to other gold investments? [UK]

I'm starting with the assumption that gold is sometimes useful for diversifying risk, responding to economic instability, or generally commodity trading. That stated, there are obviously different ...
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Types of investments with built-in puts or similar safety features

I recently learned of indexed universal life insurance. One of the features of this type of investment is that a portion of the funds are used for puts, so the investment rarely (never?) loses money ...
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Borrowing money for investment

What do you consider the best way to: Borrow money from private investors against a fixed interest rate Use it to trade, yielding a higher return than the interest rate Pay off the investors with ...
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Alternatives to Bank Accounts

I have both a savings and checking account with Wells Fargo and I'm just getting disappointed by the fact that I don't get hardly any interest. Is there somewhere else I could stick my money so that ...
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Is Network Marketing a good place to invest money compared to SIP?

A friend of mine join a network marketing organization by investing 10,000 because his girlfriend is in it. He introduced his handler/manager and he gave a speech about how easy it is to earn by only ...
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How to manage 20 residential apartments

My friend's father (Say, Mr. X) in India had invested in a piece of land long time back. Two years back, he sold that land to a real estate builder. The agreement of the deal was the following: "The ...
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Is buying a lottery ticket considered an investment? [closed]

Can one consider the act of participating in a lottery (by buying tickets) as a high-risk high-return investment? Note: I do not consider this question to be duplicate of this one: question about ...
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Why does the calculation for IRR use revenue, not profit?

As far as I understand, IRR is calculated by finding the discount rate where the NPV equals zero. What I don't understand is why the revenue (or cash inflows) is used in the calculation instead of ...
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Starting a restaurant in UAE and need a working capital. How can I transfer money from a person who stays in India

I had already invested 1.5 lakh dirhams in UAE for a restaurant and need more working capital. Unable to arrange funds in UAE. Some people are ready to fund me the capital which I need from India at a ...
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What to ask Warren Buffet at the Berkshire Hathaway shareholder meeting? [closed]

I'm 16 years old, and I'm waking up at 4am tomorrow to hopefully be one of the first people in line to get into the Berkshire Hathaway meeting. If I get the chance to ask Warren a question, what ...
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What is the smallest amount worth investing in index funds?

Say I have just a few hundred dollars available which I want to invest long-term. I'm still saving money and putting it aside each paycheck, so if I wait 6 months I'll have a few hundred more to ...
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If some country joins EU will the house/land prices go up in more rate?

I read an article (not in English) that when e.g. Turkey joins EU the value of properties will dramatically increase, i.e. more than its current rate of increase of ~10-15% per year. How much this ...
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Looking for advice on my first investment [duplicate]

I am 32 years old and single, looking for some advice on what I can do with about $10k for my first investment. I currently just have it sitting in the bank and would prefer to use some type of ...
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Vanguard Hypothetical Growth and Dividends

I have a question on the two pictures below. Here it states that Vanguard REIT ETF has high potential for investment income and some growth. The dividend payments this year so far have been $0....
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Savings on taxes when selling rental property

I have rental property that I want to sell. The house was built in 1950; it needs major improvement that I am not able to afford. What's the best way to sell the house that would be cost effective for ...
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Getting retirement savings back on track after 30

I've largely ignored dealing with my finances in the past, mostly because I really, really hate dealing with them, and as a result have made some poor decisions. I've been making good money but I've ...
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Business Investment Loss from prior year

In 2011, I invested $30,000 into a restaurant. I was a passive investor. I wrote a personal check from my account to the business entity. A year later, the restaurant closed and all my money was ...
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When is it worth looking at charitable remainder trusts?

My alma mater, like many colleges and charities, offers the option for larger donations of setting up a charitable remainder trust. Basically, in exchange for your committing the donation while you're ...
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Does Investing in commodity helps to build home

I am from India. I have plan to build new own home next year. Now commodity price for metal (steel) is less than past years. Is it worth to buy steel from commodity now, then Is it possible to switch ...
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How does the Dominos DXP car benefit the company? [closed]

I was aware Dominos employees have to use their own cars for delivery. If Dominos starts using these new cars, how will the owners benefit if they have to purchase multiple of these cars?
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Should I worry too much about saving my 20% down before buying my first house?

I am not too sure when exactly am I going to be buying the house. I can safely say that it would be between 2-5 years. However, I have no idea on exactly when. It all depends on market conditions and ...
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Will a retirement account with more than $3,400 in it bar me from getting EITC?

EITC (earned income tax credit). Is a retirement account considered investment income by the IRS? The IRS considers these as investment income: Interest (both taxable and tax-exempt) Dividends ...
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What should I do financially if I suspect a housing bubble is arising and might soon burst?

