For questions relating to beginning investing. It should normally be used with other tags to clarify the area that it relates to.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

1
vote
1answer
75 views

Advice For an 18 Year Old [duplicate]

I just turned 18. I have a bank checking account and I'm thinking of starting a Roth IRA with some of the money I am earning this summer. I have a credit card linked to my parents account (I use this ...
4
votes
2answers
212 views

How would one follow the “smart money” when people use that term?

From time to time, articles talk about following the "smart money". My question is: What indicators or sectors do we look at that is considered the "smart money"? If everyone is following the smart ...
0
votes
0answers
17 views

Which operating margin metric includes stock's dividend payouts?

Using for example Google Financial's stock screener I am able to sort and filter with following margin metrics: Net profit margin Gross margin EBITD margin Operating margin Now could someone ...
5
votes
4answers
453 views

How should I begin investing real money as a student?

(Skip to the 3rd paragraph for the basics.) Alright, so for starters, I'm in high school. I'm 17 and have two jobs: one is for fun, basically, and the other is a job that I can live off of. I go to ...
5
votes
3answers
331 views

What is the smallest amount worth investing in index funds?

Say I have just a few hundred dollars available which I want to invest long-term. I'm still saving money and putting it aside each paycheck, so if I wait 6 months I'll have a few hundred more to ...
4
votes
4answers
170 views

Unmarried couple, should we open a joint investment account or separate accounts?

My partner and I are unmarried and will be remaining that way. We want to finally start an investment portfolio and taking advantage of things like IRAs etc. I will be managing the portfolio(s) for ...
2
votes
1answer
170 views

Home buying vs Investing

Note: I've read a few similar questions around the site but many are investment focused only and don't factor in housing questions. Right now, my husband and I are pulling in about $50k/year. My ...
0
votes
1answer
61 views

Looking for advice on my first investment [duplicate]

I am 32 years old and single, looking for some advice on what I can do with about $10k for my first investment. I currently just have it sitting in the bank and would prefer to use some type of ...
2
votes
1answer
110 views

Best book to learn about stock market and investing for an absolute beginner? [closed]

I'm looking for a book to read that will teach me about the stock market and investing (how to determine the health of a company and its stock, etc.)... starting from the bare basics. To give you an ...
3
votes
1answer
233 views

21 years old and saved up $20,000 from working. What should I do with it?

My main concern is making the $20,000 that I currently have saved, substantially grow. - I currently am able to put roughly $500 into my savings at a bi-weekly period due to my part time job. - I am ...
5
votes
3answers
311 views

Is investing exlusively in a small-cap index fund a wise investment?

I'm 26 live in the UK and do not own a home. I have a regular income of which I save about 33% off after tax and I've good job security. I'm single with no children. I've 60% of my savings in a P2P ...
9
votes
4answers
2k views

Can I buy stocks directly from a public company?

Is it possible to buy stock directly from a public company, bypassing a broker? It seems that discount brokers do nothing more than facilitate a trade and take a cut - I'd like to eliminate the ...
1
vote
2answers
195 views

Highstreet bank fund, custom ETF or Nutmeg?

I want to start investing a regular monthly amount to a fund, and by choosing a highstreet bank fund I'm wondering if I'm not making a mistake. Basically, the fund they are trying to sell has, in ...
2
votes
0answers
73 views

Where do i start to become a successful day trader? [closed]

Alright let's start by introducing myself: I am a 18 year old student that studies ICT but now i feel like i chose the wrong career path and i want something new in my life. I have always been ...
2
votes
1answer
141 views

Age 24, with $12k saved, in Canada. Should I invest or save for a condo down payment? [closed]

Not to finance-savvy. I am 24 years old with about $12k saved. Working full time. No debt. No investments. What should I be investing in at this age? I was thinking of saving about 20 percent down ...
5
votes
2answers
187 views

How to start investing for an immigrant?

All the below description is just to clarify my current situation. I am a 27 y.o. single male immigrant from the third world (in a process of applying for a green card) who works as a developer ...
3
votes
1answer
233 views

What is down -34% in stock terms?

