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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 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 ...
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ROI on Forex Trading

I have lately been reading up on what Forex Trading is and how it works. In many sources, it is described that a consistent investor can generate 15% return annually. My question is, what is this ...
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How can I figure out how much to bid on a parking space?

A nearby condo building is auctioning off 65 parking spaces within the building with no minimum bid. The condo is in the middle of the business district in my city. I'm interested in investing in one ...
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What is the “rule of 70” or “rule of 72” with regards to investment, and how do I apply it?

What is the "rule of 72" (sometimes called the "rule of 70") with regards to investment, and how do I apply it?
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I'm a programmer and need a formula for calculating overal ROI [duplicate]

I'm programming a web app to track my hedge fund performance. I'd like to find my overall ROI for all time. If I had a beginning balance and my current balance then finding the ROI is easy. For ...
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Yield of a municipal bond with a sinking fund?

How do I calculate my expected return if I buy a municipal bond at a premium with a sinking fund feature? For example, I'm looking at a bond with a coupon of 5.5%, maturing July 2015, with the ...
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Are the guaranteed returns of regulated utilities really what they sound like?

In the last few days I've stumbled upon two-year-old editorials like this one and this one stating "as a regulated utility, publicly traded [PG&E] shareholders benefit from a guaranteed 11.35 ...
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How can I determine if my rate of return is “good” for the market I am in?

I am considering a small investment to get started with. What percent rate of return is considered to be good return on investments made in a stock market? I read somewhere that 25-30% is considered ...
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Help me understand the oddity of percentage gains and losses?

If you start with $100K, and you get a 50% gain, it's $150K. Then, you get a 50% loss: now it's $75K. Reverse the order (i.e. lose 50%, gain 50%), it's the same thing (a 25% loss). So, 50% up then ...
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How do I account for newly added money when computing my rate of return?

I have a simple spreadsheet where I track the balance in my investment account. What should I do to handle new deposits in the account? For example: End of Day 1: balance = $100 End of Day 2: ...
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Is it possible to estimate individual rate of inflation for a person as against the avg inflation rate for that country?

Even though normally we all use a specified inflation rate per country for financial calculations (i.e real returns, salary increases, etc..) isn't it possible for the inflation rate to have different ...
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How to quantify differences in return with low expense ratio vs high expense ratio mutual funds?

One often repeated piece of financial advice is to work to minimize your expense ratios in your mutual funds in order to maximize your returns. While it is often straightforward to determine the ...
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How to determine desired/required value with “value averaging”?

As opposed to dollar cost averaging (DCA), value averaging (as described in this eHow article) is a technique where the investor determines the value the investment should have after a given time ...
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What is a decent rate of return for investing in the markets?

This article indicates that the average rate of return for stocks is 4% after inflation, fees, and taxes (called "net-net-net" in the article). In the article several investment professionals are ...
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How to calculate the rate of return on selling a stock?

How to calculate the rate of return on selling a stock?