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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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Using a Health Savings Account (HSA) as an investment vehicle: What are the drawbacks?

For next year, my company has started offering an HDHP with an HSA. With this, they will contribute $500 per year flat, and 50% matching up to $500 (where they will match $250; up to $750 total). I ...
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What should I look at before investing in a start-up?

A friend from college (and middle school and elementary school, for that matter) has talked to me a little about his company, a start-up working on technology tangentially related to Internet ...
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Is Bogleheadism (index fund investing) dead?

I've always been a believer in index funds, and lately have been reading books such as The Coffee House Investor and The Lazy Person's Guide to Investing. It all makes sense to me except that the S&...
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Any compelling reason to contribute to a 401k if my employer doesn't match?

My employer does not match 401k contributions at all. Currently, I do not make any contributions to a 401k or an IRA due to a need for liquidity. Aside from the obvious gains incurring no tax ...
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Is my “retire young” strategy a sensible one?

My goal is to have enough to retire at 40. I have 11 years to go (I'm 29) as of the past 15th. To be clear, I don't plan on retiring, maybe ever, but I want to have enough to just quit one day if I ...
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When is a good time to invest in gold? In what situations is the price of gold likely to drop?

When is a good time to invest in gold? What are situations likely to trigger a drop in gold prices? What are alternatives to gold?
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What are some simple techniques used for Timing the Stock Market over the long term?

What are some simple techniques used for Timing the Stock Market over the long term to beat average market returns? By long term I mean 5 years and longer. It may include investing directly into ...
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What does Chapter 11 Bankruptcy mean to an investor holding shares of a Chapter 11 Company?

If I currently have shares in a company that has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection what impact does this have on me? Does this mean the shares stop trading? If the company successfully ...
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What are some examples of “fixed income” investments?

I'm using an online tool that my broker provides for balancing my portfolio according to my investor profile and it breaks down the suggested allocation into the following categories: Large Cap ...
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Saving $1,000+ per month…what should I do with it?

I am able to save $1,100 a month, after all expenses and after paying the minimums ($225 a month on my 2.24% and 3.25% student loans). I want to make smart decisions with my money, but am not sure ...
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What are some well known or well regarded arguments against investing?

I'm looking to research the arguments against investing, or at least arguments that present a rather different view of investing than is the conventional wisdom. By "investing", I mean putting money ...
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How does compounding of annual interest work?

I have tried reading up on it, but I just find it confusing. Apparently, if you started investing $150/month at a 15% annual return and kept reinvesting the profits, here is what you would have ...
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A University student wondering if investing in stocks is a good idea?

I'm a University student (with a University student budget) and I was wondering if it is worth my trouble and my money to invest in the stock system? I don't know much about it, but it seems like a ...
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What are my investment options in real estate?

In a nutshell, I'm 21 and I'll be starting a job soon which will give me a fair amount of spare income, which I would like to look into investing. What are my options here? I'm considering investing ...
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Why should I avoid mutual funds as an investment?

I've heard in passing when discussing investments, "oh, you're crazy to invest in mutual funds". I didn't want to seem like I didn't understand at the time. What are the downsides of investing in ...
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What factors make someone buy or sell a stock?

Stock price is determined by the buyers and sellers, correct? What causes people to buy or sell? Is it news? earnings? stock analysis and techniques? I mean even if a company is reporting increasing ...
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No debt. Any advice where to invest saved money and what to invest in after maxing out 401k? [duplicate]

My situation: I'm 24, single, and I live with my parents in the United States I have no debt and I have 100k in a savings account I have a 90k job I am currently maxing out my 401k I have no ...
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Building financial independence

In my very late 20s I am working hard to become financially independent. I have a good job paying between 74-80k a year. I can live (pay rent, food, entertainment) for $1k a month. So after taxes I ...
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What's the most conservative split of financial assets for my portfolio in today's market?

Mid 30's, looking for what split I should have between Australian shares, International shares, property, cash, interest, bonds, options, etc. or maybe none of the above. What is considered to be a "...
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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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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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Can paying down a mortgage be considered an “investment”?

I've read a few articles online about investments, and other articles about paying down home mortgages. One thing that I've noticed is that people who advocate paying down mortgages seem to emphasize ...
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Abundance of Cash - What should I do?

There seems to be a glut of information and I don't know where to start. My situation is: No debt/kids Own Home and Vehicles Have a years worth of living expenses in my savings/checking Max out my ...
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For an investor, what's the appropriate response to the U.S. Debt downgrade?

So the S&P has downgraded United States debt from it's AAA status. There have been other threads discussing why/when a downgrade will happen, as well as possibility of default. Instead, I want to ...
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I can completely pay off my mortgage early. Should I pay it off or invest?

My mortgage is 3.5% fixed rate. I have enough money to pay off the remaining balance, and still have enough left over for an emergency fund. My investments have historically made more than 3.5% per ...
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Buying a small amount (e.g. $50) of stock via eToro “Social Trading Network” using a “CFD”?

