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Strategy and science behind determining which stocks to buy and invest in?

I'm starting to get into serious investing & I being new and inexprience I have questions regarding the decline & incline in stocks. From my understanding and research, stocks increases and ...
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Could a market-cap weighted fund of all the world’s currencies appreciate in value in the long run?

This is a thought experiment that I came up with. Imagine someone took their money (say, 100 USD) and put it in a market-cap weighted fund of all the world’s currencies. Could such a fund gain in ...
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How Do You Read This Economic Formula?

I'm trying to understand and interpret this economic formula within research where Implied Volatility is regressed on Realised volatility. But even though I understand the basics of what this article'...
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NPV in trade projects

The question must be very simple but I'm still struggling. Let's suppose that I have an import-export business. Then I have a discounted CF which is formed by subtracting all costs & taxes from ...
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Do you lose money if you don't use a plane ticket you won in a raffle?

My wife won 2 tickets from a major airline at the company she works for, after they did a employee only raffle that was free to enter. The problem: there is a caveat: the ticket must be booked for a ...
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What does Ben Graham mean with this

In the Intelligent Investor graham says : ” investor should be able to count on the current 3.5% dividend return on his stocks and also an average annual appreciation of 4%. As we shall later explain ...
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IRR -> Reinvestment Assumption Or Myth (And What It Actually Means)

I've been trying to wrap my head around a downside of using IRR - the reinvestment assumption. I don't really understand the concept on how IRR assumes that we reinvest at the IRR, if IRR is for ...
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What happens if the volatility in the equity market increases? Does interest rates move up or down?

I think both can happen and here is my reasoning. Please correct me if I am wrong. During times of increased volatility in the equity market, investors adopt a more risk-averse approach and gravitate ...
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Resources vs. Assets

I read an excerpt on Quora from the book, "Rich Dad, Poor Dad": If you want to be rich you must know the difference between an asset and a liability and you must buy assets. This may sound ...
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Rationale behind market weighting in ETFs / indices

From what I understand, most global ETFs use weighting based on capitalization; so for instance there are more US stocks than European stocks in them because the US is a larger market than Europe. If ...
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How We Decide n in Compound Interest Rate Table When Annual Expenses Increasing After Certain Year?

I don't understand that, in this question's solution for HEPS9, why we take n as 6. And why we use A/G for SP240 and P/G for HEPS9. Question: Solution: Compound Interest Rate Table:
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Where does the value of money go during inflation?

I was wondering if I put $1000 in the piggy bank for a year and the inflation being 10%, and everything else being constant, 1 year later that $1000 in cash money can only buy goods that today would ...
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Mortgage ETFs going down while inflation is going up?

So I'm looking at these popular mortgage ETFs, MORT and BKLN, and they have been going down over the past year, while inflation has been going up. Any idea as to why? Real estate is often regarded as ...
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Relationship between interest rates and DCF discount rates

I've been reading that interest rates lower the over future cash flows of equities, hence their decline as money can be moved elsewhere for better returns. What is the direct relationship between ...
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Is the holiday season an unwise time to apply for credit?

Given the rise in consumer spending during the holidays, do lenders mitigate the increased demand for credit by offering lower credit limits than usual, or having stricter criteria for approval?
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Is there a way to tell what price a stock will be before the market opens?

I was reading about an Atlassian security vulnerability and was curious as to the effects on its stock price. Surprisingly, its stock price over the past 5 days was up 6.83%!? But I checked and Monday ...
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Why sell stocks when inflation is high?

It doesn’t make much sense to me why the stock market (sometimes, today isn’t really an example) does more poorly when inflation is high. If CPI was high, I would think you’d want your $$$ invested in ...
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Foundational equations or concepts of Finance [closed]

For the other sciences it´s easy to point to the most important equations, inequalities, propositions or concepts that ground the discipline. If I want to explain Finance to a physicist say, what are ...
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Why does some key figures differ from one annual report to another

I´ve started to read some annual reports lately and inserted some into my excel sheet to calculate some key figures, but saw that column with "Total assets" differ than reads in the last ...
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What is the US subprime crisis of 2008? [closed]

I have heard that after the US subprime crisis of 2008,particularly a lot of people were pointing fingers at the Economic policymakers. I am not really familiar with why it is so, a detailed ...
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Will home prices ever stop rising or go down? [closed]

I'm from EU and home prices in my city went up by 10% each year before pandemic, when pandemic started everyone said that home prices will go down, but it didn't, quite opposite it keeps rising. Stock ...
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Why don't companies just print more of valuable items?

I just had somebody show off her Pokémon card collection. One of the cards is worth a lot of money now for some reason. Why doesn't Pokémon, Inc. just print more of that particular card? Do they have ...
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Why is so much focus put on the Dow Jones Industrial Average?

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is derived from the sum of the stock prices of 30 large-cap companies, divided by the Dow Divisor which, at the moment is actually a multiplier. It's mostly NYSE ...
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Why did the Baltic Dry Index rise by 65% (YTD)? [closed]

The global economy is (almost) stopped and the price of crude oil is very low, so why did the Baltic Dry Index — an index that shows the cost per unit time of transportation in principal routes around ...
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What is Real versus Nominal value?

