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Questions tagged [investing]

Investing is growing money over a longer time frame. When appropriate a specific tag like stocks, mutual funds etc should additionally be used.

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Is it worth it to invest on a VUL?

I've been offered a Variable Universal life insurance and i'm not sure if im making the right choice by investing on this. I was told that by 7 years of investing, i can "withdraw" my money back and ...
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Savings Accounts for Future Child Expenses

If I were looking to have a kid in the next 3-6 years, what (if any) tax-advantaged plans exist to help saving for future, related expenses? To be more specific, there are numerous types of savings ...
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The formula to calculate the Net Present Value of monthly rental payment, adjusted for rental annual increase?

I am renting my apartment out, and for that I need to calculate the Net Present Value of the rental payment, after deducting the management fees (f) and adjusted for rental increased. Assuming that ...
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How is a mutual fund and ETF priced?

Is a mutual fund and ETF priced the same way? regardsless of what it contains and if it pays didivends? Is it basically the price of all the assets? or is the demand in the market(as with a stock) ...
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How to create an average of several unitized accounts?

I have a spreadsheet in which I track the unitized progress of three separate investment accounts (all made up of funds, bonds, etc). I think I'm using the Time-Weighted Return method described here ...
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What do I need to watch out for when receiving a large sum of money as a gift in Germany?

I live in Germany. If my father would want to give me a large sum of money - let's say 10,000€ - what would be the safest, least bureaucratic way to do this? I'm an apprentice and I still receive ...
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Time value of money confusion [duplicate]

I am new to the stock market and currently trying to just get a basic understanding of the stock markets using online sources (investopedia). I came across this sentence when I was reading on a ...
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Can I use my declining to put money into a 401k (for which they would match up to 5% if I did) to negotiate a higher salary?

I do not want to contribute to my 401k, however, my contracting company does offer a match of 5%. Can I use the declining of this 401k to negotiate a 5% higher (or a bit lower) salary? Is the company ...
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The “Permanent Portfolio” content

I am considering the idea of "Harry Browne's permanent portfolio". I seen a few versions of this strategy where the different parts consists of managned funds which in turn have some costs associated ...
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Strategies on buying a house for a first-timer

I'm 29, and I live in Chicago NW suburbs. I pay a lot for rent, so I am planning to buy my first house. I have no prior experience on this. What are some tips and strategies to buy a home? More ...
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On a statement of Harry Browne [closed]

I am reading a book on an investment strategy proposed by Harry Browne (1999, Fail-Safe Investing: Lifelong Financial Security in 30 minutes, pp. 39–40) known as the "permanent portfolio". He makes ...
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is it possible for a founder to own 70% of their company's shares even after the company IPOs?

I'm wondering, if a founder of a company owns 100% of the shares in their company and then they decide to do an IPO, is it possible for them to choose to sell only 30% shares to the public during the ...
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Buying the dip & Staying invested — how do you follow both at the same time?

Two pieces of advice I read most often in regards to stock market investments are: Stay invested in the market -- time in market is more valuable than timing the market. Buy the dip -- if the market ...
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Scenarios for a 25 yo finishing a PhD staying in Academia, but hope to invest her $100 K USD [duplicate]

Suppose 1: I am a 25 year old just about to finishing my PhD in pure mathematics, and have saved about $100 K USD so far in my life. I have saved all $100 K USD in an American Bank (actually Bank of ...
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Minimize taxes when transferring investments from one account to another

Located in Ontario, Canada I have three investment accounts with managed by a TD-bank financial planning account: TFSA (currently maxed out) RRSP Non-Registered All three accounts have their funds ...
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Long Term Stock Investment and Compounding

I have a query that's been bugging me. I have been investing in the UK stock market + funds for around a year now. Current Investments - Retirement Fund - FTSE index Fund - Managed Accumulation ...
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Investments for Higher Expected Returns

In general, investments carrying more risk and volatility provide higher expected returns than those with lower risk and volatility. A 1-year T-note will provide a guaranteed return of 2.6%, slightly ...
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I have 100k in home equity. What is the best way to use this to create more money? [closed]

I'm looking for the best option (good risk/reward ratio). So far, I've considered; using it partially as a down payment and partially towards remod on a house flip (Seattle suburbs area) buying a ...
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Is there a formula or calculating the maximum monthly withdrawal from an investment so that it lasts a specific period of time? [duplicate]

Is there a formula that allows me to calculate the following:- I have an investment balance of P growing at annual rate of r, what is the monthly withdrawal so that at the end of T years the balance ...
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Optimisation of a Trading Strategy (Walk Forward Analysis)

To the pro traders: What do you do when the past two years of a WFA (10-15 year period) had an increasing loss (2017 = -4%, 2018 = -8%) while the other years were profitable? Do you modify the ...
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Why can't some funds be invested as a “US Persons” (= US fiscal resident, green card holder, or US citizen) from a French bank account?

I read that some funds cannot be invested as a "US Persons" (= US fiscal resident, green holder, or US citizen) from a French bank account. For example, I saw this warning in one plan d'épargne en ...
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Invest $50,000 in cash or borrow $100,000 and get a mortgage?

I have $50,000 saved and I'm paying $760 on rent right now. All my relatives are telling me to get a mortgage so I don't "throw money away on rent", but I just don't like the idea of getting in debt ...
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How to efficiently invest in ETFs with a monthly contribution?

I am confused when it comes to ETFs. Many state that their main advantage is that they are low cost. I understand that they are traded as stocks. I want to invest my money in 3 index ETFs (USA, ...
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Why do most HSA administrators require accountholders to have a minimum amount in their HSA before they can open up an investment account?

