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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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What to Look for in ETF

I wish to invest ETF. Sure, I can see what companies it comprise of. Sure, I can open brokerage account in my bank, etc. How do I know the ETF I purchase is legitimate? What if the ETF is fooling ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Has anyone found U.S. Savings Bonds to be effective investing?

Since I was a small child, my grandparents have given all of their grandchildren savings bonds on our birthdays. I'm not sure if it makes a difference, but they are always "EE" series. I had to use ...
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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 to do with small dividends in brokerage account?

I just got paid some dividends from an ETF that I own. It is only $4, which is sitting as cash in my brokerage account. I'm aware that this is a very tiny amount of money in the grand scheme of things,...
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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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At tax time, what is the proper way to report cryptocurrency earnings and fiat income when you've started with “nothing”?

Back in 2011 I started mining Bitcoin. I earned no more than .75 BTC. At that time, it was worth no more than $0.75. I began to trade my bitcoins for alt-coins. Regarding taxes and cryptocurrencies ...
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What kinds of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) should specifically be avoided?

This is related to my other question. There, I was asking what exchange traded funds I should consider for inclusion in my retirement portfolio. That got me thinking: What kinds of exchange-traded ...
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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 ...
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Can a company have a credit rating better than that of the country where it is located?

Inspired by this question. In one personal finance book I read that if a company is located in a country with credit rating X it can't have credit rating better (lower - i.e. further from AAA level) ...
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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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More money towards down payment versus long-term investments

Background: I am married with no kids (but anticipating them at some point) and no debt at all. My spouse and I have an emergency fund, both fully fund our retirement accounts, and are also keenly ...
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Is it still insider trading if no benefit was exchanged or received from the information?

Note - I have seen the other questions but they are still vague and explanations parsimonious. Is it still considered insider trading if no benefit was exchanged or received from the information? ...
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Invest in low cost small cap index funds when saving towards retirement?

This is a question about "Personal investing and asset allocation". About me: I earn more than I spend I may retire in 15 or 20 years, and I have savings to be invested in something or managed ...
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Is the Yale/Swenson Asset Allocation Too Conservative for a 20 Something?

Is the Yale Portfolio by David Swenson: http://www.etftopics.com/yale-etf-portfolio/ Too conservative for a twenty-something with a mid-sized portfolio (under $100K)? What are some of the pro's and ...
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Dollar-cost averaging: How often should one use it? What criteria to use when choosing stocks to apply it to?

This may seem like a simplistic question, but I haven't found any great answers on it yet. How often should one use dollar-cost averaging? What criteria do you use when choosing a stock to apply ...
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What choices should I consider for investing money that I will need in two years?

I have around 100k in cash that I would like to put to work. Property I've heard breaks even after 3 years, so this is not an option. I do not know enough about the stock market to want to gamble ...
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How does the purchase of shares on the secondary market benefit the issuing company?

Purchasing common stock is often described as making an investment in the company. In exchange for this investment, you receive shares of the company's profits and, hopefully, you see some capital ...
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Split buying a house 3 ways. How do I approach this?

A couple of unrelated friends and I are interested in buying a condo and splitting it three ways. We will be using it interchangeably as a rental property as well as living in it ourselves sometimes. ...
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In the U.S., what is the easiest way to buy Australian government bonds?

The NY Times says: He cited the example of buying a one-year Australian government bond, yielding 5.25 percent. He said he believed that the American dollar was going to lose value and the ...
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Why do people claim that Stock Markets are broadly exponential in the long term?

I've always heard Stock investment being described in terms of getting X% return per-year in the long-running. But looking at the FTSE in the long-term doesn't suggest an exponential growth? See below,...
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Why have I never seen a stock split?

I know it happens, but I've never seen it once. I'm a total stock amateur; I just invest small-scale amounts that I have to spare for the sake of experience/practice and a maybe a little fun. But ...
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World Indexes - Variance between representation of a country's stocks and the country's proportion of world GDP

As an example, over 50% of stocks listed in the FTSE All-World Index are USA based. (see bottom of page 3 in the index's fact sheet) or see image below. However, the USA only comprises of around 25% ...
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Income vs growth securities in a downturn

It's generally accepted that "income (dividends) and growth (capital gains) are perfect substitutes (tax and transaction costs aside)". i.e. "In financial theory, there is no reason for a difference ...
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Safer investing (401k/savings) assuming there will be another banking crisis?