Apple is now at 100.54, all time high is 134.54, #AAPL is now down -34%. I fail to comprehend the above sentence. The way I usually interpret it, say if a stock all time high is 100, it is down 30%, ...
1
vote
1answer
106 views

How can I compare the risk of different investing opportunities?

I have some money to invest and I consider different investing options. For instance I could: Let the money on a tax-free account 0.75% per year (the % can be changed by the state if inflation is ...
2
votes
3answers
530 views

Does girlfriend have too much savings, time to invest?

My girlfriend is quite frugal and has successfully maintained an emergency fund of about $15,000 with an "incidentals" account that sits around $3,000. She does not earn a lot of money, about $35,...
21
votes
10answers
3k views

Why is property investment good if properties de-valuate over time?

So I was reading that investing in property is a safe and solid investment (but low on return). This is based on how the prices rise e.g. a property price in the 1980's vs 1990's vs 2000's vs 2015. To ...
31
votes
4answers
4k views

Should I invest when in debt?

I have just consolidated my debt and am thinking where I want to be in the future. My payment plan is to be debt-free in three years. It is not an extremely aggressive plan; I still want to have a ...
4
votes
3answers
158 views

Should I replace bonds in a passive investment strategy

In a passive investment portfolio one usually has some sort of mix between stocks and bonds which are supposed to offset losses from each other. I've read that because of low interest rates persisting ...
3
votes
4answers
387 views

Basic questions about investing in stocks

I've had some questions regarding stocks that have been bothering me for a while. They are naive, but that is the whole point: to understand what they are and fix my misconceptions. What is a stock? ...
0
votes
1answer
85 views

Buying shares- Stocks & Shares ISA, or Fund & Share account?

While researching where to invest some capital (currently in fixed term savings, but will mature soon), someone I spoke to at my bank mentioned that given how low interest rates are on savings at the ...
7
votes
1answer
1k views

Turning 30 and making the right decision with my savings and purchasing home

I just turned 30, I have a job which paying me $100k in Los Angeles, I have zero debt, excellent credit score and $65k in my bank account. I am single and I am paying more than 30% in income tax (...
30
votes
15answers
9k views

Why invest for the long-term rather than buy and sell for quick, big gains?

Somewhat along the lines of this question. I've been putting mostly unmatched money into my 401(k) for a few years. I know that investing is generally seen as a long-term decision, but with volatile ...
1
vote
2answers
152 views

Investment in mutual fund in India for long term goals

I am first time planning to invest in mutual funds. My goal is long term investment. I am 32, married & from India. I would like to invest Rs 10K per month in SIP mode. On reading couple of ...
2
votes
3answers
629 views

Any Tips on How to Get the Highest Returns Within 4 Months by Investing in Stocks? [closed]

I recently signed up for an investing competition at my school. The competition grants each competitor $1,000,000.00 (of virtual money), where we will be able to buy/sell any stock listed on the AMEX, ...
3
votes
3answers
302 views

Effective returns on investment in housing vs other financial instruments

In One Up on Wall Street, Peter Lynch recommends housing as the best first investment: Because of leverage, if you buy a $100,000 house for 20 percent down and the value of the house increases ...
3
votes
5answers
197 views

What things are important to consider when investing in one's company stock?

I have been invited to invest a portion of my monthly wages in stocks for the company I work for (they'll match 30% of my investment). I'm interested in putting away some money for my family as I have ...
2
votes
1answer
86 views

How to mitigate the risks of buying a stake in a company

I work for a small Limited company in the UK that's owned 100% by the MD. I'm one of the management team so have some influence over the direction of the company, but no directorship or ownership ...
8
votes
4answers
594 views

As a young adult, what can I be doing with my excess income?

I am a 20 year old living in the UK. I've had a look at my monthly incomings/outgoing and have realised I have approx £400-600 (~$600-$900) to spare per month, and that at the minute I'm just ...
0
votes
3answers
405 views

Should I buy ~$2200 of a hot stock or invest elsewhere?

