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What's the best online tool that can track my entire portfolio including gains/losses?

My broker does a great job of keeping my positions current but has really bad views/reports while other sites do a great job of tracking gains/loss and other reports but they don't keep track of ...
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Is an offshore investment corporation a better tax deferral arrangement than a 401k?

I would like to consider the tax deferral provisions afforded to US Citizens. If my corporation formed in a jurisdiction outside of the United States and held US Treasury Bonds (for example) gaining ...
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How many 5-year extensions are allowed on a PPF account?

Once your PPF account completes 15 years, I understand it gets extended for 5-year terms. Is there a limit on the number of such extensions?
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What are investment options for young married couple with no debt that have maxed out retirement savings?

Currently my wife and I are both working with decent salaries. We currently max our our 401k and we max out contributions to our Roth IRA. We are pretty set in terms of saving for retirement. The ...
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Extra Investment - Small monthly payment, RRSP vs Mortgage vs Mutual fund

I'm planning to invest/save some extra money on a monthly basis probably around $100-200 or so. I'm not sure where I should put it from the following options RRSP (probably open a TD e-series ...
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Return vs. Risk Graphing web site alternatives to RiskGrades, which is closing?

Risk Grades' free website (riskgrades.com) is closing 6-30-11. Do you know of a similar site that allows the user to enter several ticker symbols (funds or stocks) and obtain a graph showing relative ...
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Where should I park my money if I'm pessimistic about the economy and I think there will be high inflation?

I'm in Australia. My prediction is the economy isn't going to fair very well. I also think that the property market is going to drop. I also think there will be high inflation to come. I can explain ...
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Should I pay my Education Loan or Put it in the Stock Market?

I currently have a Student loan at a 2.47% interest rate, I owe most of my home mortgage and have a minimal amount invested in the stock market (not counting retirement). I have some money that can ...
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How much power does a CEO have over a public company?

I want to invest in a public company and I want to know: Exactly how much power does the CEO has over what the public company does? Can a CEO control a public company even though he doesn't own a ...
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What is an “International Equity”?

I'm an investment newbie, and I'm trying to understand the terminology. On the website for a certain investment firm, the main types of assets are: Large Cap Equity Small Cap Equity International ...
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While building a retirement portfolio, should the concentration be more on increasing net worth or cash flow?

Most of the articles/blogs/websites on retirement savings concentrate on adding more savings and investments to increase the net worth of an individual. But a higher net worth doesn't imply that a ...
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What is “beta” for an investment or a portfolio, and how do I use it?

Recently my financial adviser has been talking about my portfolio's "beta". I have also seen beta listed for some investments (for example: http://www.google.com/finance?q=goog). What is "beta" and ...
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What assets would be valuable in a post-apocalyptic scenario?

In spite of the tendency for people to think of gold and diamonds as an emergency store of value for a shit-hits-the-fan scenario, I have a hard time understanding how owning physical gold would ...
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How can I make money if I believe that interest rates will go up, other than by investing in real-estate or taking out a low-interest loan?

How can I make money on the conviction that interest rates will rise other than: Buying real-estate Taking out a cheap loan and lending at a higher rate in the future
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Tax implications of buying the vacant lot next door?

I live in Green Bay, WI in a newer development. We built our house 2 years ago and houses are starting to go up around here. We want to buy the vacant lot next to us so we don't get any neighbors. ...
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Are stock index fund likely to keep being a reliable long-term investment option?

As I understand it, stocked-based index fund have been a reliable long term investment option in the last X years. Specifically, during "most" 10-year intervals in the examined history, the yield on ...
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Is there an online cost-basis calculator that automatically accounts for dividend re-investments and splits?

I recently sold stocks which I have been holding a long time. I don't have complete records. I do know that on a certain date, I had so many shares in an automatic re-investment program. Is there ...
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How to transfer personal earnings to a company

Say I work in the US and am using my personal earnings to bootstrap a small company. What is the proper way to transfer my personal wages into the company account? Do I just cut my company a check? ...
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Joint property ownership: 2 homeowners, but only 1 lives in the home. How to fairly split mortgage payments?

If 2 people decide to invest in a house, but only 1 of them wants to live in the house, should the interest only monthly mortgage payments be: split 50/50, the person living there pays 100% the ...
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Is it a good investment for a foreigner to purchase a flat/apartment in China?