Background In my country (Norway, though the same principles apply everywhere), there's a huge discrepancy between loans in terms of how much equity you need to put up when getting a housing mortgage....
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Consolidating TSPs: Military and Civilian

My wife has two TSPs, one from military service and one from her work as a civil servant. Now that she is no longer military or civil service, I understand we can roll one of these into the other. Is ...
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Will there be any complication at the time of withdrawal by opening Roth IRA as a non US citizen?

I am currently on a H1B visa. A senior colleague at my work recommended that I open a Roth IRA. I did some research and I like the idea of it, but I was unable to find answers to all of my questions. ...
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Where can I put savings for my kid that I literally cannot withdraw from?

I currently have a second savings account where I'm saving money for my child's future - most likely it will be used for their college and/or wedding. I've heard horror stories of parents stealing ...
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How is negative gearing a good thing?

In Australia investors buy investment properties that are negatively geared to save tax. A lot of articles on property investment say that one of the cons of having a positively geared property is you ...
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How to find an optimum linear combination of various investments?

Say an investor with 1 million dollars want to put his money on several investments. Say investment outcomes on those investments are $x_1, x_2, x_3, x_4, ... x_n$ The investor need to put w1 on x1, ...
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What's the folly with this stock selection strategy

I am very leery of investing in Stocks over here. I have tested some other Asian markets and gotten some returns. Rather than have my money depreciate (less interest than Current Inflation ), I'd ...
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What's the best way to deal with the market swings? [closed]

So I've been trading for a while. Having said that, the current bear markets are driving me to get some "deals". I think I bought some investments for a decent price. Having said that, I can't go ...
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Extended family investment or pay debt and save

I'm 25 and my wife is 24. My extended family is about to start a new investment fund, where every member basically contributes an amount between $50-$100 (amount per person) monthly. The purpose is to ...
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What is this type of risk-free investment called?

My mother told me that in 1994, she had $10K to put into a savings account or CD. She went to the local Citibank and didn't like the interest rates that they were offering on their savings/CD ...
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Calculating the Free Cash Flow (FCF)

I'm working on fundamental analysis on a public company, and am trying to calculate the Free Cash Flow for Facebook (FB) for the latest quarter - ending Sep 30, 2015, as shown below and would like to ...
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Are lottery tickets ever a wise investment provided the jackpot is large enough?

If the odds of winning a lottery jackpot are one in 292 million, and the jackpot prize is expected to be greater than than $1 billion, does this make a lottery ticket a wise investment? (source: http:/...
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What is it about company performance that causes the perceived value of its stock to rise? [duplicate]

Many stocks don't pay dividends, and it's not like a shareholder has any direct financial gain from increased company earnings. Plus, they can only benefit from earnings if the company goes bankrupt ...
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Fundamentals Look Great, What Now? [closed]

So after days of fundamental analysis on hunderds of stocks, I've narrowed it down to three that seem really good. Their margins are good, ratios are good, EPS and P/E are good, etc. What is the next ...
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What is the current substitute for the Value Line Composite Index?

I am trying to use the Value Line Composite Index for a project. Much to my dismay, I just found out that it was discontinued in 2013. Have there been other substitutes developed for this since then? ...
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How do you calculate return on investment for a share of stock?

How do you calculate the return on investment for a single share of stock? For example, what would be the return/value of a single Google share now, if bought in January 2015?
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Steps and timing of the SEIS investment (in the UK)

All, Assume that I am considering to invest £10K under the SEIS (Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme), on a UK startup in Jan 2016. In this case, can someone please advise the steps required and the tax ...
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Most effective Fundamental Analysis indicators for market entry

I am new to Fundamental Analysis. I purchased a few books on the subject which has proven valuable but time consuming. I was wondering if anyone with more experience than myself can recommend the ...
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Has NAB CEO taken up his entitlements of new shares early this year?

Does anyone know whether the NAB CEO Andrew Thorburn has taken up all his entitlements for the new shares (i.e., increasing the amount of NAB shares he owns) during the capital raising early this year?...
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Why is property investment good if properties de-valuate over time?

So I was reading that investing in property is a safe and solid investment (but low on return). This is based on how the prices rise e.g. a property price in the 1980's vs 1990's vs 2000's vs 2015. To ...
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Tax deduct rental property expenses in future

I'm an australian doing postgrad in australia, and my current government awarded income is tax-exempted. I would like to know if in a couple of years when I start working, I can tax-deduct the ...
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How can Cost Basis be greater than the Amount Invested?

A friend owns a mutual fund, Capital World Bond Fund CL A. He has owned it for a fairly long time, but does not know how long. It might have originally been with a different brokerage about a decade ...
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Making money through CFD

If I don't own the stock I am investing in, like in a CFD, then how do I make money? Where does the money I am investing go to, and where does the money I make come from? And what happens to the ...