Assuming one or more of the big investment banks incurs unsustainable investment losses leading to another banking crisis, what is the safest place to invest my 401k?
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How to Select IRA Investments?

I'm helping a friend roll over his 401K into an IRA. How can I advise him as he selects what to invest his money in? Factors I know to consider: Rate of return over 1, 3, 5, and 10 years (and ...
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Over the long term, why invest in bonds?

Over the long term, stocks have historically beaten bond returns, even after accounting for the periodic market crashes. The general consensus is that your portfolio should at least be 25% in bonds. ...
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Do you micro-manage index fund purchases to a particular day of the month?

I have setup automatic withdrawal with my brokerage to purchase shares of an S&P500 Index fund the 8th of every month. When I first caught wind of the USA credit downgrade Saturday morning, I ...
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Are there any tax-beneficial accounts in the Netherlands, like the UK's ISA or US's Roth or 401K?

I am a 31-year-old non-Dutch British citizen, living and working permanently in the Netherlands, looking for a better way to save my money for the long term (primarily retirement). I am searching for ...
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Investment options in Australia

I am an Australian PR and say I have 10,000 AUD in my savings account. Currently my bank offers a 4% interest rate credited monthly to my account. I do not need access to this money for another 2 ...
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What 25-day investment, principal guaranteed, can be used for credit card arbitrage?

What is the most profitable 25-day investment I can make that guarantees that I at least get the principal back? Notes: Many brokers accept credit card deposits w/ no fees, and the credit card ...
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Are real estate prices memory-less?

Stock prices are claimed by some/most to be "memory-less" - there is no evident correlation between past performance of a stock, to its future performance. Do real estate prices exhibit similar ...
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Is there any evidence that “growth”-style indexes and growth ETFs outperform their respective base indexes?

For example Vanguard has the Vanguard S&P 500 ETF and the Vanguard S&P 500 Growth ETF. Just looking at the returns, it looks like the growth ETF has outperformed the S&P 500 ETF: ... but ...
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How to transfer personal earnings to a company

Say I work in the US and am using my personal earnings to bootstrap a small company. What is the proper way to transfer my personal wages into the company account? Do I just cut my company a check? ...
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Investing using leverage

As a trader, I understand the premise of Leverage and Margined accounts. I understand that it is almost necessary to use leverage in order to make money from trading. But the question is about ...
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How to start investing/thinking about money as a young person?

I have about 10k GBP in my bank, and I know for most of you that is not a huge amount. However, I will finish university soon and I would like to have in the back of my mind about how to start ...
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When to start investing in an index fund? Wait for a bear market, use dollar cost-averaging, or another approach?

I think index funds are one of the best investment tools for the defensive investor. Still, when should one start investing money in an index fund? It could result in a loss to get in at the top of a ...
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Buying Whole Life Insurance with adjustable term protection at 27?

I am a 27 year old male with no dependents, not married, $60,000/year income, and a poor family health history(Dad died of heart attack, mom of cancer, 3 living brothers with heart attack, diabetes, ...
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Is SIPC a scam or does it protect investors from fraud?

I was trying to understand if SIPC is going to protect me. Despite the higher limit, even for small investors, it can be a problem if I consider https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/why-brokerage-...
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Is there an investment vehicle that simplifies the work of setting up a bond or CD ladder?

I am interested in investing a portion of my portfolio in fixed-income investments, as anemic as they are lately. Conventional logic says that it might be smart in such a down market to use a ...
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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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We're taking a sabbatical in less than two years. Ideas for investing money until then?

My wife and I are planning on taking a sabbatical year off in 2016. We are following a path of 6 years of working very hard, 1 year rest and reflection, repeat. I realize this is not suited to all, ...

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