I read on an article at Nerdwallet titled 5 Health Savings Account Rules You Need to Know (mirror): Irvine warns that the majority of HSA administrators require the accountholder to have a steep ...
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How exactly does a broad-market ETF work?

So it's obvious that a broad-market ETF attempts to imitate the performance of the whole stock market, but what I still don't understand is how it works and exactly what you are investing in when you ...
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ETF: ITOT ticker cost calculation?

This Forbes article says: "The iShares fund from BlackRock ticker ITOT will over the course of a decade chip only $6 out of a $10,000 investment." How is this $6 calculated? The web page for the ...
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The value/price of an ETF

From my understanding an ETF has the advantages of a managed fund with the advantages of a stock. Advantages of a managed fund: a) An ETF is a collection of stocks that are packaged into a single ...
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Where should a young person living in Switzerland invest their money? [closed]

I am an 18 years old student living in Switzerland, doing my apprenticeship as a software developer. In the last few years I saved around 10'000 francs and instead of buying a car I thought to invest ...
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Calculating the ETF cost?

Let's say I invest 1000 USD in an ETF. Over the 10 year period, the shares had 5% annualized gain, meaning the value of my investment would be 1630 USD. However, I didn't take into account ETF fees. ...
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European citizen investing in MSCI USA index ETF: to hedge or not to hedge?

Located in Europe, I am thinking about a long-term (~20 yrs) investment into an ETF that follows MSCI USA Index. I am stuck: should I pick an euro hedged fund or a normal one. My salary is in Euros, ...
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A lot of bids and asks, but no volume

I'm looking at an option and it has a lot of bids and asks, but zero volume. Does this mean that the market can't decided on the price of the premium because the stock itself is moving? Just curious ...
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Why would anyone buy U.S. Treasury Bills?

From the Treasury Direct website, I saw this Bills: U.S. Treasury Bills are a type of short-term security of one year or less, usually issued at a discount. The discount is the amount the security ...
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Why would I buy bonds? [duplicate]

Say I want to buy a bond that matures in 10 years, and that pays out 5% of once a year, so it has 10 payouts remaining. Say the value is 100$. Say the bond is being sold for 140$ today. I would be ...
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To what extent can dividends be seen as an informed and careful conclusion about the company's long term ability to at least maintain it?

John Lintner found that management aimed to have a stable payout ratio target but, in fact, it is often the dividend itself that is kept stable and that reverting a dividend hike in the future would ...
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Investing in a target date fund for retirement [closed]

Any suggestions about investing in a Vanguard target date fund 2045 for a Roth IRA? I'm 38 years old. Is 90/10 stocks/bonds too heavy for my age?
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why don't banks invest money in mutual funds or shares instead of giving personal loans

Banks offer personal loan at interest rate of 11 %, but why don't they invest those money in mutual funds or shares and earn more ?
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Do pension pots get interest? [closed]

Pension pot is the money, the employee and sometimes the employer and the government pay that gets accumulated into pension fund. But my question is, that this pension fund is basically a bank ...
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Is this projected return from Wealthify too low?

I am really new to investing and I am so confused. Books, blogs and conferences suggest that investing is the way to multiply wealth. I do not have enough start up money to play with mutual funds, ...
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What is the “definition” of a “diversified” portfolio and why a diversified portfolio is better?

A short version of my question - What is the "true" definition of a diversified portfolio and why is it better? A long version of my question - Regarding portfolio diversification, people ...
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Why isn't the retained earnings of a public company always distributed back to the shareholders?

Shareholders own a public company, so why shouldn't all of a company's income be distributed back to them? Why are dividends (if any) just a small fraction of a company's retained earnings?
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What are the ways to price a holding company?

I would like to know how people value holding companies. I guess the most famous one is Berkshire ($BRK.A - $BRK.B). And others exist. These holdings usually have a lot of exposure to realestate, PE ...
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How can I get my mother to get to minimally understand the advantages of index investing?

She has a very long investing horizon (several decades according to actuarial life table), so index investing would be perfect for her. I'd like her to read "Little Book of Common Sense Investing" and ...
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How to know if negative cash flow rental property is a good investment?

I am completely new to the concept of investments and investment property. I've done research on rental properties and negative cash flow but am unclear how to actually measure if something is a good ...
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How to calculate return on investment when the asset increased in value?

A house bought some years ago for 100K earns 5K each year. That's rent minus costs of ownership (maintenance, electricity, local taxes). Today that house would easily sell for 150K. The rent and ...
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Educating others that they may be investing in a scam

I’m not sure if this should be here or at interpersonal skills but there is currently a company in the Philippines asking people to invest and to me, in my opinion it smells like a Ponzi scheme. ...
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Insurance premiums as an investment opportunity

Here is the scenario: Let's say you are an insurance company and you pool premiums from policyholders in pools of different risk (low, medium, high). Now you want to propose to other people to stake ...
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Should Pay Loan Early or Invest?

Loan: 150,000, interest rate: 1.62%, period: 30 years, so monthly payment is about 700. Investable amount per month: 7000. (Don't need to take the returns from the investments to pay the loan.) I ...
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Financial benefits of installing EV charger for landlords and employers

This question is based on the location: Vermont, USA. A lot of information regarding federal tax benefits are available online for Electric or Hybrid car owners. However, I am interested to know if ...
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How sensitive are heavily traded options (SPY, AAPL) to brief price changes?

For example if SPY reached a day high of +2% but only for minutes, would call prices rise accordingly such that one could profit from the STC sale of an option of the same strike price?
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Is not investing in stock/shares a huge mistake?

I simply cannot understand how investing in stock/shares works. So I am too scared to invest/buy any of these, although I do have Roth and 401(k) plan through my employment. By not investing in the ...