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Why is the rate of return for website investments so high? Are websites a good investment?

Because if you buy a website and just sit on it as an investment, its revenue and value will quickly collapse. You need to keep doing a lot of work to keep it current. You’re not buying an investment, ...
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Is Amazon's offer of a $50 gift card a scam?

These kinds of credit card offers are incredibly common. More often you will get a certain reward if you spend $X within Y days of getting the card. In many cases you can take advantage of them with ...
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Is Amazon's offer of a $50 gift card a scam?

What's going on here is that Amazon/visa thinks that the money they will earn on average from irresponsible credit card users is more value than 50$ each. This is the same logic that is behind the ...
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Online shopping: order date vs shipping date vs charge date

Yes, Amazon is obligated to charge your card in this way because Visa's merchant rules require all merchants to charge a customer's card only when an order actually ships. 1.5.7.1 Transaction Deposit ...
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Why is the rate of return for website investments so high? Are websites a good investment?

" What kinds of risks are not priced in, or why isn't this taught as a popular investment choice relative to real estate or stocks?" You are thinking about the concept of rate of return vs ...
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Online shopping: order date vs shipping date vs charge date

Clearly Amazon billed your credit card on the date that each of the two items you ordered was shipped. This seems very reasonable. Charging when shipped simplifies things in many ways. For example it ...
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Is a website/domain name an asset or a liability?

This depends on your definitions of assets and liabilities. The word "asset" has a fairly straight forward definition. Generally speaking, an asset in finance is something that you own/control that ...
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Can I trust the Motley Fool?

It might be time for an updated answer. The Motley Fool recently launched two ETFs: TMFC and MFMS. They've finally put their money where their mouth is. If these ETFs beat the market after a 10-year ...
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Is Amazon's offer of a $50 gift card a scam?

The most likely reason for this card is that Amazon has an arrangement with the issuer (I believe that that used to be Chase; may have changed since). Such an arrangement may allow Amazon to take the ...
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Where can I invest into S&P500 without leverage

Member mhoran's comment was an answer. why not just invest with any of the dozens of mutual fund companies that have an S&P 500 index fund or ETF? The ETFs are more commonly not leveraged. ...
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Why is the rate of return for website investments so high? Are websites a good investment?

It depends a lot on the business model of that website. Because it's a business, not just a property or an investment. Here are a few examples. If the site works on a subscription model, then ...
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Can owning a static website without advertisements be a source of income in India?

In order for any activity to generate income, you need to be able to point to where the money is coming from. Websites owners generally generate income three ways: They might charge users to use ...
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Can I trust the Motley Fool?

There are two parts to this answer. First, let's talk about the core service. I believe Motley Fool is legit. I've been using their services on and off for almost six years. I started using them at a ...
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Online shopping: order date vs shipping date vs charge date

The online seller has two possible sources of rules regarding when they bill: the government the credit card network In the United States the Federal Trade Commission seems to be concerned with did ...
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Web has multiple contacts for a business or bank; which is real?

Apparently this is a new trend, with scammers abusing search engine optimization to try to get people looking for a bank to come to their fake sites instead. Always contact your bank directly. Check ...
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Must all US public companies have an investor relations website?

Short answer: no. I am pretty darn sure that the only requirements to be a publicly traded company is that said company meets all the standards to be public traded and files the necessary forms ...
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Where can I invest into S&P500 without leverage

I don't think you've been buying index funds I'm noting what they say on their website: CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 77% of ...
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Two similiar music chest web shops with the same products and no impressum - both are a fraud?

The lack of "About us" is veery unusual. I pretended to buy something, and the checkout page had a Terms of Service link, which I clicked on and read. There's a Post Office box which I googled. It ...
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Is there a resource for knowing when Annual and Quarterly Reports are coming out?

https://www.google.com/search?q=quarterly+and+annual+financial+report+calendar&oq=quarterly+and+annual+financial+report+calendar&aqs=chrome..69i57.9351j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 ...
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Metal price web site with silver animal on it?

I believe the site you are referring to is http://www.metalprices.com/ It contains prices and charts for all metals and metal indexes.
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InitiativeQ - new currency some sort of get rich quick scheme?

Is this a scam, a get rich quick scheme? Or am I being overly paranoid? As Aganju has pointed out in comments; this looks more like "Pyramid Scheme". Even if initially no money is being asked; it ...
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Is Amazon's offer of a $50 gift card a scam?

The 'store card' that Amazon offers gives 5% back on Amazon purchases. Some time ago, when I realized how much of my spending was going through Amazon, I chose that card over this one. If you want ...
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Is Amazon's offer of a $50 gift card a scam?

Every financial services company (and cellphone provider, cable and broadband provider, private energy supplier, and so on and so forth - it's turtles all the way down in a market economy) spends "...
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Is Amazon's offer of a $50 gift card a scam?

Amazon has 2 different cards you can apply for, a store card and a credit card. The credit card is through Chase. The deal is not a scam, I can confirm this because I applied for their credit card and ...
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Is Amazon's offer of a $50 gift card a scam?

No. Amazon is a reputable company. Many stores have their own credit card. Additionally they have several cards available, through Visa and Discover. Neither would allow their name to be used knowing ...
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Is there any official/governmental website for cost of living in the US cities?

You could use the GSA adjustment map, which for example lists the Bay Area as 42.67% higher than the base pay. They have 53 rating areas. (Note: this linked map itself isn’t official, but it is using ...
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Can owning a static website without advertisements be a source of income in India?

As far I know, there are following ways to earn money from the website: Allow advertisements on your blog Make your services/contents paid/licensed Voluntary payment/Donation Collect user data (...
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Is the fundamental data provided by financial websites generally comparable across companies?

Nominal amounts like net profit typically aren't comparable between companies of different size. What's more comparable within an industry are financial ratios like return on assets, net profit margin,...
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How to self educate on securities analysis?

One of the books that was the most influential for me was “A random walk down Wall Street”. It is great because it introduces you to all of the most familiar analysis techniques. However, the main ...
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