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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What does pink-sheet mean related to stocks?

I see the term pink-sheet mentioned a lot in context of stocks. What does it mean?
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Can you calculate the ROI on your credit score?

I've heard it said from people who work in the industry that your credit rating isn't a measure of your ability to pay, but rather a measure of how profitable a customer you are. I've also heard ...
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To rebalance or not to rebalance

I have not been able to understand the concept of rebalancing in investing. To me it's a form of the gambler's fallacy. Let: s_n = stock price at time n s_{n+1} = stock price at time n+1 E[x] is ...
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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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Which US market indexes (Dow/DJIA, S&P500, NASDAQ) include reinvested dividends?

Which major US market indexes (Dow/DJIA, S&P 500, NASDAQ) include returns from reinvested dividends, and which don't? Where can "total return" information be found for each index that doesn't ...
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What does CAGR mean when it is used in relation to a company stock?

I saw this abbreviation CAGR related to stocks and financial statements and I am not sure what it is. Can you please explain it to me?
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Shares; are they really only for the rich/investors?

I've always been under the impression, that if you want to be a player in the "shares game" you either have to be an full time investor, or someone who has a lot of money to play with. Is this true? ...
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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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What is the PEG ratio? How is the PEG ratio calculated? How is the PEG ratio useful for stock investing?

What is the PEG ratio? How is the PEG ratio calculated? How is the PEG ratio useful for stock investing? Are higher or lower PEG values better for a stock - and why?
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How can I profit on the Chinese Real-Estate Bubble?

How can I profit on the Chinese Real-Estate Bubble?
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What are the important differences between mutual funds and Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)?

I've been considering, but haven't committed myself yet to investing in Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), but have to admit that I don't yet fully understand the use-case for them. What factors are ...
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How can put options be used to buy shares at a lower price?

How to use puts, if you are a net buyer of stocks? I read an article about Warren Buffet buying Burlington Northern stocks and how he used puts to lower the buying price of the shares. Please, ...
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Should we use an expected inheritance to invest in a rental property with cash, i.e. no mortgage?

My wife and I will be getting an inheritance soon. There are many ways to invest this money. One thought we had was to take advantage of the down real estate market and buy a house for a rental ...
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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 does market cap (or market capitalization) mean?

When I look at my Google finance page, and I look at a company, lets say Citigroup for example, and I see that the market cap is 83.45 billion, what does that mean? Does that mean Stock Price X ...
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Most common types of financial scams an individual investor should beware of?

We've probably all heard of the Ponzi Scheme, made famous first by Charles Ponzi and more recently by Bernie Madoff: In March 2009, Madoff pleaded guilty to 11 felonies and admitted to turning ...
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What are “preferred” stocks? How are they different from normal (common) stocks?

What are "preferred" stocks? How are they different from normal (common) stocks that you can buy on a stock exchange?
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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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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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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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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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Is there anything material I might own (aside from a house) that would increase in value?

Say, for instance, diamonds, or gold? Watches?
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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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What low-fee & liquid exchange-traded index funds / ETFs should I consider holding in a retirement portfolio?

I'm still (one year later) going through an exercise to restructure my retirement portfolio. To date, I've been using a mix of exchange-traded index funds. Some trade on the TSX, and others trade in ...
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Is it better for a public company to increase its dividends, or institute a share buyback?

When a company is profitable and generating substantial positive cash flow, is it better from the company's perspective to have a dividend increase, or institute a share repurchasing program? From an ...
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Online tutorials for calculating DCF (Discounted Cash Flow)?

What is the best online tutorial to learn calculating DCF (Discounted Cash Flow) for a stock?
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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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Should I buy individual bonds for my retirement portfolio, or stick to funds/ETFs?

To avoid the fees on bond mutual funds or exchange traded funds I have been thinking of buying actual bonds inside of my retirement portfolio. Does that make sense or are there drawbacks to consider?
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What is my % return on investment for various home renovations upon resale of my house?

For instance, I've heard that there is a minimum 75% return-on-investment ("ROI") on bathroom and kitchen renovations - is that an accurate figure? What about the other rooms in my home? Are there ...
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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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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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How exactly do dividend reinvestment plans (DRIPs) work?

And where can I find out what companies offer them? Are there good resources for information on these plans?
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Is an RESP the best investment option for my young child?

I recently had a baby and am thinking about opening an RESP to save for his education. Is this the best way to invest my money? Is there a chance of losing money this way?
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How much does it cost to buy mutual funds? Where can I find about about the charges?

Regarding investing in mutual funds: How much does it cost to buy mutual funds? Where can I find about about the charges?
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Are quarterly earnings released first via a press release on the investor website, via conference call, or does it vary by company?

Are quarterly earnings released first via a press release on the investor website, via conference call, or does it vary by company?
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How many days do I have to hold a stock before it is considered a capital gain by the CRA?

I want to sell a Canadian stock from my investment account that I bought a month ago. The stock makes about 20% gain and I am afraid it might go down in the further. If I sell it now, will Canada ...
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Does dollar cost averaging really work?

Does dollar cost averaging really work? If I have money available now, why shouldn't I invest it all at once? If the market's going up, wouldn't that be better?
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Should I put more money down on one property and pay it off sooner or hold on to the cash?

I've a huge chunk of money saved up for a down payment on a property that I'd eventually like to pay off and use as a rental. The assumption is that the property value will go up substantially over ...
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Should I keep most of my banking, credit, and investment accounts at the same bank?

I have two bank accounts (checking and saving), some credit cards (3), a mortgage, an investment account, and an individual retirement account. Right now all of those accounts except two of the credit ...
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What is the theory behind diversification? Why does it work?

We are told always that diversification in a portfolio is good. "Don't put all your eggs in one basket." But is there mathematical theory behind diversification to back up the advice?
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Pension or Property: Should I invest in more properties, or in a pension?

I do not have a pension but have a rental property (which breaks even). Question is, do I invest in more properties or take out a pension ? I am worried if I go down the pension route I would lose ...
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Are premium bonds a good investment?

As a UK higher rate tax payer, I was tempted to invest in premium bonds because prizes are tax free. However they recently dropped their effective rate, and apart from the slim chance of winning a big ...
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TFSA vs. RRSP… Best retirement approach

What's the best retirement strategy? Assuming I have $1000 and room in both my TFSA and RRSP contribution, where should the $1000 go?
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What is the current US-Canadian agreement on withholding taxes for US Investment income?

Withholding tax credits have changed over the past few years. What is the agreement between Canada and USA related to how much can be claimed and how much must be applied for as a reimbursement?
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What are the best options for an RESP for my 2 year old kid?

Just starting to look into RESPs for my kid. There are RESP funds, or I could just throw money in a GIC... wondering where else I should look... and what I can do.
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What kind of investments should I have in my RRSP?

I plan to retire in 15-20 years... what kind of investments should I consider holding in my RRSP? I don't like very risky investments, but I also don't want to be too conservative.
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What's an Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF)?

I've been hearing a lot about exchange-traded funds, or ETFs. What exactly are they, and how would I use them?