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Family offices for the middle class [on hold]

With the new technologies reducing costs of financial transactions, which web services offer things similar to what high-net-worth individuals get at family offices? What I mean: The ...
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Brainstorming: Homebrew “credit” card?

In response to another question (about how to make credit cards pay interest on any positive balance), I came up with an odd combination: Get an account with both a debit card and a linked ...
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Do the rewards of custom contract size in OTC derivatives justify the counterparty risk?

If I decide to trade OTC derivatives, I take on counterparty risk. Since the transaction is not overseen by a clearing house/firm, I accept the risk that the counterparty may not honour the ...
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Managing risk: financial risk due to future health problems as a dollar amount

I am analyzing my long-term saving goals against the overall strategy of reducing my risk in various areas. One of the areas of risk I want to reduce is that of financial woes due to future health ...
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Does anyone know where I can find a free efficient frontier tool, or an informative and legitamate/academic graph of the efficient frontier?

I'd like to build a portfolio based upon modern portfolio theory and I'd like to find a tool I can use to calculate the proper mix of asset classes. Can anyone help with this? I think a good ...
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Is this trick enough to totally prevent bankrupcy in a case of a crash?

I have a trading scheme that is very profitable but is also really dangerous because it opens a lot of trades at the same time with high leverage and else. So the trick is to open only short (sell) ...
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How is the Efficient Frontier drawn?

I know efficient frontier is the collection of expected return on a portfolio and the level of risk(e.g. standard deviation). What I don't understand is that is the efficient frontier really drawn ...
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Forward Contract Extension

I was reading this article Below is a small snippet from the article. I'm wondering how Barrick gold could extend the hedge at its own option. How would this be executed and how do they have this ...
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When to liquidate mutual funds for a home downpayment

I have about $18k in mutual fund assets that I am planning to use for a down payment on a home within the next 1-2 years. Combined cost basis for the assets in question is +$2,800. Right now the asset ...
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Does long term asset growth really converge to that derived from compound interest formula?

Many websites/experts claim that the longer you hold your assets, the likelier your asset's return is closer to that predicted by the compound interest formula. However, some other experts claim ...
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What is the theory behind Rick Van Ness's risk calculation in the video about diversification?

In the video, Rick Van Ness states the following scenario: Stock A has a 7% return with +/- 1% risk Stock B has a 3.5% return with +/- 0.5% risk Stock A and B are perfectly negatively correlated. ...
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Is there an advantage to international stock diversfication?

I'd like to reduce my risk of investing solely in the U.S. stock market compared to the rest of the world. However, my concern is that perhaps the U.S. stock market already has such international ...
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Forex vs day trading for beginner investor

In essence, for a person that has not had any real experience with either (except for playing around in simulators like investopedia): which one would an individual have the most potential to ...
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Can the risk of investing in an asset be different for different investors?

If 2 people invest the same amount in the same asset at the same time, will their risk be different if they use different risk management strategies? Say Inventors A and B both buy 1000 shares in ...
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Is socialtrend.com or/and feelthetrend.com legitimate?

I'm not particularly literate about finance and market. One of my friend invited me in a 1-hour meeting about this Social Trend marketing of TheTrendSocial.com. Apparently buying one of their "kit" ...
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How to LAY/SHORT SELL multiple mutually exclusive outcomes in sequential events?

(n.b. Still not sure if this is the right place, but it was suggested by @SRKX) How would I calculate the percentage of my wealth to invest when LAYING/SHORT SELLING multiple mutually exclusive ...
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What proactive measures can be taken before or when a lender closes your credit card?

A blogger and contributor here recommended Digital Federal Credit Union (DCU) as a possible lender in my search for cash secured credit cards to establish my credit history, and I got approved for one ...
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What's the role of commodities in a IRA portfolio?

People keep talking about percentage of stocks vs bonds to manage risk when building a personal investment portfolio. What's the role that commodities have in managing risk when building an IRA ...
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Is there extra risk in owning an ADR vs. the underlying stock?

One of my favorite on-again-off-again recovery plays is Mittal Steel (NYSE: MT). I buy the MT ADR there (American Depositary Receipt) because I live in the US. Am I exposing myself to any extra risk ...
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For a mortgage down-payment, what percentage is sensible?

In Australia, even after the global financial crisis, it's still common to only have 5-10% and some people even use other assets as collateral to borrow all 100%. I hear historically this has not been ...
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Understanding Interest Rate Risk: What is it, and what techniques do I use to minimize it?

I'm looking to develop a fixed-income account of bonds and dividend-paying equities. I've heard that bonds are susceptible to interest rate risk, but I don't really understand what that means. What ...
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What should I do with the stock from my Employee Stock Purchase Plan?

I've got an employee stock purchase plan program. The details are a little tricksy, but I basically get to buy about 2500 shares of company stock at something like $2.33/share... and the stock has ...