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Investing is the process of buying assets such as securities, real estate and other items of value that will hopefully increase in value over time, providing a return in the form of income payments or capital gains.

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Building a source of passive income: How can I start? [closed]

For the past couple of months I have been researching, specifically on how to generate or build up a second source of passive income, I am obsessed with the fact of making another source of income at ...
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How can so many ETFs tracking the same index coexist?

I understand that different ETFs may cost different amounts of money per share, as you are buying a proportional amount of each company on the index, but why can two ETFs that cost roughly the same ...
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How do I participate in Treasury auctions with my millions of dollars?

Note: I do not actually have millions of dollars, but seemed like a good question. Let's say you had $10 million dollars in cash in your bank account and you needed it to be a) safe b) liquid and c) ...
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Where should I park my money if I'm pessimistic about the economy and I think there will be high inflation?

I'm in Australia. My prediction is the economy isn't going to fare very well. I also think that the property market is going to drop. I also think there will be high inflation to come. I can explain ...
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Own my home, have no debt, and must start taking RMDs on an Inherited IRA. What should I do?

My father passed away and I have a sizable amount of money in an inherited IRA (about 2 times my yearly salary). I don't have any debt to pay off as I already own my home, auto, no credit card debt, ...
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Is it an OK strategy to sell whenever an investment gains value above a threshold?

Let's say I bought 10k worth of stock A and it appreciates to $10,500. Is it OK to sell part of it worth $500 and do this whenever stock appreciates that much? Too often it drops back under $10k if ...
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What are the marks of poor investment advice?

What are the marks of poor investment advice? Basically, how do you evaluate whether the investment advice someone is giving you is good or bad?
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Pros & cons in Hungary of investing retirement savings exclusively in silver? What better alternatives, given my concerns?

For my retirement savings, my strategy is to buy a decent amount of silver (8% of my salary, roughly 1 month) every year to put away in coin form. I am currently investing in nothing else for the long ...
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What assets would be valuable in a post-apocalyptic scenario?

In spite of the tendency for people to think of gold and diamonds as an emergency store of value for a shit-hits-the-fan scenario, I have a hard time understanding how owning physical gold would ...
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Why do stocks necessarily drop during a recession?

Why do stocks drop during a recession? Where does the money go in favor of these assets? Or is the first question not true?
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What's is the easiest way to purchase a stock and hold it [closed]

I'd like to invest some cash (just few thousands) that is currently sitting on my bank account. There are few companies I believe will significantly increase their value in the next years (let's say ...
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Why does the share price tend to fall if a company's profits decrease, yet remain positive?

I often see news reports along the lines of "Company X has posted a profit of $100 million, 20% lower than the previous year." This kind of news frequently causes the company's share price to fall. ...
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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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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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Is it possible to violate SEC rules within a retail brokerage account?

I am a small buy-and-hold investor. I recently asked a question about pump and dump scams: Will I be investigated if I regularly profit from pump and dump scams? One interesting comment by user @Steve-...
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What is a large sudden jump (or dip) and instantaneous recovery in a stock price [duplicate]

So why did the price tank all of a sudden and then came back to normal? What does it mean?
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How can I determine if my rate of return is "good" for the market I am in?

I am considering a small investment to get started with. What percent rate of return is considered to be good return on investments made in a stock market? I read somewhere that 25-30% is considered ...
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Why are options more popular than futures among retail investors?

I am puzzled as to why options seem to be more popular than futures among retail investors. Brokerage firms seem to emphasize their options offerings more than their futures offerings. On Robinhood, ...
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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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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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Can I avoid capital gains tax if I sell only the amount I put in and leave the rest?

I haven't found a definite written answer, probably because it is implied. However, I'd really love confirmation if anyone can verify my assumption, before I make a decision. Say I bought 10 shares of ...
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How much power does a CEO have over a public company?

I want to invest in a public company and I want to know: Exactly how much power does the CEO has over what the public company does? Can a CEO control a public company even though he doesn't own a ...
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Why would I want a diversified portfolio, versus throwing my investments into an index fund?

Index funds are well-known to give the best long-term investment. However, most financial planners recommend having a diversified portfolio, including components such as bonds and foreign markets. I ...
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Why is there a distinction between growth and value investing, when growth is part of value?

