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At what point do index funds become unreliable?

A great deal of analysis on this question relies on misunderstandings of the market or noticing trends that happened at the same time but were not caused by each other. Without knowing your view, I'...
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Why would long-term investor care about volatility?

If you really do not need to withdraw the money, it is just for psychological reasons. Excessive volatility makes many people uneasy and probably rightfully so given the amount of money involved after ...
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What is the real return of a portfolio? Markowitz vs "real" return

Analysis in the Markowitz model is intended to be done over a single investment period (source). Here you've stretched it out to 5 annual periods, so you're outside the bounds of the model. The ...
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At what point do index funds become unreliable?

The argument you are making here is similar to the problem I have with the stronger forms of the efficient market hypothesis. That is if the market already has incorporated all of the information ...
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Why isn't "everyone" short VXX?

Here's a PSA, and a short answer. PSA: Please don't trade things that you don't understand. That's rule #1. Not that you're doing that. You're trying to educate yourself, I can see that clearly. ...
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Why does a call option's price increase with higher volatility?

I agree that high volatility just means the underlying stock price fluctuates more, and it does not imply if the stock is going up or down. But a high volatility in the price of an underlying also ...
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At what point do index funds become unreliable?

As more actively managed funds are driven out of the market, the pricing of individual stocks should become less rational. I.e. more stocks will become underpriced relative to their peers. As stock ...
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What happens to all of the options when they expire?

Options that are not worth exercising just expire. Options that are worth exercising are typically exercised automatically as they expire, resulting in a transfer of stock between the entity that ...
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Why do volatility stocks/ETFs (TVIX, VXX, UVXY) trend down in the long-term?

In an attempt to express this complicated fact in lay terms I shall focus exclusively on the most influential factor effecting the seemingly bizarre outcome you have noted, where the price chart of ...
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What are some signs that the stock market might crash?

Although it is impossible to predict the next stock market crash, what are some signs or measures that indicate the economy is unstable? These questions are really two sides of the same coin. As ...
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At what point do index funds become unreliable?

private investors that don't have the time or expertise for active investment. This may be known as every private investor. An index fund ensures average returns. The bulk of active trading is done ...
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What possible reasons are behind the GBP -> EUR rate being the same for a few days?

Forex markets are closed on weekends, so the prices are stale.
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Accepting high volatility for high long-term returns

This is basically what financial advisers have been saying for years...that you should invest in higher risk securities when you are young and lower risk securities when you get older. However, ...
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Volatility indicator

Beta is the measure of volatility and typically available on most stock and often mutual funds information pages. For a full explanation of Beta The chart for FB on yahoo finance:
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Why isn't "everyone" short VXX?

why isn't 'everyone' short VXX? Shorts can be forcibly closed by the lender under certain conditions. Given this, then if VXX spikes upwards, you could get wrecked. So even if you are 100% sure that ...
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Why can’t I short Game Stop right now?

I can't know why your brokerage, specifically, disabled shorting, but the reason seems very obvious to me, like common sense. Nobody knows how high the stock will go, especially not you. A month ago ...
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VIX and XIV moved in same direction?

For the sake of readers not familiar with these instruments, let's first consider some elementary background information. The CBOE VIX index is a spot index which is not tradeable. Gaining exposure ...
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How is options implied volatility for a stock determined?

There are a few different "kinds" of implied volatility. They are all based on the IVs obtained from the option pricing model you use. (1) Basically, given a few different values (current ...
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What does "half weighted" mean in this context?

US Dollar Index consists of: Euro (EUR), 57.6% weight Japanese yen (JPY), 13.6% weight Pound sterling (GBP), 11.9% weight Canadian dollar (CAD), 9.1% weight Swedish krona (SEK), 4.2% weight Swiss ...
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How do I calculate drift from a series of stock prices?

Here is a minimal example based on 16 months of returns. The calculation can be found in the textbook Computational Financial Mathematics using Mathematica, page 54. For daily returns adjust the ...
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Volatility indicator

To calculate it yourself you need to calculate the standard deviation (or variance but that is just the standard deviation squared) of the returns. Unfortunately the returns on stocks are distributed ...
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Hedge against crypto currency / exchange risk

The sort of "hedging" you have heard about on business TV simply doesn't apply to such bizarre/thin/unusual markets; and it only applies when large wholesale amounts of the item in question is in play....
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Rapids (RPD) cryptocurrency: 3190500% increase in 1 hour

How is it possible for a cryptocurrency to have a $398bn increase in market capitalization with only a volume of $480k? It is possible. To illustrate: Imagine a cryptocurrency with 1 million coins ...
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What happens to all of the options when they expire?

Firstly "Most option traders don't want to actually buy or sell the underlying stock." THIS IS COMPLETELY UTTERLY FALSE Perhaps the problem is that you are only familiar with the BUY side of options ...
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How to deal with activist targeting of individual stocks?

The easiest way to deal with risks for individual stocks is to diversify. I do most of my investing in broad market index funds, particularly the S&P 500. I don't generally hold individual ...
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At what point do index funds become unreliable?

Private investors as mutual funds are a minority of the market. Institutional investors make up a substantial portion of the long term holdings. These include pension funds, insurance companies, and ...
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Where can I find Bitcoin Misery Index?

According to Forbes, Tom Lee, Fundstrat Global Advisors' head of research, introduced a Bitcoin Misery Index, or BMI, on Friday. The Fundstrat Website includes Thomas Lee as its head of research. ...
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How does one lose money when reasonably buying with leverage?

https://blog.mint.com/investing/the-dangers-of-leverage-and-some-solutions/ explains this pretty well. It's a lot like other risk calculations in that you can get bigger gains with leverage, but ...
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How does one lose money when reasonably buying with leverage?

You appear to be severely underestimating the risk associated with (a) investing with leverage; and (b) shorting stock. As well, you defend your actions by saying you 'agreed with the specialists', ...
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