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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Best way to start investing, for a young person just starting their career?

I am young, just started my career, and looking to begin investing so I can make my money work for me. I'm still living like I did in college (occasional purchase on myself, but most of it goes into ...
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Why isn't everybody rich?

This question came up after reading this question (stock market long term risks), in which it is re-iterated (as it has been many times on this site), that investing in the stock market, especially an ...
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Why would a company care about the price of its own shares in the stock market?

After a company has issues shares, why should it care if the value of the shares go up and down? Since the shares are now being traded among the public, if the value goes up or down, that is strictly ...
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If a stock doesn't pay dividends, then why is the stock worth anything?

I read somewhere that companies are not required to pay dividends to shareholders (this is correct, yes?). If so, then if company A never pays dividends to its shareholders, then what is the point ...
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Do I make money in the stock market from other people losing money?

Basically I am new to stock trading and neglect to see the differences between trading stocks and betting on sports. Basically I am "betting" on which company will do well, and this can change due to "...
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Can someone explain a stock's “bid” vs. “ask” price relative to “current” price?

In my online brokerage account, I want to buy a particular stock and I see the following: Bid: 13.20 x200 Ask: 13.27 x1,000 the current stock price is 13.22. Can someone explain what ...
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Why does gold have value?

I'm curious about why is there so much financial interest and news coverage about gold. It's hard to do things like buy food or pay the rent with gold, but I can do this with cash. Gold doesn't yield ...
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Are lottery tickets ever a wise investment provided the jackpot is large enough?

If the odds of winning a lottery jackpot are one in 292 million, and the jackpot prize is expected to be greater than than $1 billion, does this make a lottery ticket a wise investment? I know there ...
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Why does a company pay dividends at all?

If a company can lower the dividends and even stop paying them at all during hard times, why would they re-install them at all? If I understand correctly a company pays dividends so that investors ...
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Making $100,000 USD per month, no idea what to do with it

I have a few consulting jobs I do on the side, and this year I've had a lot of extra work, with several months in 2016 exceeding $100,000 USD in billing. I do this work from my home with no ...
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What would prevent me from taking advantage of scammers?

Inspired by 20% monthly mining vs 5% monthly trading What would prevent me from investing $1,000 for a month, pulling out, investing with a different scammer, rinse & repeat? This question is ...
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I'm 18 and have 6 grand. What should I do with it?

I'm 18 and about to go to college. Luckily, I don't have to worry about student loans or most other living expenses. I've been working and have over $6,000 (will probably be about $7,000 by the end of ...
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Stock market long term risks

This question has been spurred by the following question which was on the 'Hot Network Questions' Is it a lie that you can easily make money passively in the stock market? . The answers to that ...
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Why don't bond makers just get loans?

I was just looking at investment opportunities, and I found a number of places offering bonds paying up to 12% interest over two years. My first thought was, I can get a loan from my bank for 5% ...
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Should you always max out contributions to your 401k?

I am a year out of college, and therefore, i don't have any real retirement/investment plans kicked off. I was having a discussion with my boss, and he was making a few claims I would like to get ...
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Should I take out a loan for a friend to invest on my behalf?

A family friend of mine is an accountant and his company allows him to buy discount shares. He is asking me for $7000 to invest, and we will split the profits 50-50. I don't have $7000, but I can ...
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Why can't we all agree to create a self-fulfilling prophecy with regards to the stock market?

To start off, I'm very green in my understanding about finance or the behavior of the stock market, but it does seem to me to be driven largely by fears & emotions of investors. If investors feel ...
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How can a company use money from stock investors when they are constantly being bought and sold?

I am interested in the mechanisms which a company can use the money that investors give them when they buy a public stock since they are being bought and sold constantly. How can a company spend other ...
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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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What is the best asset allocation for a retirement portfolio, and why?

Based on financial conversations I've had with trusted family members, I believe that asset allocation is one of the more critical things to "get right" during retirement savings. Based on an ...
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Aging parents with no investments

My aging parents (75/77years) own a house on 35+ acres (14+ hectares) in rural NE USA (no mortgage). They have: No investments (other than the obvious property) Savings of maybe $30k in a bank ...
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Why are low risk investments so strongly advised for first-time investors?

Inspired by the flurry of questions on this site about the returns available from investing in equities over the long term, I decided to approach my UK bank about setting up a small investment fund, ...
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Recent graduate with new job: Choose Roth 401(k), or traditional 401(k)?

I just graduated, and I'm starting a new job soon. My employer has pretty good policy for matching 401(k) contributions, so I want to invest as much as possible, especially during this first year. My ...
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How do I go about finding an honest & ethical financial advisor?