I regularly come across articles about "growth vs value investing", "growth stocks beat value stocks", etc. Why is there a distinction between growth investing and value investing ...
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What does it mean if a company pays a quarterly dividend? How much would I get quarterly?

If I have a single share, lets say in Google which is currently worth 605.79. Lets say they pay out the dividends quarterly. What does that mean and how much would I get quarterly?
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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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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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WSJ article about CFDs - am I missing something?

In this WSJ article, it comments Traders held a net $22.6 billion in bets that the dollar will appreciate, a gain of 31% in net wagers over the previous week and the largest such position since ...
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Risks of using home equity for high risk market investing

I bought a home after the market crash in 2009 and I have quite a bit of equity in it now (100k). I still have 20 years until I retire and currently my main brokerage account is very high risk / high ...
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Does Joel Greenblatt's "Magic Formula Investing" really beat the market?

Background Joel Greenblatt's book "The little blue book that beats the market" is based on the premise that he has developed a magic formula. I am heavily skeptical of anyone who claims that they ...
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What is this type of risk-free investment called?

My mother told me that in 1994, she had $10K to put into a savings account or CD. She went to the local Citibank and didn't like the interest rates that they were offering on their savings/CD ...
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Making your first million... is easy! (??)

I've seen several people claim "making a million dollars isn't THAT hard these days". Heck, I've seen it here on this forum. Being a complete beginner with investing, business and finance, I wonder ...
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Should I increase my 401(k) contributions, or increase my mortgage payments

I have about $150k remaining to pay on my mortgage. There are 7 years left at a 3% interest rate, then after that the rate goes variable and increases to about 10%+. There's no penalty for paying the ...
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What is the difference between a stock and a bond?

I am just learning about finances (only 14 years old) and have heard about Stocks and Bonds and I would like to know the difference between these two things and wonder why would I invest in one or the ...
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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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Formula like Kelly criterion for choosing how much of an investment to liquidate?

I made a few investments, and surprise, surprise, a few of them shot up in value. Now I'm faced with the dilemma of the greedy: do I sell now and capitalize on existing profits, or do I wait, risking ...
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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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How do I make a small investment in the stock market? What is the minimum investment required?

I am not rich, so I am talking one to two hundred U.S. dollars per month only. I would like to know whether I can buy stock using that little amount of money, and how to do that if possible? As an ...
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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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Can I buy stocks directly from a public company?

Is it possible to buy stock directly from a public company, bypassing a broker? It seems that discount brokers do nothing more than facilitate a trade and take a cut - I'd like to eliminate the ...
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Are there index tracking funds that avoid the "buy high - sell low" problem?

An index tracking fund is a fund that buys direct stocks with a view to directly matching a particular index (e.g. the S&P500 or Russell 2000). One way to allocate assets in such a fund is to ...
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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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Tax treatment of losses from investment trust going bankrupt

I had some funds held in trust by a financial company. Due to malfeasance customer funds went missing and the company went bankrupt. The bankruptcy is going through its course and it looks like the ...
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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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What is a good investment vehicle for introducing kids to investing?

We have been paying our four kids a small allowance. We help them split their money by percentage into different categories (savings, investment, responsibility, school, play, etc.) One of the ...
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Any Experience with the Gone Fishin' Portfolio?

In doing research on How to Select IRA Investments, I stumbled across the Gone Fishin' Portfolio. This link where I found out about the portfolio claims that it is based on the 1990 economics Nobel ...
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What is most time-efficient way to track portfolio asset allocation?

I've recently decided I wanted to track my investments over time so that I could accurately determine really cool financial things like: My actual asset allocation My actual rate of return over time ...
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Capital gains on stocks sold to take initial investment off the table

Suppose I have invested $100K in a stock that was trading at $100 per share. The stock has gone up by 10 percent and is now at $110. I sold 909 units at $110, i.e. 909*$110 ≈ $100K, which is ...
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Can I buy only 4 shares of a company?

I haven't traded yet online but I wanted to try, just to see. I'm in Europe and I'd like to buy 4 shares of Apple (it's about $344 as I write this, so I would invest about $1376). Can I just open up,...
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Is it possible for the average person to profit on the stock market?

Given that hedge funds and trading firms employ scores of highly intelligent analysts, programmers, and managers to game the market, what shot does the average person have at successful investing in ...

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