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Does investing more money into stocks increase chances of profit?

Assume someone wanted to invest in stocks for the sole purpose of profiting as soon as possible. Given the risky nature of stocks, would investing bigger amounts of money increase the chances of more ...
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When I calculate “internal rate of return (IRR)”, should I include cash balance?

When investing in the stock market, some methods need a cash balance in the broker's account. For example, a new investor has $20,000 to invest. She buys stock worth $10,000. The remaining $10,000 is ...
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Should I be disappointed with my investment returns?

I put $46,000 in an IRA 10 years ago. I have never made any additional deposits. The value is now $58,000. I feel it should be worth more. All of it is in mutual funds.
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rate of return between two currencies [closed]

Why can the rate of return between two currencies be different? Also, what is the relationship of the realized return in domestic currency and the direction of the movement in the foreign currency?
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Accepting high volatility for high long-term returns

According to modern portfolio theory investors can pick a trade-off between expected returns and volatility along a certain curve. If someone is investing for the very long term (decades until ...
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UK funds charges and how often interest is credited

I have two questions regarding funds in the UK. When I read a return p.a. of a fund in the UK from a website such as trustnet.com, do I have to calculate the return minus ongoing charges (OC) to ...
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How to compute real return including expense ratio

I am currently hesitating between 2 similar International Index Fund, FSIVX and FIENX. FSIVX have an expense ratio of 0.12% while FIENX have 0.63%. I can try to compare them side by side on google ...
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401k compound interest vs other compound interest

Whenever I see the presentations or documents imploring me to invest in 401k and retirement, it always shows a nice graph showing a 7% compound interest and how less money saved earlier in your 20s ...
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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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difference in cagr and irr

I am trying to understand the IRR, XIRR and CAGR functions better. See the link below for my examples. I am looking at a very simple example of 20K invested and 50K returned at the end of an ...
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Calculate APY revolving loan with offset/staggered payment schedule?

I want to buy a weekly meal ticket, 7 lunches for $7, but do not have $7 today. Lender says, "I will loan you a consecutive series of 5 meal tickets for 5 consecutive weeks (35 consecutive lunches as ...
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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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Understanding the personalized Rate of Return

In my 403k web site, I saw that my personalized rate of return as 4.25%. To understand it, I clicked the question mark. Your personalized rate of return (PRR) represents the specific ...
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Using Index Returns in Retirement Investment Planning

In retirement planning one of the inputs to a forecast is an assumption about return on investments... and there are a number of rules of thumb thrown around. 6%, 8%, something that goes from higher ...
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How can “fund performance” and “unit values” go in opposite directions?

I have a "variable annuity" with Lincoln. They have a "historic unit values" page that says fund X increased 40% since the end of last year, to yesterday. And that fund Y increased 23%. But they ...
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How to calculate mutual fund return

How do you calculate the annual return of a mutual fund? I understand roughly how mutual funds work, and I'm trying to decide which mutual funds to invest in, but to prove to myself that I understand ...
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Why compare asset performance using returns, instead of using change factors?

Why do investors compare the returns of assets as opposed to the change factors of assets? E.g. comparing 6% / 4% instead of 106% / 104% to get the comparative performance of two assets. AFAIK ...
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Why adjust for inflation annually, as opposed to realising it after the holding period?

Why do investors offset their annual returns against inflation, when inflation isn't realised until the end of the holding period (when the investor is actually spending the money)? An example: ...
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What numbers to look for investment returns

I'm exploring the field of investments and would like to know roughly what numbers and estimates have to be looked at for a company that is going to become public soon. For instance, if I buy 10% of ...
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Calculate rate of return

If I sell my bond at $982, then reinvest it with market rate of 12% Coupon is $100, face value is 1000, what would be my rate of return my 2nd year? Yield to maturity is 2 years. I've calculated my ...
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What return are you getting on your money from paying down a mortgage on a rental property?

If you bought a $200,000 rental home with 20% down, what is the return on investment you're earning over the full 30 year period from paying down the loan using the rental income? We will assume the ...
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How do you calculate the annualised return of your portfolio from the annualised returns of each of your funds?

I've invested in a number of mutual funds, and I've calculated the annualised return of each of them, using a spreadsheet (and the xirr function). I want to calculate the annualised return of the ...
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Calculating Simple Portfolio Returns with Rebalancing or Adding/Removing Securities

Given a set of portfolio weights, w, and historical security prices, I am looking to calculate a simple portfolio return via: where R is the simple return for a given security from time t to t+1: ...
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Excel formula for calculating interest rate of earning

On January 1st I invest 1238. I do this every January 1st for 20 years. At the end of 20 years (So December 31st of the 20th year), I have 32880 in the account. What's my rate of interest? By playing ...
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Can you have a positive return with a balance below cost basis?