Right now I'm 23, decent job ($50k/yr), about $6k in the bank, and about $50k in debt (car loan, student loan, no credit card debt or other 'high interest' debt). I'm about to start putting roughly 8-...
6
votes
5answers
312 views

How to invest a $1000 in an index mutual fund?

My pre-teen daughter saved up a $1000 and I thought it might teach her how finances work if we invested it in a mutual fund. Specifically in an index fund like S&P 500 or some such. The problem ...
3
votes
2answers
87 views

What to do with monthly surpluses?

I live and work in México. Monthly, I have the half of my salary untouchable. I'm thinking on what is a good idea to invest with the surpluses. Is there anything that is recommended for this cases?
4
votes
4answers
347 views

What is good growth?

I want to start rolling rental income into the stock market more. I already max my company 401(k) so I don't mind something that isn't tax deferred. Up to this point I have been saving $5k and then ...
-5
votes
2answers
247 views

I'm 18. How to build good monthly income at my 20's?

I have 18 years , from a middle high class from Brazil. Finishing the high school this year, debt free with plans of studying and living overseas in the next years. I have access to about 20k dollars ...
3
votes
6answers
768 views

What should I do with my money?

I'm a final year University student with about 50k (AUD) in the bank earning interest at 2.8%. I have nearly finished my paid full time placement which is why I have a lot of money currently as I ...
3
votes
1answer
111 views

Best way to do savings in India?

I have started to earn a year ago. All my funds are currently in banks. Is there any better way save money than leaving it in a bank account?
2
votes
2answers
626 views

Why does a ETN that is supposed to track Crude Oil like UWTI show constant decline every year? And am I an idiot for investing in it?

UWTI, VelocityShares 3x Long Crude Oil ETN, which is supposed to track crude oil, shows a year over year negative return whether oil skyrockets or not. I thought it would be good investment with oil ...
3
votes
2answers
445 views

Vanguard S&P 500 Mutual Fund has an average of 10% annual gain for any given period of 20 consecutive years?

Is it true that Vanguard S&P 500 Mutual Fund has an average of 10% annual gain for any given period of 20 consecutive years since the great depression? If my math is correct, than if I were to ...
1
vote
0answers
46 views

Start investing and expanding with an erratic rate [closed]

I want to start getting a little more out of my money. Security is relatively a higher value than profite, but putting a little percentage of my money in risky profitable stuff is okay as well. The ...
107
votes
13answers
40k views

I'm 23 and was given $50k. What should I do?

Recently I was given 50k from my grandmother in her will. I am 23 years old and have no idea what to do with it. I make $33k a year. I have zero savings. I owe $35k in student loans over 6 years 0% ...
0
votes
1answer
211 views

Best way to maximize current income from stock market as a low income person

Due to some health problems it is quite difficult for me to work full time. I get my income from odd jobs and on-line surveys. I was wondering what the best way to maximize some of that income. ...
36
votes
7answers
4k views

Ethics and investment

I am a young man who has recently reached a point of financial stability. I'm starting to think about long-term plans which may one day buy a home, or provide for myself in old age. This raises the ...
6
votes
3answers
2k views

Best way to invest as a 22 year old with not very much money but no debt

Here's my situation. Not sure if this question has been asked, I think my situation is pretty unique. I am a 22 year old college student living in Tennessee, about to graduate soon with my Bachelor ...
0
votes
2answers
431 views

Learn investing as a programmer [closed]

How much can a software developer learn about individual investing from being employed developing financial software? A few examples of such software would be the Bloomberg Terminal, charting ...
1
vote
5answers
500 views

Long term investment for money

I have some money I would like to put into very long term savings. At least 40+ years. What's the best way to save the money? I would like to accrue as much interest as possible and get a headstart ...
5
votes
3answers
803 views

Best starting options to invest for retirement without a 401k

I'm trying to avoid asking a duplicate question, but I feel my situation is more specific than general beginner's saving or investing. I am a university student with a part time job that does not ...
4
votes
2answers
257 views

How should I invest my money as a young graduate in Europe?

This is related to this question, but that question's answers are 95% tailored for residents of the US, basically recommending to full out the 401k retirement plan and this and that about stock market ...