Vanguard provides this handy chart to explain the difference between ETFs and mutual funds. But are there any circumstances where one should prefer to buy directly into a mutual fund rather than an exchange-traded version of the same fund? [more inside]
Could anyone recommend a good site for real time stock market news? Immediate news, if possible. Today the market started out down, then turned around and is heading up like gangbusters. I'd like to find the news that precipitated that turnaround.
Not really about a specific stock but I'll use NWPX as an example. To clarify what I'm asking I should say I understand the concepts of discounting earnings, voting rights, common stock, diversification etc. but fundamentally I have always scratched my head over what the point of owning this sort of stock is. [more inside]
I invest in my company's 403b retirement plan. I can use an investment calculator to estimate what things will look like by retirement, assuming a certain rate of return, and the numbers look fine. Does it make sense to assume that some sort of market crash or downturn will significantly affect this estimate before retirement in the next 30 years? [more inside]
My mom wants to invest $5K (which she could afford to lose) in possibly high-return, but also possibly high-risk, sectors of the stock market. She's asked me to do the research and manage the investment. I'm interested, but I don't know much about investing in stocks, so I want to proceed cautiously. How do I educate myself about this field? What are some specific sectors to research? What red flags should I be looking for? What about the practicalities, e.g. choosing an online broker? Or is this just a bad idea? [more inside]
Help me create a fantasy stock account - offline solutions preferred. [more inside]
What are some good online information sources for investing in the Australian share market. Looking for all options be they paid or unpaid, blogs, discussion boards, newsletters etc. I have an advisor but I am looking to check his advice as well as develop my own sense of what constitutes a good investment. Google is giving me too many options.
How do I get a daily mid-day email with stock market movers? [more inside]
Does the US Securities & Exchange Commission have computer scientists on staff who can parse trading algorithms? Or is its staff primarily lawyers and accountants? [more inside]
Supposing one wanted to cash in on the growing popularity of hot sauce, chiles, hot peppers etc...where should one look to invest? Which companies selling peppers, hot sauces and other fiery foods are publicly traded? Aside from stocks, how else might one invest in the pepper market?
Posting for my sister. Can anyone recommend a good book about the stock market for a smart beginner and layperson?
Can high frequency trading be justified on any social benefit grounds or other orthodox market theory? [more inside]
So I completely understand that prices of stocks, like anything in a market, arise from supply and demand. But at the end of the day, why does demand for a stock increase when a company's earnings increase? How does holding the stock of a company whose earnings have increased since purchase benefit a stockholder? It can't purely be that I care about earnings because I know everyone else cares about earnings because they know everyone else cares about earnings... can it? What is the ultimate source of this caring about earnings? If dividends were more common, I could understand all this as a jockeying for a good deal on a dividend. But as it is, it sounds no different than betting on a never-ending horse race with earnings arbitrarily picked as the indicator of which horse is in the lead.
What's the best place for an American to invest around US$50,000 at this time? [more inside]
How can I test if one predictor variable in a regression is significantly better than another predictor variable? i.e. If I regress X against A I get an r^2 of .99 and when I regress X against B I get .98. I need a test to see whether this difference is statistically significant. [more inside]
Single-user programming API for stock and option screening, back trading, paper trading, and ultimately fully automated trading? [more inside]
Should a teacher with summers off and a little bit of savings mess with the Day Trading system to try and make some extra bones? [more inside]
Should I go with the stock market? Or perhaps something less risky such as a CD? How much knowledge do I need to thrive in the stock market? Halp! [more inside]
StockmarketNOOBfilter. A company issues direct shares of common stock to institutional investors at 20% below previous day price - good or bad for the investor who already owns that stock? [more inside]
Free online videos/courses to explain financial markets in general, the American stock market in particular? I've found and have started watching this lecture series by Robert Shiller. Do you know of others? Even more basic would be nice - explanations of P/E ratios, shorting stocks, contracts, etc. Not interested in written resources - have plenty of those. Looking for more interactive displays, with a preference for academic lectures.
I was watching The Social Network yesterday when I realised that I don't know a thing about how economics work. What is stock dilution? What's a subprime? What are they selling in the stock market? Where can I find a simple, for-dummies guide to understanding modern economics? [more inside]
Stock commentary for the defensive investor? [more inside]
Are there any online fantasy stock market simulations that let you invest in international stocks? Or, if not, Asian stocks? I currently use Vritual Stock Exchange, which is limited to NYSE stocks.
Smarty-pants MeFite investment gurus: Can you list a few of your favorite stocks or investments that, given a continued rebound in the economy, should see solid gains in the medium term? What are the positive attributes of these companies or investments that make you think so?
Saw a television ad several years ago with fantastic art direction depicting the stock market as a circus or similar frenzy of colorful, somewhat frightening characters. Can anyone help me track it down? [more inside]
Is there a stock market simulator that would let me "buy" stock at an arbitrary in the past and watch how that purchase would have affected my portfolio? [more inside]
How do I, as a small investor in Canada, make a bet, (preferably leveraged) as to what interest rates are going to be in 5 years? [more inside]
Stock market related questions-- help me drown in data! [more inside]
What is the best way to attach newsprint to a dress to insure reasonable longevity? [more inside]
Recommend any financial crisis blogs written by people who are following all the relevant indicators, or by people involved in the finance industry, who are trying to make sense of the market and economy?
Stock market investment filter: Buying opportunities? [more inside]
On the Financial crisis: If the Canadian economy is in a stronger state than the American economy then why is the TSX posting larger point and percentage losses than the Dow and Nasdaq? [more inside]
Should I pull my money out of the stock market? I'm pretty clueless. [more inside]
Anybody have experience in investing in virtual world banks/businesses/markets (such as those in SecondLife.com etc)? Do they provide a serious way of making a sensible risk/reward on five or six figure investments? [more inside]
Is there anyone (especially online) who's collected reasonably well-informed stock picks from, say, 2, 5, or 15 years ago and explained why the recommendations did or did not work out? [more inside]
What, if anything, is a "Target Retirement" fund like VTIVX missing? [more inside]
How should we handle liquidating assets in an estate in the USA right now? Assets consist primarily of a stock portfolio and a house. [more inside]
InvestingFilter: Is there anything inherently flawed about investing in index funds? [more inside]
So, we're in a recession. At what point should we pull our investments out of the stock market? [more inside]
Does anyone have any recommendations for any fantasy stock market games online? [more inside]
How Can the Economy not Fail? Given the debt each of us owes (what, something like $150,000 each?), rising oil costs, cpi going up, infrastructure moved out, failed dollar, failing banks, etc. etc... [more inside]
If the stock market were to completely crash this year, how would the effects differ from 1929? [more inside]
With the US economy apparently getting ready to go 'foom!', a friend of mine has become very excited about silver as an investment. [more inside]
I work for a world-wide electronics manufacturer--OEM, medical devices, design, test, etc. [more inside]
Is there a good simulator for playing the stock market with imaginary money? [more inside]
How can a non-programmer automate their stock market screening and timing process? (semi-long explanation inside.) [more inside]
Help me leverage my ability to pick failing companies. [more inside]
Since the stock market is only active from 9:30-4 M-F, (less than 20% of the hours in the week, and even less of the year because of holidays), is it possible to sell at the end of the day and plop the money into a savings account, and then buy again on the beginning of the next day? If not, what prevents this from happening? Is it just fees? Would be an easy way to make an extra 4%/year from interest.
How ethical are Ethical Funds? After meeting with an SRI adviser and perusing the literature, I'm not so sure. [more inside]
Help me pinpoint a day in the early 2000s. [more inside]
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