I use Fidelity for an investment. Their website says I have a cost basis of $5000.00 invested in FUSVX. Now the balance of this mutual fund (which I believe is simply market value at closing from ...
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Cumulative Return between two dates

I have a table that carries data with cumulative return of some instrument. Data is described with start date, end date and cumulative return for date range (start-end): Start Date|End Date ...
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Looking for an ROI formula, brain is broken today

This is honestly a pretty simple problem, but for whatever reason I am not able to pull it all together. I was talking theoretically with a friend and neither of us can nail down the math so I coming ...
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Calculating return on a series of stock positions with multiple uneven transactions

How can I calculate the return on a series of stock positions with multiple uneven transactions that I can compare to the equivalent buy and hold return over the same period? Random Example: Starting ...
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Converting annual interbank rates into monthly rates

I have a time series of the three month interbank rate each month. I suppose that the rate is give annually. I need these interbank rates to be on a monthly basis because I want to us these rate as a ...
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How is the return rate on index funds calculated?

For example, i was viewing this mid-cap index fund: http://www.bloomberg.com/quote/VMGRX:US It says the annual return is 16.41%. How is that calculated? The index has not risen enough in price over ...
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Is this Employee Stock Purchase Plan worth it when adding my student loan into the equation?

Here are the details of my company's Employee Stock Purchase Plan: An automatic 5% purchase discount off the fair market value of the stock. Payroll deductions start on July 1st. The stock purchase ...
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What evidence or research suggests that mid- or small-capitalization stocks should perform better than large caps?

I'm 26. In my 401k I have always allocated a greater percentage of my portfolio into mid cap funds because they seem to be riskier and have a higher upside. Yet, as of the past year or so, the large ...
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How to Calculate Annual Return of A Fund When Contribution is Irregular?

I am struggling to calculate the annual return rate for this investment. Initial Investment on 20-May-2010 $2500 Regular contribution of $250 from 12-July-2010 to 10-10-2013. Total units ...
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A calculator that takes into account portfolio rebalancing?

I'm looking for a calculator that takes into account rebalancing when estimating total returns using historical data. For example, I'd input the following into the calculator: I have an initial ...
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What type of best bank account to store your savings in?

My wife has saved up quite a bit from a job that she had. We put the money into a BoA savings account, but the returns are miserable. What sort of savings account would you recommend to put these ...
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How to incorporate dividends while calculating annual return of a Stock

When we say that the average annualized return of a stock XYZ over the last 5 yrs is 7%, how do we factor in dividends? For example, let us say, if XYZ was at 100$, and at the end of year 1, it was ...
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irr calculation on stock with dividends

I want to calculate IRR (internal rate of return) for stock purchases. Not sure if I am doing it right, hope some of you might confirm it. Lets say I bought stock JNJ in 2005, 20 shares for $50 each. ...
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What's best investment option? Mutual fund or Property [duplicate]

I had purchased a home year ago and given it on rent. The rent I'm getting is only 5% of total cost of home while stock fund industry (mutual fund) is paying 20% minumum (reports from my country here ...
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Comparing historical performance of different accounts

I have several different investment accounts, and I'm trying to compare the historical performance between them. Some of the accounts are easy: I have a couple of different accounts that are invested ...
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Incorrect XIRR value of installment loan? [closed]

Using a financial calculator I was able to determine the interest rate of an installment loan with principal of 14975, payments of 444.56 and 60 month term is .2557%. However, when I put the loan ...
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Is there any real purpose in purchasing bonds?

I am new to investing, for the most part, and I have learned a decent amount about how bonds work. What I wish to know more of is simple: Is there any real profit to it, and is it worth it? From the ...
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How is the annual ROI calculated in Peer-to-Peer Investing?

I am currently looking through the data file that is provided for export by the lending club, and I am a little confused on how you would go about calculating the ROI for an investment. Just as an ...
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What makes an effective and profitable trading system

What should I aim for to achieve an effective and profitable trading system? Should I aim to get as high a percentage of winning trades as possible (ie. 100% winning trades)? Also what percentage ...
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Huge return on investment, I feel like im doing the math wrong

From October 11, 2011 to January 24, 2014 CannaVEST Corp($CANV) went from $.05/share to $85.55/share (171,000% increase). Knowing this that means if I were to have invested $1000 at the low and sold ...
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Formula that predicts whether one is better off investing or paying down debt

This is more of a statistics/probability question but the implications for personal finance are obvious. Let's say you have extra cash (assume tax-advantaged space is already maxed out) and are ...
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How do I calculate yearly rate of return on my investments?

I have been investing since May 2013 and I wanted to calculate my average yearly rate of return. For example:- Date May - 2013 - Total investment made ($1200) January - ...
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How are the sub-periods derrived in TWRR Daily Valuation?

I've been looking at the TWRR Daily Valuation method and I'm trying to understand how to break the total performance period into sub-periods when there are irregular cash flows. As the article ...
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How can I determine if my portfolio's rate of return has been “good”, or not?

I've invested in stocks as a hobby for the last ten years, so I'm no expert on this. But if you have contributed about $7,000 over the past ten years (like putting in $200 here and there) and your ...
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How do top investors pull out 20% ROI?

I've been searching the ROI percentage of well known investors. Warren Buffet - (Berkshire Hathaway) 22% annual return from 1964-2005 George Soros - (Soros Fund Management) 30% annual return ...
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Investment Newbie - Options in India - For $10K - for 10 years

What are the investment options in India for a newbie like me. I would like to start with 500,000 INR. (5 lacs / roughly $10K). Its for a long term. I don't need this amount for 10 years. Low to ...