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Tax ID for an international student investing in U.S stocks

I am an international student studying at Villanova University in Philadelphia, PA. I am very interested in trying my luck at the U.S stock market. However, I do not work on campus and so do not have ...
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1answer
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What are stock indexed funds and how do they lower taxes?

I have read the Wikipedia page but I still don't get the concept. Who maintains the "index of a specific financial market"? For example, one index fund could invest in companies in the S&P 500, ...
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Why might it be a bad idea to invest 100% of your 401(k) into a stock index fund?

Background: I'm a young 20-something, I won't be retiring for 40+ years, and the expense ratios for the funds offered in my company's 401(k) plan mostly suck. I understand that one of the reasons an ...
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2answers
118 views

Are there any benefits to investing with a group of friends vs. by myself?

Total newbie here... Are there any benefits to setting up an investment group/club between myself and three other friends, as opposed to doing it by myself? I am only talking small amounts, say $25 ...
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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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How do I invest and buy/sell stocks? What does “use a broker” mean?

This is an embarrassingly basic question. I'm a college student and know very, very little about the world of investing and purchasing stocks. I realize that some Googling could find me the answer ...
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Any diagramming techniques to help diversify/rebalance a portfolio of investments?

I was thinking about how to diversify a portfolio of investments and started scribbling a few diagrams down. I want to plan a diversified portfolio of stocks/investments so there maybe either a 50/50 ...
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Can you please explain what the information in this stock quote means?

I'm trying to understand shares as of "now", so I know more or less nothing about them. I have discovered this website: http://www.google.com/finance?q=microsoft I entered in microsoft and it comes ...
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Book or web site resources for an absolute beginner to learn about stocks and investing?

I'm completely new to the world of investing and stocks. Knowing that I shouldn't invest or buy stocks until I know it well enough, I was wondering which cheap or affordable resources would be the ...
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What is my next step with investing, given a signing bonus of restricted stock units?

So, here's my status: I have never owned stock or investments of any kind, and currently have only a checking and savings account to my name, with a small amount of stock. I'm receiving a signing ...
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Is it wise to invest money in the stock market?

My uncle wants me to invest money in buying shares. I would like to ask these questions to my fellow users: Is it wise to invest money in the stock market? Is there any age limit to start into stock ...