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Interpreting mutual fund performance: “Earnings” vs. gains/losses?

I have a 401K at Vanguard through my company, and I was browsing the 'performance' of my fund. I found where it breaks down my transactions, gains/loss, earnings, and overall change. I'm guessing ...
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I carelessly invested in a stock on a spike near the peak price. How can I salvage my investment?

I carelessly invested on stock on a spike (I have been persuaded by a family member) and now my investment value is really low, as you can see below. Is there anyway to salvage my investment for ...
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How do NOLs (Net Operating Losses) affect an investment decision?

[A company trading on the NYSE for $1.85/share] just had a conference call... They have... cash equivalents of $2.27/share. They have more than $1/share in NOLs. NOL, I guess, is Net ...
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Rolled over husband's 401(k) to IRA after his death. Can I deduct a loss since?

When I rolled over my husband's 401(k) into an IRA after his death, the beginning balance was 100,000.00 and now the balance is around 10,000.00 If I sell the IRA, can I deduct the loss on my taxes?
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How do I take a loss on an IRA I converted to a Roth IRA?

Can I take a loss on conversion? If so, how do I do so (i.e. what U.S. tax form do I use)?
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Calculating loss for future money flows

I signed a contract w/ a company that would pay me various amounts of various dates (example: $200 on 5 Dec 2010, $150 on 12 Dec 2010, $750 on 23 Dec 2010, etc). They breached this contract, but I ...
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Should I wait to sell a stock (at a loss) that I have held for less than a year?

I currently hold some shares of a stock that I don't expect to regain much value. I bought this (at a higher price) about 8 months ago. My limited understanding of the way capital gains taxes work ...
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What are the most common types of financial scams to look out for, as an individual investor?

We've probably all heard of the Ponzi Scheme, made famous first by Charles Ponzi and most recently by Bernie Madoff: In March 2009, Madoff pleaded guilty to 11 felonies and admitted to turning ...
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How can I minimize losses on an upside down mortgage for a condo I no longer live in?

I have made a good faith effort to keep up my mortgage payments on a condo that I no longer live in since Oct 2005. In 2005 I had to move out of state for my job and I listed the property for about ...