Questions tagged [investing]

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.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
12
votes
5answers
36k views

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 ...
12
votes
4answers
5k views

Have I left investing until too late?

I'm 44 and have only the investment of a house. I was scared off ISAs (individual savings accounts) etc because of the complexity, choice, etc and only now have I come to make the decision to open an ...
12
votes
7answers
767 views

Are Kiva or other microlending institutions a decent way to improve overall yield?

Have you used Kiva.org, Microplace.com or any other microlending institutions? Any positive or negative experiences? Does this seem like a decent way to improve overall yield, assuming I'm willing ...
12
votes
3answers
753 views

Does the USA have a Gold reserve?

The intent and context of this question relates to what could possibly cause a huge crash in gold prices in the future. From a layman's perspective, if tonnes of gold are found in a mine somewhere - ...
12
votes
2answers
8k views

How can I replicate Vanguard's Total Stock Market Index using their S&P 500 and extended stock market funds?

I want to approximate the total United States stock market with part of my 401(k). I have access to two low-cost index mutual funds: VIIIX, which tracks the S&P 500 (large cap), and VIEIX, which ...
12
votes
1answer
3k views

200%+ return in 10 years from......bonds?

I read an article this morning about a million dollar bet Warren Buffett made with a hedge fund that would take 10 years to determine the outcome. They didn't each put down a million dollars, rather, ...
12
votes
4answers
498 views

How do you balance the risk of having your wealth tied up?

I'm at the point in my financial life we're I'm ready to start investing for retirement in earnest, and I'm planning to invest 15% of my income into retirement accounts, but I hear a lot of stories ...
12
votes
4answers
981 views

Why are some funds only recommended for investors starting out?

I am 23 years old and have been in industry for a couple years and my savings have grown to an amount whereby GIC's are no longer good enough. Since I bank with TD Canada Trust, there seems to be a ...
12
votes
1answer
1k views

How can stockbrokers be so cheap in the U.S.?

How do stockbrokers in the U.S. manage to be so cheap? In Germany, I know a few brokers but at most of them, the cost of an order is over 5€ (approx. 6$) every time. In the states, you have brokers ...
12
votes
3answers
3k views

Withdrawing qualified HSA expenses many years later, to earn interest?

Say I have $2000 in my HSA account and have a $1000 medical bill in 2012. If I were to pay the $1000 bill out of pocket and let that $1k left earn interest in my HSA for a significant amount of time (...
12
votes
1answer
11k views

Why was S&P 500 PE Ratio so high on May 2009

When I looked at S&P 500 PE Ratio chart today, I am surprised that the PE ratio was so high on May 2009, which was 123.73, and it decreased dramatically afterwards. I have no idea why this ...
12
votes
2answers
493 views

Why companies appear in several stock exchanges?

Let's say I want to buy stocks of Sinopec which is a Chinese company. I would expect to buy it from HKS and in local currency. With the Degiro broker which is Dutch, I see "Sinopec Shangai Petrochem-H ...
12
votes
2answers
1k views

Where should I store some cash that I need to be somewhat liquid?

I've got under $10,000 that I want to put somewhere more awesome than my no interest checking account. So far American Express Personal Savings at 1.15% APY is sounding nice. I can transfer out of it ...
12
votes
3answers
3k views

What are investment options for young married couple with no debt that have maxed out retirement savings?

Currently my wife and I are both working with decent salaries. We currently max our our 401k and we max out contributions to our Roth IRA. We are pretty set in terms of saving for retirement. The ...
12
votes
5answers
401 views

What to sell when your financial needs change, stocks or bonds?

Say I have a portfolio composed of 80% index funds, and 20% bonds. This portfolio was created under the assumption I would have a relatively large income, and wouldn't need to withdraw any funds for a ...
12
votes
2answers
1k views

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 ...
12
votes
2answers
826 views

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 ...
12
votes
3answers
854 views

$700 guaranteed to not be touched for 15 years+, should I put it anywhere other than a savings account?

My daughter's piggy-bank was recently broken, and so we took the opportunity to count up the money saved, and put it away. We have an on-going account that we put money into every paycheck through an ...
12
votes
2answers
560 views

How do I account for newly added money when computing my rate of return?

I have a simple spreadsheet where I track the balance in my investment account. What should I do to handle new deposits in the account? For example: End of Day 1: balance = $100 End of Day 2: $...
12
votes
2answers
4k views

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?
12
votes
3answers
3k views

Couch Potato Portfolio for Europeans?

I recently came across the Couch Potato Portfolio concept and was happy to find an investment strategy that made sense to me. Its origin seems to be the Canadian version, and it has been translated ...
12
votes
1answer
1k views

Buy a parking spot and rent it out, or invest savings in an interest-bearing account?

I've saved some money and now I'm thinking about two things to do with it: Buy a parking spot (~20.000) and rent it (~90 month) Put in a account that give me about (3% year) but I can't decide ...
12
votes
2answers
992 views

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 ...
12
votes
2answers
5k views

A good investment vehicle for saving for a mortgage down payment?

I've calculated that I will be able to save approximately enough for a 20-25% down payment on a home (at my back-end-ratio affordability level) in the next 2-3 years. I'm maxing out contributions to ...
12
votes
2answers
10k views

Do margins on a brokerage account affect your credit score?

