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Discussions about different investment strategies, and their different outcomes.

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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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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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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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Would compound interest work better if all my accounts were combined into one?

My wife and I currently have three retirement accounts from different jobs. The only one currently getting paid into is my TSP account. Would we realize better gains if we combined the other two ...
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Why invest for the long-term rather than buy and sell for quick, big gains?

Somewhat along the lines of this question. I've been putting mostly unmatched money into my 401(k) for a few years. I know that investing is generally seen as a long-term decision, but with volatile ...
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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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Trading stock more quickly vs. holding it

coming from the ETF-world I seem to be getting the advice: buy a solid stock like $AAPL or $AMZN and hold it for years to come. In the case of Apple you at least get dividends. But they alone are not ...
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Why does Warren Buffett say his fund performance, relatively, is likely to be better in a bear market than in a bull market?

Currently, I am reading his annual letter. In his letter, he always says that his fund performance is likely to be better in a bear market than in a bull market, but I don't know why. Could someone ...
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Why pay estimated taxes?

It looks like the tax investment penalty is about 2.6%, which makes me wonder why anyone pays quarterly estimated taxes. Wouldn't you be better off putting that money into stocks and using the ...
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What investment strategy is currently being hawked on FM radio commercials?

I've heard similar radio commercials in multiple states now. A guy says he can teach you how to invest where you'll "get the full return in the good years, but be protected from crashes" (paraphrased)....
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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Dollar cost averaging vs buy low/sell high

It is often said that we should "Buy low, sell high". But we can't know when the market is at its low or high. Another phrase we hear is "dollar cost averaging" Consider: A long term young ...
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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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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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Pros/cons of borrowing money using a mortgage loan and investing it in a low-fee index fund?

I'm wondering if this investment strategy would work: I get a mortgage loan for $300K at a 3% rate (realistic for current 5-year fixed mortgage rates here in Canada). I invest the proceeds in a low-...
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Savings advice for a 16 year old with £20,000 - convicing my parents that investing this into a property is a bad idea

My younger brother runs a small yet lucrative business in his free time. He has accumulated around £20k in a very short time. My mother wants him to put this money into buying a property, i.e: a ...
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What to do with $2115 disposable income per month?

I want to start investing money, as low risk as possible, but with a percentage growth of at least 4% over 10 - 15 years. I won't need this money until then so can handle locking it away or risking a ...
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Should I worry too much about saving my 20% down before buying my first house?

I am not too sure when exactly am I going to be buying the house. I can safely say that it would be between 2-5 years. However, I have no idea on exactly when. It all depends on market conditions and ...
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Are parking spaces and garage boxes a good investment?

Suppose, the following scenario: You have an investment budget available to buy a parking space or garage box. (In Belgium that would be around €25000 ($30K).) currently the saving accounts make less ...
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Savings Accounts for Future Child Expenses

If I were looking to have a kid in the next 3-6 years, what (if any) tax-advantaged plans exist to help saving for future, related expenses? To be more specific, there are numerous types of savings ...
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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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Smart Investments With No Risk

I have a chunk of money, around $20,000. I don't want to touch it until I am ready to buy a house, which could be anytime within the next 2-5 years. What would be the smartest way to make some money ...
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Ways to invest my saved money in Germany in a halal way?

I will be graduating soon from university with a masters degree in computer science. I will get a good salary when I start working and I will save about 1000 euros each month. However I'm looking for ...
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Transitioning from paper-trading (demo trading) to real trading?

I have two questions here: When one first starts trading, what are some things that one encounters that paper-trading does not prepare one for? The most common response I see for this question is, ...
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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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Are social/responsible stock funds pointless? [duplicate]

The ESG funds are becoming more and more popular. (ESG = Environmental, Social and Governance). But I am wondering if it makes sense for stock funds? If you buy a stock fund, the only consequence is ...
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What does it mean that a mutual fund is some percentage “short in cash” or “long in cash”?

http://portfolios.morningstar.com/fund/summary?t=PTTRX&region=usa&culture=en-US Trying to understand this fund as I'm learning more about it. I don't understand this: What does it mean when ...
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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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Balanced medium horizon investment for today's situation?

I am looking for a balanced investment for a medium term (max 8 years). At the beginning I looked at bonds in their different forms, but actually they offer almost the same interest rate as saving ...
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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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Jazz Musician/Software developer seeking investment strategies

I'm a jazz musician from Argentina, and, as you may already know, music hardly pays the bills. At the moment I'm working as a part-time software developer (something I've learned by myself in my spare ...
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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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Investment strategy for retired couple

My parents are retired (71 and 75), their house is paid off, and they have a moderate amount of savings between some IRAs and bank accounts. All of their savings is in cash or money markets, and it ...
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On the strategic interest of giving long lasting stock orders

What is the interest of any buyer (or seller) of shares to give a long-lasting buy (or sell) order? I will give an example. Let's say I own shares, currently priced at $10, of a pharmaceutical ...
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30, debt free and looking to invest $500-$1,000 a month [closed]

I'm 30, debt-free, make max contributions to my Roth IRA and 401(k) and have six months of living expenses in a high-yield online savings account. I live frugally and am gainfully employed. At this ...
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200K 10-Year Investment Safest 5% Annual Return?

I have $200k and want to set aside for 10 years. I know to be really safe I have to go for 10 year CD. I can get close to 3% CD from my brokerage account. I am a little greedy and would like to get 5%....
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pros and cons of HSA in Investment account

I have my HSA that is currently in savings or checking account. The Insurance company provides option to keep the money in Investment account. What are the pros and cons of parking HSA fund in ...
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Ownership in company and rounds of investment

I negotiated a deal with a startup when they wanted me to move overseas to work with them and I effectively received 2% ownership of the company plus a nice salary. The company is getting ready to ...
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Using a HELOC as downpayment

My wife and I bought a fourplex in Los Angeles a year ago. It has been a good experience, and we would like to buy a second investment property, but we don't have enough cash for a decent downpayment. ...
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Superannuation: When low risk options have higher return, what to do?

I have heard many times that if you are a young worker who still has many many years ahead of you before you retire, you should choose a relatively high risk/return investment option for your super, ...
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How is negative gearing a good thing?

In Australia investors buy investment properties that are negatively geared to save tax. A lot of articles on property investment say that one of the cons of having a positively geared property is you ...
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What's the smartest way to invest money gifted to a child?

I have two sets of very doting grandparents with the first grandchild in the family, and as such, they are being fairly generous already (Not even a year old yet) with giving money and other items. ...
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When stock falls, wait until it rises for not losing money?

If you buy some stocks and the market prices plummet, does it make any sense to hold the stocks just to see if it goes up again, so you don't lose money? The only advantage I can think of is ...
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Why do people invest in mutual fund rather than directly buying shares?

I have seen a lot of people investing in a mutual fund rather than buying the shares directly. Though buying shares gives higher return, people tend to invest in mutual funds more.

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