First things first, this isn't a "recommend a good financial advisor" question. I'm looking for advice on how best to approach the world of assisted personal finance & investing. I'm currently at ...
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Is it legal if I'm managing my family's entire wealth?

My family (father, mother, and brother) have allowed me to invest their money in the stock market and other types of investments (real estate, bonds and mutual funds). Is it legally okay to do all ...
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In general, is it financially better to buy or to rent a house?

I know this differs from country to country, from person to person (depending on how much you already have saved), but I'm curious about the simplest example. Let's say I have little to no money. I ...
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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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I'm saving money too fast. What should I do?

[Apologies if this sounds (and is) like a first world problem] I get a very generous salary and I am not a spender. I am able to save $2000-$2500 every month. I've invested part of my money in some ...
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I carelessly invested in a stock on a spike near the peak price. How can I salvage my investment?

I carelessly invested on stock on a spike (I have been persuaded by a family member) and now my investment value is really low, as you can see below. Is there anyway to salvage my investment for ...
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When to stop saving and start investing?

Since I started my first job after graduating a few years back, I always saved a certain percentage of my salary each month on an extra savings account my bank offers. At that time, and until recently,...
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Why invest in becoming a landlord?

One of the most recommended ways to invest one's money still is real estate. Sure there are different ways to invest in real estate, but why does it make sense financially to buy property and become a ...
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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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How does it work when somebody invests in my business?

Lately I've been curious about how exactly investing in a product works, and I've been thinking about this scenario: Let's say I'm creating some mobile application and I manage to get $1m of ...
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Can I take out a loan and invest it at higher interest?

I noticed today that my bank is offering small loans of up to £15000 at 3.3% interest. Meanwhile, services like Zopa and RateSetter are offering over 6% interest on investments in their platforms. I ...
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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 ...
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Justification for aggressive investment strategy when young?

I've frequently heard that the conventional wisdom is to be invested in an 'aggressive' investment strategy when young, and as you approach retirement age, migrate to a more conservative strategy. ...
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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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What does “Its cash flow is deeply negative” mean?

Does "Its cash flow is deeply negative" mean "Netflix makes a big loss"? Netflix is profitable, but only on an accounting basis. Its cash flow is deeply negative as it pours cash into content. ...
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Where can I put savings for my kid that I literally cannot withdraw from?

I currently have a second savings account where I'm saving money for my child's future - most likely it will be used for their college and/or wedding. I've heard horror stories of parents stealing ...
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How to rescue my money from negative interest?

My bank has announced negative interest rates starting Q1 2016. I have CHF 250'000 in that savings account (Swiss Francs). Now, pretty much all other banks will probably follow suit soon, if they ...
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“Marked down as someone wanting to sell shares.” What does that mean?

A few years ago I and a few friends created a company based on the web. During the raising funds period, we got a plan for $500,000 for 20% and we got investors. The last news about investors that I ...
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Why don’t index-tracking mutual funds corner themselves?

I don't really want to think too much about investments -- just park my surplus money somewhere and be able to come back several years later and see that it has grown. (As this question shows, I'm ...
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How does gambling (like buying a lottery ticket) differ from investing?

Investors seeking a higher return on their investments may invest in things that they know have a higher risks associated with them. Greek bonds have higher interest rates, and banks charge more ...
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Why does Warren Buffet consider real estate as productive asset?

In Berkshire Hathaway 2011 letter, Buffet said that: My own preference – and you knew this was coming – is our third category: investment in productive assets, whether businesses, farms, or real ...
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Should a high-school student invest their (relative meager) savings?

I am a high school student, I don't really have much money, between one and two grand in my savings account. However, I have friends who are investing in both penny stocks and stocks. I do not really ...
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Why can't you just have someone invest for you and split the profits (and losses) with him?

There is a large sector of professionals providing the basic service of "take your money and invest it for you". However, it appears that none of these people want to share the profit nor the risk, ...
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High income, sudden windfall

I currently earn quite a good salary (around $250,000 Australian dollars per year). Due to a recent investment coming good I am expecting to be receiving a windfall of around $1.2 million Australian ...
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What's the catch in investing in real estate for rent?

I can see a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom $100k property on Zillow (est. mortgage $375/mo) next to a university so rent prospects are good. Rent estimate by Zillow, confirmed roughly by Craigslist: $972/mo. ...
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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 ...
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Why not just invest in the market?

I've seen it said a number of places that investors can never beat the market. Why use investors, then? Why not just put your money in a market index fund?