Questions tagged [investment-strategies]

Discussions about different investment strategies, and their different outcomes.

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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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Does it make sense to buy an index ETF (e.g. S&P 500) when the index is at an all-time high?

I have some money I intend to invest over the next 3-4 years. An important chunk of my portfolio would be invested in a stock market index ETF such as one representing the S&P 500. Unfortunately, ...
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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 ...
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How can I invest my $100?

Is it feasible to invest a very small amount of money? If it is, how can I attain it?
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How to rebalance a portfolio without moving money into losing investments

I've read a number of conflicting opinions on whether portfolio rebalancing is a good idea. The question of whether rebalancing is a good idea has been addressed in some questions here, too, such as ...
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How to rescue my money from negative interest?

My bank has announced negative interest rates starting Q1 2016. I have CHF 250'000 in that savings account (Swiss Francs). Now, pretty much all other banks will probably follow suit soon, if they ...
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Can someone explain the different kinds of annuities?

So in my retirement and personal investing I have some stocks (very little), a Roth IRA, a Roth 401K and a Traditional 401K (later two are from work and I split things right now). At my age and ...
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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 ...
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What are the primary investment strategies people use and why do they use them?

When I first started studying investing the literature I was reading pointed me towards something called technical analysis. As I started asking questions about this trying to determine exactly what ...
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What does a well diversified self-managed investment portfolio look like?

A lot of online blogs and investing material suggest that investing in a single index is not diversified enough to avoid some types of market risk. So the question then is, what does a well ...
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How should I invest my money as a young graduate in Europe?

This is related to this question, but that question's answers are 95% tailored for residents of the US, basically recommending to full out the 401k retirement plan and this and that about stock market ...
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Evidence for timing market in the short run?

I've deposited a sum of money in my Roth IRA and I'd like to invest soon, but I don't a firm deadline. Is there any evidence for a strategy I can use to "time" the market over a short time horizon, or ...
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Downside of having multiple brokerage accounts?

I have around 4-5 long term objectives, that I would like to invest towards separately. I was planning on opening a separate brokerage account for each objective. The benefit would be that each ...
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Where is the boundary between short and long term investment?

It's well known that it's impossible to time the market and therefore short term investment is usually not a good idea for occasional investor. At the same time, long term investment is almost always ...
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How could I calculate the probability of getting wiped out?

Last year I ran a mildly stupid/naive options strategy. It involved picking 10-15 random companies, and then setting up put credit spreads on each one, expiring 1-2 weeks out. I prioritized high ...
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How should i invest $70k - buy a house or other?

I have been saving for a home but TBC on if I will buy one so wanted to ask for advice on what other ideas there may be. I have $20k in cash savings and $50k in stocks. I have 401k currently at $55k I ...
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Why does it seem the best way to make a living is to invest in real estate?

I can't get past the idea that, if you work well in your job, you may get laid off or fired, and companies do not like to hire you when you get past the age 45 or 50. But if you invest in some houses ...
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Realistically, how much do you need to start investing?

I don't have a lump sum but may be able to set aside £2k-3k per month. I am already paying into a pension fund but that seems unlikely to go far. Yet I think it's a good safeguard. Can I start ...
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What's the best way to invest for making regular donations?

Up until now, I've been making my donations to charity in a very naive way, by just skimming the top 'x'% off of my raw income and using that bucket for donations. Recently, I have been making more ...
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Can a small family retire early with 1.2M + a part time job?

Given: Married couple age 40 with one child under 5 $800K combined 401k $400K combined savings/investments No debt 90K average yearly expenses, includes mortgage Is it possible to retire now with ...
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When is the best time to put a large amount of assets in the stock market?

I'm interested in timing with regards to long-term index investing. Based on the advice of The Investor's Manifesto and others (John Bogle, William Bernstein) they stress how big a difference ...
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15 or 30 year mortgage with this "invest the difference" approach?