If you have the ability to trade on margin, will this improve your credit history/score? If you refuse to pay the margin and lack the funds to pay for the money borrowed, I understand that it can ...
12
votes
1answer
9k views

Selling dividend securities in after-market hours: Who gets the dividend?

Consider this scenario: During normal market hours, you buy a security 1 day before the ex dividend date. You sell this security in after market trading that same day. Who gets the dividend, you or ...
11
votes
3answers
6k views

Will Humbled Trader sessions be profitable?

I am tempted to buy Humbled Trader "premarket daily trading plan and discussion" subscription of Humbled Trader. Question: How profitable is it likely to be, based on the following facts? ...
11
votes
11answers
18k views

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 ...
11
votes
3answers
3k views

Is my investment strategy a form of fundamental indexing?

I have a peculiar investment strategy for building up my portfolio. I invest in companies that produce what I need. To illustrate my investment strategy, it works in the following manner: I identify ...
11
votes
8answers
2k views

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&...
11
votes
7answers
8k views

Is there a general guideline for what percentage of a portfolio should be in gold?

I have some gold (GLD), but not much - a little over 1% of my net worth, and about 2% of my non-retirement investments. I'd like to increase this position as an inflation hedge and to have something ...
11
votes
4answers
12k views

Is it bad practice to invest in stocks that fluctuate by single points throughout the day?

It seems like a no-brainer to me: Find a cheap stock with a good name (Dell, FB, Sony) that fluctuates by a few dollars per day (between -$2 and +$2), and is consistent in the fluctuation throughout ...
11
votes
7answers
2k views

What is the difference between speculating and investing?

I keep hearing people saying that a speculation is NOT an investment, but isn't it really just investment with high risk?
11
votes
6answers
5k views

Company revenue increased however stock price did not

Recently I have been looking into putting money into some stocks. I am really trying to learn about where and how to put my money in as I do not have a lot to start and was looking at some penny ...
11
votes
2answers
1k views

Does a disciplined stock investor stick with their original sell strategy, or stay in and make more?

I purchased 20 shares of tesla Feb 10th or 11th at $146.63 a share. I had a strong indication that the stock price over corrected with the downturn in the market and also the quarterly reports. I also ...
11
votes
6answers
842 views

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 ...
11
votes
6answers
3k views

Do I end up richer paying down a mortgage or contributing to an IRA?

I have $10,000 extra cash that I can either use to pay down my 5% mortgage, or contribute to my IRA. I'm 30 years old. I hope to pay off the mortgage in about 5 years. I'm stymied, because: Paying ...
11
votes
2answers
1k views

Why don't all dividend-yielding companies offer dividend reinvestment plans (DRIPs)?

My uneducated guess is that dividend reinvestments seem to be a win-win situation between companies and shareholders. As a result, I wonder why some dividend-yielding companies do not offer dividend ...
11
votes
5answers
3k views

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 ...
11
votes
4answers
4k views

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 ...
11
votes
6answers
2k views

Buying gold / silver as a hedge against hyperinflation

I'm becoming more interested in buying gold / silver coins as a hedge against inflation and especially hyperinflation. I know very little about this, and there are thousands of sites on the internet ...
11
votes
4answers
87k views

How does compound interest work with stocks? [duplicate]

I just learned about compound interest, and I want to know if I understood it right: You buy a stock, and then you just keep it. And over time, you will just earn interest on your interest. Is that ...
11
votes
3answers
25k views

What do "unsettled funds" mean?

I sold my ETFs today in a non-margin account in an online trading platform. 99.99% of my account currently consists of unsettled funds. What does it mean that they are "unsettled funds"? Does it mean ...
11
votes
5answers
16k views

What percentage of my portfolio should be in individual stocks?

It's easy to find guidelines for how much of my non-retirement portfolio should be in stocks as an asset class (i.e. via mutual funds) but I'm having trouble finding recommendations for how much ...
11
votes
1answer
2k views

Moving a 401k balance to multiple FDIC-insured IRAs to protect my funds against being wiped out by a market crash?

My wife and I are living on our Social Security benefits. I've been very pleased with the growth of my Fidelity 401k in my former employer's retirement plan. As far as I know, I can leave my balance ...
11
votes
3answers
2k views

Detangle this potential scam?

My cousin [we'll call him Chuck] has gotten involved with an investment "tutor" [we'll call him Tim] that has "hired" Chuck to make investments for Tim. From what I understand, Tim allows Chuck to ...
11
votes
2answers
2k views

How can I tell what is "real" Motley Fool advice? [duplicate]

I clicked on a link and was taken to a video, which troubled me a bit and is a bit different from what I expect of the Motley Fool, of which people have presented as offering advice like "Live below ...
11
votes
4answers
968 views

How should one structure a portfolio given the possibility that a Total Stock Market Index might decline and not recover for a long time?

It's a common financial advice to buy an index and hold it forever. Particularly, John Bogle endorsed buying an S&P 500 index and just hold it / buy more of it during bear markets so you get ...
11
votes
6answers
720 views

Entering the stock market in a poor economy

I'm sitting on a reasonable pile of cash, earning negligible interest in a bank savings account. After determining that I can live without this money for 5-10 years, I decided it would be best put ...
11
votes
4answers
1k views

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,...

1
4 5
6
7 8
62