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Bonds vs securities : crash theory

Let's presume a market crash is coming sometime within 6 months to a year. Theoretically speaking, would it be wise to reallocate my index fund, which is presently about 80 % stocks and 20% bonds, to ...
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Ticker symbols differences between Yahoo Finance and BestInvest

I expected Yahoo to have all existing tickers, yet when I grab the list of ETF tickers available through BestInvest, I see tickers like "EUN iShares STOXX Europe 50 UCITS ETF" however Yahoo shows ...
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Can I use stop limit orders on vanguard orders to prevent loss?

Vanguard has commission fee ETFs which allow vanguard customers to purchase or sell any of their ETFs at any time. I'm looking to create a strategy that would minimize my downside in the eventuality ...
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Is ETN risk something to worry about?

I have been looking to invest in the stock market and while there are plenty of options to invest as long as the market keeps going up, my options to cover or even make up for my losses in the event ...
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68 views

How to select a service to use to begin making investments?

I'm looking to make a small investment in stocks. I like the idea of ETF's and since I'm based in Ireland I'm considering using Davy : http://www.davyselect.ie/our-services/self-invest.html Is this ...
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Inverse Relationship between Volatility and Beta

From P78 in ETF for Dummies, 2nd Ed, by Russell Wild : Beta’s usefulness is greater for individual stocks than it is for ETFs, but nonetheless it can be helpful, especially when gauging the ...
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How do I bet one stock will outperform another stock?

How can I bet that company (a) will outperform company (b)? It seems like the simplest way would be to buy long company (a) and short company (b). However, this strategy seems crude since I will still ...
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ETF's Market Cap Inconsistency

I'm interested in buying NASDAQ:KWEB - which is a Chinese internet based ETF. However, I'm puzzled by the fact that different sources report very different market cap for this ETF: NASDAQ website ...
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How to automate the tracking of ratios and other values for a set of stocks or ETFs?

I'm interested in monitoring a set of financial products (say ETFs WLOG) continually (but not continuously). My current plan is the following. Say I want to survey the top ten Large Cap Growth ...
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Identifying “Dividend Stocks”

Can anyone point me towards some information on investing in dividend stocks, and how to identify good companies? Are there any metrics? I am fairly illiterate when it comes to finance and stocks, but ...
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203 views

What can I do when the trading price of a stock or ETF I want to buy is too high?

This question pertains to other ETFs and stocks, but I'll start with the S&P500 like this one. I'd like to invest in an ETF predicated on the S&P 500 index, but the funds I am interested in ...
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Is there any public data available to determine an ETF's holdings?

I have some shares of an ETF, and I'm curious whether the ETF's holdings overlap with any of the individual stocks that I own. Since it varies so frequently, I don't think this is information that ...
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393 views

How does it work when the same ETF is listed on several stock exchanges?

I'm trying to understand how do ETFs listed in several exchanges work. Take VUSA, for example. It's listed in London, Zürich and Amsterdam. Same ISIN, so I assume it's exactly the same thing. If I ...
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Which expenses eat up investments the most: sales charge (front / back-end load), foreign exchange spread, or expense ratio?

I am a bit confused as to which expenses eat up most of the investment. Some brokers have low sales commission but the foreign exchange spread is high. Some have higher sales commission but lower ...
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Why is the dominant investing advice for individuals to use mutual funds, exchanged traded funds (ETFs), etc

The dominant advice on this site (including that which I give to novices) regarding investing is to only invest in fund vehicles (mutual funds, ETFs, etc), rather than in individual stocks. Why is ...
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What is the difference between shares and ETF?

For example I see that this: https://personal.vanguard.com/us/funds/snapshot?FundId=0770&FundIntExt=INT is "Also available as a lower-cost Admiral™ Shares mutual fund and an ETF." What is the ...
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Can you beat the market by investing in double long ETFs?

Certain ETFs double the daily rate of return of certain indices. Can you use such ETFs to beat the market (not on a risk-adjusted basis, just in terms of pure returns)? I have read that When ...
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International (ex-US) ETFs with low exposure to financial sector?

I've noticed that many international ETFs (especially emerging market funds) have a large stake in the financial sector. Are there any ETFs that de-emphasize financials? Conversely, are there any ...
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Can you recommend a trading service or a place that ranks them?

I'm looking for a trading service(s) -- a service that recommends stocks and ETFs for shorter term trades, from "day trades" to several month trades -- that has a good track record, and ideally even ...
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Trying to understand the toxicity of a Leveraged ETF as a hedge

Using TWM as an example. Long term it looks very crazy. Like back in 2007 it was at $600 and now it is at $40. Let's say I have $10,000 in investing. My plan was to put $1,000 in something like TWM to ...
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239 views

Wash sale rule + Mutual Funds/ETFs?

According to IRS rules, you can't sell a security, take a capital loss on your taxes, and then buy back the same or a "substantially identical" security within 30 days. However, "substantially ...
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For higher returns, put money in fewer or more ETFs? w/rebalancing in the equation

I'm evaluating my long-term investing strategy. I am somewhat aggressive and want to stick with ETFs. Scenario A 60% Vanguard S&P 500 Index ETF (VOO) 40% Vanguard FTSE All-World Ex-U.S. ETF ...
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Using P/E Ratio of an ETF to decide on asset mix

I am a conservative investor with an asset mix of around 50% bonds/cash and 50% stock via large index ETFs. Recently I've been thinking about settling down on a non-emotional way to decide whether ...
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527 views

Understanding differences between S&P500 index-tracking ETFs

I'm trying to understand the difference between S&P 500 trackers. Example: SPY IVV VOO They all have different prices (IVV being $1 more, on average than SPY, and VOO being about 50% ...
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“Diversifying” by going Long and Short Simultaneously

I was hoping someone could take a critical eye to an idea i've had. Traditionally it's said that one should diversify across various asset classes and ultimately types to spread the risk out based on ...
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Should you diversify your ETF investments between companies?

I've found a number of interesting index funds, of which a lot are run by Vanguard. However, since I'm diversifying my investments between index funds, it seems sensible that I'd want to make sure all ...
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How to calculate the investment fees your portfolio is paying?

Disclaimer: I am going to mention the investment company that I am using, but I am not related in any way with this company, is just to exemplify my question. I am currently using foliofn.com. ...
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546 views

Should I sell when my stocks are growing?

I have a collection of stock that on average have grown 8% in the last few months. Should I sell now? This is a normal account, meaning tax is of no help. I never understand why people sell while ...
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Where to find out conversion ratio between General Motors bonds and new GM stock?

I bought some General Motors bonds (ETF-traded under "XGM" symbol) when they were at depressed prices, before GM declared bankruptcy. GM is supposed to be having an IPO sometime in November, and ...