Two scenarios- 15-year fixed-rate mortgage. After 15 years (the mortgage is paid off) the monthly mortgage amount is invested into an S&P 500 index fund for 15 years. 30-year fixed-rate mortgage....
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What strategy to use if I want to sell a stock, and have a lot of time

Let's say I have some securities (stock/bond/index/etc..) that I want to sell in the near future, but it's not urgent to me, and I can wait for a few weeks if it will help me to maximize the profit. ...
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What do VCs or angel investors really do for their invested businesses? [closed]

I have seen angel investors / venture capitalists on shows like 'Shark Tank' who make claims about how they will benefit the businesses the invest in, more than just that investment. They make claims ...
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Should I do a Rollover 401k instead of a Rollover IRA because of the loan option?

Until now, I was pretty much convinced that rather than rolling over the 401k from my old company to the new company, it is a much better option to roll everything over to a Rollover IRA, and my ...
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Investments that provide cash flow

We have just sold our house and moved into an apartment. This means that we a large sum of cash on hand that is just sitting in our savings account. Roughly $150k. We are therefore looking for ...
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What percentage of my money should I invest outside my country?

I live in India, and invest in both Indian and international equity mutual funds[1]. What percentage of my portfolio should I invest outside India? I thought that since India's GDP is some 3% of the ...
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Can I make financial/investment decisions just by comparing percentages?

I see a lot of investment and personal finance resources that propose scenarios like the following: if you have a loan for a house with a 5% interest rate and additional income after the minimum ...
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Managing investments for multiple goals

I have been investing towards multiple goals, like Retirement, House, Car, Vacation etc. So I make monthly deposits against each of these goals. But I have a single fidelity account for investing, so ...
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Can anyone give me an idea about investment scenario in Germany and the services I might need to be better equiped to invest?

I am 24 years old and have recently started working as a software developer in Germany. At the moment I have not commitments for family or kids and I believe this is the right moment for me to ...
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Protecting onself from steep losses with a stop-limit sell order

I would like to get some feedback if there are any obvious flaws with this strategy of limiting my losses when there's a steep drop in stock price due to negative report after hours. Suppose I own ...
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Why is tax loss harvesting helpful for passive investing?

I am considering opening an account with a robo-advisor (e.g. Wealthfront), and in my research I have seen that robo-advisors often advertise tax loss harvesting as a feature of their accounts. ...
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Dollar cost averaging an expensive asset

Suppose I want to invest $1000 every month in asset X, in order to implement a dollar cost averaging strategy. The idea here is that when X is cheap, I will end up buying more shares with my $1000, ...
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Investing in index fund vs. investing to large-cap companies directly [duplicate]

I'm trying to understand the upsides/downsides of investing to an index fund vs. investing directly to stocks of some best-known and well-established large-cap companies. Every single article on ...
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What makes one smart and/or successful in investing? [closed]

Pretty broad question, but I hear these things thrown around a lot and was wondering if such a canonical or straightforward definition exists. To make this simple: What makes an investor "smart" as ...
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Why buy index funds when they are guaranteed to underperform their index?

I am frequently advised against picking individual stocks. The usual argument is that it is difficult for individual investors to beat stock market indexes. I don't understand this defeatist attitude. ...
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What is Systematic about Systematic Investment Plan (SIP) and who invented it?

What is Systematic about Systematic Investment Plan (SIP) and who invented it ? Even if we invest in real estate, or recurring deposit, we do it systematically; Why is only SIP considered systematic ?...
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Is compounding interest on investments a myth?

I continually see examples encouraging young people to start investing for retirement with graphic examples using compounding interest to show that starting early pays off big. I've always bought into ...
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Can I reverse flip a bad low win rate trading strategy?

Let's say I have designed a terrible trading strategy with a poor win rate of 20% or less. We are not risking more than 1% in a single trade and an excellent risk management and position sizing are in ...