On LinkedIn I saw an ad claiming I could buy some AAPL stock for as little as $50. I clicked and came to a site called eToro that calls themselves a "Social Trading Network". It appears the buying of ...
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Is my company 401k okay or should I be using an IRA?

My company does not have a matching 401k. Instead it is a profit sharing 401k. How should I approach this? Should I consider investing primarily in an IRA instead? How much should I be ...
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What is a stock warrant? How do warrants work?

What is a stock warrant? How do warrants work? I've been told they are similar to options; how? Then why not just call them options - what makes them different?
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How do I minimize the risk of my investment losing value?

I am wondering what type of investment offers the least amount of overall risk. I know that Money Market accounts and CD's offer a low risk of reducing the principal. But they earn such low rates that ...
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Is CFD trading a good idea?

I am planning on speculating in forex and possibly indices, however due to my lack of experience I don't want to invest too much. With £100, you can't really get very far with indices, and profit ...
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When to sell a stock?

What do you look for in a stock that makes you say "I'm done with this, let me take profits and go somewhere else"?
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How much capital is necessary to live on $5000 / mo.?

If I want to determine how much gross return I would need to live on $5000 / mo ($60,000 / yr) and I were to assume all return would come from an investment pool of capital in ETFs, stocks, etc, that ...
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Can you legally invest (i.e. avoid Insider Trading) when you know insider employees?

I have a family member ("Sue") that works for "Company A", which is currently working for another company ("Company B"). Me > Sue > Company A > Company B I know nothing about company B except their ...
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Is it worth investing in Index Fund, Bond Index Fund and Gold at the same time?

I live in Cyprus, and I have been considering ways to get started with some basic investments in the US. After a little, and I mean little, research it seems that Index Funds, Bond Index Funds and ...
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Do you use the Cost Basis or the Amount Invested to compute a gain/loss for tax purposes?

A friend's Edward Jones financial advisor is using the Amount Invested and not the Cost Basis to compute the tax loss of selling a mutual fund. I don't know anything about this stuff, but I'm pretty ...
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Asset allocation when retirement is already secure

A bit of background information, I currently have a pretty good defined pension plan with my employer, above average salary and ability to contribute to savings, high earning potential, and a low cost ...
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I made an investment with a company that contacted me, was it safe?

I am a French person living abroad who invested a bit of money with a company that contacted me some time ago. This leading to that, I am a bit doubtful (legitimately?) that I will ever see my money ...
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Is Real Estate ever a BAD investment? If so, when?

Even in a bad market, over 30 years won't the value of Real Estate always go up? Is it always a sure bet? If not, what should an investor or buyer consider?
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How can I invest in gold without taking physical possession?

I want to buy gold but I do not want to physically store it. I just want to invest in the price of gold. Where can I buy electronic gold certificates? Something like putting money in the bank but ...
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How does dividend work in an index fund?

What does a manager do with the dividends of the companies in the index? Does he reinvest the dividends in the company in which he got the dividends or will just choose whichever company suits him? ...
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How does one value Facebook stock as a potential investment?

What techniques would you use to valuate Facebook to determine whether its current stock price is inflated, or whether it represents a good investment?
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Do companies only pay dividends if they are in profit?

My understanding of dividends is that the company pays each shareholder a fixed amount of money per share they own. I can see how this would work if the company is in profit, because the company can ...
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What should a 21 year old do with £60,000 ($91,356 USD) inheritance?

I'm turning 21 years old soon and have an inheritance coming into my control to the value of approximately £60,000. I'm full-time employed, as a Software Developer in a Financial Services company. I ...
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Is gold really an investment or just a hedge against inflation?

As per the title of this question, is gold something that can really be considered an investment or is it just a useful hedge against inflation? While I can understand the value in having hedges ...
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What is value investing? What are the key principles of value investing?

What is value investing? What are the key principles of value investing? Is there evidence indicating whether value investing results in higher returns, or lower risk, compared to other styles of ...
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What is a “closed-end fund”? How is a closed-end fund different from a typical mutual fund?

I recently ran across the term "closed-end fund", but the author didn't explain what it was. What is a "closed-end" fund vs a typical mutual fund, and are there advantagets/disadvantages to each?
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I inherited a lump sum and paid off my debts. How can I preserve the value of remaining capital?

I managed to benefit from an inheritance lump sum payment overseas. After paying off my debts, I will still have majority of that inheritance lump sum. My goal for that money is to preserve its value. ...
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Risks of using a “free” (non-fee-only) financial planner for investing a substantial sum?

I have a substantial (at least to me) amount of money from the sale of a second home. The money is momentarily in a savings account at a big branch bank in the US. The amount is such that I have ...
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Should the poor consider investing as a means to becoming rich? [closed]

Obviously the first idea that pops into anyone's head, rich or otherwise, would not be to become "rich" or "richer" from investing. Nevertheless, I read a book that got me thinking (can't say it's ...