Is it a good investment for a foreigner to purchase a flat/apartment in China? Why, or why not?
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What should I be aware of as a young investor?

I'm 19 years old and am keen on investing in blue-chip companies. What should I take note of?
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PPF / NSC inquiry eligibility

I have a 2 year old daughter, US citizen by birth. Can we invest in her name in PPF (Public Provident Fund) or NSC (National Savings Certificate) ? Both parents are Indian nationals.
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What is most time-efficient way to track portfolio asset allocation?

I've recently decided I wanted to track my investments over time so that I could accurately determine really cool financial things like: My actual asset allocation My actual rate of return over time ...
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Effect of home country inflation vs. resident country inflation on immigrant's assets?

Let's assume that there is an immigrant whose resident/host country is US which has low inflation while his home country has high inflation. The immigrant invests in his home country using his ...
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Why is a Vanguard fund based on U.S. treasury inflation-protected securities (TIPS) returning more than the rate of inflation?

VIPSX says it has returns of >= 5% over 5 years and almost 9% in the last year. It appears to be based on U.S. inflation-protected securities. However, U.S. treasuries are returning near zero, and ...
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A good investment vehicle for saving for a mortgage down payment?

I've calculated that I will be able to save approximately enough for a 20-25% down payment on a home (at my back-end-ratio affordability level) in the next 2-3 years. I'm maxing out contributions to ...
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Has anyone invested with Privatiers? Is it legitimate?

Looking for offshore online investments, I stumbled upon Privatiers. It seems to be a Swiss asset management firm. What I would like to know is if it is legit? Does someone have any experience with ...
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Can a bunch of wealthy people force Facebook to go public?

Over at Dealbook, Sorkin writes in reference to Facebook: Once more than 500 individuals or institutions own shares in Facebook, securities laws mandate that the company go public. Google staged ...
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Are money market instrument and short-term debt same?

I am learning some basic concepts in investment. Here is my questions: Are money market instruments and debt (short-term) same? From the two links I provided, they look almost the same to me, ...
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Any Experience with the Gone Fishin' Portfolio?

In doing research on How to Select IRA Investments, I stumbled across the Gone Fishin' Portfolio. This link where I found out about the portfolio claims that it is based on the 1990 economics Nobel ...
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What are useful indexes for rapid evaluation of country investment risk?

The World Economic Forum released their Global Competitiveness Report yesterday and it offers a comprehensive view of individual country risk/reward. There has been an explosion of these types of ...
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Tracking Gold and Silver (or any other commodity investment) in Quicken 2010?

I am an avid Quicken user, and I have pretty much every account, investment, liability, and asset tracked in it. I recently started purchasing gold and silver as an alternative, "backup" investment, ...
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Investment strategies for young adults with entrepreneurial leanings?

I just graduated with my Masters and I'm working at my first job (in the US). Luckily enough, I don't have much in terms of student loans (primarily because my undergrad was completed in India). As ...
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What's a good way to find someone locally to help me with my investments?

I inherited a stock portfolio from my grandparents, and it has been sitting at the investment house where it was when I got it. I want to move this portfolio somewhere where the fees are lower and ...
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What is the best asset allocation for a retirement portfolio, and why?

Based on financial conversations I've had with trusted family members, I believe that asset allocation is one of the more critical things to "get right" during retirement savings. Based on an ...
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Is home renovation ever a good investment?

For years I was under the impression that renovating a home was an investment. However, when I look up return on investment for typical home renovation projects, it appears that even the most ...
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Which investment option provides the best income tax benefit? [Canada]

If I have $100 to invest and I have the ability to choose from the following: GIC at 3% interest Shares that I might later sell at $105 Shares that pay a dividend of $3 Assuming that the period is ...
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Can you calculate the ROI on your credit score?

I've heard it said from people who work in the industry that your credit rating isn't a measure of your ability to pay, but rather a measure of how profitable a customer you are. I've also heard ...
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Is there anything material I might own (aside from a house) that would increase in value?

Say, for instance, diamonds, or gold? Watches?
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What is my % return on investment for various home renovations upon resale of my house?

For instance, I've heard that there is a minimum 75% return-on-investment ("ROI") on bathroom and kitchen renovations - is that an accurate figure? What about the other rooms in my home? Are there ...