The last version of the Wikipedian article "Real versus nominal value (economics)" has this definition of the subject: In economics, nominal value is measured in terms of money, whereas ...
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At what % about the stock price should I sell and take my profits? [closed]

at what percentage above the cost price should you walk? prices fluctuate therefore? what should the end point be?
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What is the safest asset to hold if you think a longterm depression is coming?

I'm obviously not a financial advisor, nor do I have a crystal ball. But the more I read/think about the global macro-level outlook the more I believe a long and deep correction is coming. Anyone with ...
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What determined the "cost of borrowing money" or the interest rate in a gold-based economy [closed]

In the modern economy, the central bank decides the cost of borrowing money using interest rates along with other several tools and technic. But I was wondering, in a gold-based economy (not the gold ...
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How much value has the US Dollar lost or gained in 2020, compared to the US Dollar in 2019?

There's a lot of news about the Federal Reserve printing money. I have a hard time imagining the relative change in value of the USD. (or EURO for that matter) I tried to calculate but it's hard: ...
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Assumptions in Conventional Finance

These are the 3 main assumptions used in Conventional Finance: Price of assets are correct, ie equal to it's intrinsic value Resources are allocated effectively World is fair and so are the market (...
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How likely is a total economic collapse due to the potential coronavirus impact? [closed]

Most signs show that lockdown could easily stretch through the summer. A freeze in consumer spending would cause multiple industries to fail causing a ripple effect. To be specific, if lockdown lasts ...
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Shall we expect high inflation when government provides financial aid during covid-19?

I am not clear about the source of money when UK and US announced the COVID-19 financial help. For example, in the UK an employee may be eligible for 80% of the wage, capped at £2500, given their job ...
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Should I ask the seller of a house for a price reduction given a recession is almost certain?

I've gone sale agreed (note: "sale agreed" means the sale has been agreed in principle - no contracts have been signed, no non-refundable deposits have been made etc.) on a house. The market ...
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Am I less likely to get approved for credit during the COVID-19 pandemic?

I've been thinking about applying for a new credit card or two, as I've been building up credit for awhile and basically all my hard pulls have fallen off of my credit report. Given that COVID-19 is ...
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Where does the money from the US $2T stimulus package come from? [closed]

The US Senate announced to $2T stimulus package to help keep the economy up and running. Where does the government come up with that type of money? Surely they don't have that much cash available?
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Are Social Security payments threatened by the Coronavirus crisis?

I would like to know if it is likely that the United States government may have to reduce Social Security payments for the remainder of this year to help fund economic stimulus packages to help bail ...
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What is the point of using percentages if you are going to have different "tiers" anyway? [closed]

I often see things like: People who make between "this and that" (range #1) amount of money per month/year must pay 1% in taxes. People who make between "this and that" (range #2) amount of ...
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Are lower interest rates bad for the lending perspective of banks?

I know that in times of lower interest rates borrowing from the bank is an easier task at least because its cheaper. However I am not yet convinced why a textbook source is stating that lower interest ...
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Repaying with buying common goods

If two people share the expenses and person 'A' pays 20 in a supermarket then that person should receive 10 from person 'B' in cash to be fair If the person 'B' decides to repay instead of cash by ...
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Is the assertion 'loans create deposits' true in banking? [duplicate]

I have read that banks don't really need deposits to make loans but rather it is the other way round. I thought that banks could only lend out money that customers deposited. If this is the wrong ...
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What does it mean by Global recession? [closed]

I am bit curious to understand what it actually means when I read global recession is coming soon. There are some questions which pop in my mind reading such news. Some of them are: What causes ...
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Interest rates and what does "discount" mean?

I was reading an article that says "Interest rates play an essential role in financial markets. Foremost, they represent the rate at which investors discount risk-free as well as risky future cash ...
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The Fed Lowered Interest Rates, Are they going to buy Bonds?

The Fed just lowered interest rates yesterday by 0.25%. I haven't heard anyone mentioning a resurgence of quantitative easing (QE). Are they buying bonds in order to influence the interest rate? If ...
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Does yield curve inversion refer to the shape of the curve, or just its sign?

Yield curve inversion has recently been talked about as an indicator for recession. Mostly, I've heard this described as "10-year Treasury rates fall below 2-year Treasury rates." I would expect ...
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How exactly does redenomination work?

basically I was having a history lesson in school and we were learning about inflation and how countries employed redenomination to save their suffering economies. I don't really understand how simply ...
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Why do currency rates have an effect on the value of goods? [closed]

It is common to hear explanation like "Yuan has lost value, this helps Chinese exporters". Why does currency exchange rate have any effect at all on the price of goods? Let's say I own a widget ...
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Is credit the principal force behind the business cycle, as claimed on a Dalio youtube video?

The following video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHe0bXAIuk0 seems to argue that credit is the principal force behind the business cycle, as far as I cal tell. Is this considered to be a ...
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What condition might cause Equities to rise, and corporate bond spreads to rise as well? [closed]

I was wondering about this earlier and I'm stumped.
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What are the dates that the yield curve inverted?

For the purpose of investing, I've been reading about the yield curve inversion and what it might mean about the economy. Unfortunately, all articles that I was able to find by searching on Google ...
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Could the US demonetize large bills? If so, how can I protect myself if I rely on holding US dollars in cash?

There was a demonetization in India. I heard that this was difficult for Indian residents to handle. I understand most of the money is in digital forms, but there is still a large amount of actual ...
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