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What are some fun, short-term purchases that don't depreciate?

I'm lucky enough to have some spare capital and some time. What are some purchases that I can buy and safely sell without too much risk? [more inside]
posted by molloy on Sep 6, 2014 - 9 answers

What are alternative ways of VC funding for a medical devices start-up?

We have developed a prototype for non-invasive blood glucose measurement and have problems finding funding. What are the alternatives? [more inside]
posted by yoyo_nyc on Jul 24, 2014 - 10 answers

Longterm investing anxiety: Property or pension, or what?

Husband and I have $130k saved up. No mortgage, no pension to speak of. Just been called into the bank for talk about long term plans and am freaking out about what to do. Advice? Do I need to see a financial advisor or are they not a good idea? [more inside]
posted by everydayanewday on Apr 13, 2014 - 11 answers

$80k: travel or invest? Best use of money.

I've saved up about $80,000 over the past few years, with no debts, loans, or mortgages. It's always been my dream to travel the world, and I've been planning to take my money and run off for the next few years, hopefully figuring out how to run an independent software business in the process. However, I don't know much about investing, and for all I know there might be a better use of my savings right around the corner. (Two questions about investing inside.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 29, 2013 - 20 answers

Towards a more perfect union.

Tell me about companies that encouraged or directed employees to form a guild or union from the beginning. What did they do, why did they do it, how was it received and how did it work out? [more inside]
posted by michaelh on Feb 7, 2012 - 7 answers

Anyone recorded an album with venture capital? Please tell me all!

I'm in a band, and we're being courted by a fairly senior guy in the music industry. He's suggesting that rather than signing ourselves away to a major, we fund the first 18 months (so album recording, tour, publicity etc) we get funding from venture capitalists. Does anyone have any experience with this, or have any links for further reading on this? The music industry can be an unforgiving environment, and I want to know as much as possible independently to our potential manager...
posted by anonymous on Aug 18, 2011 - 13 answers

Does the 2010 version of TurboTax Premier really remove an important useful function useful in previous versions?

In past versions of TurboTax Premier, there was an option to use an external file (not a data feed directly from a third party) to import all stock transactions. Where is that in TurboTax Premier 2010 ? [more inside]
posted by iknowizbirfmark on Apr 14, 2011 - 1 answer

Taxes in Seattle!

Can you recommend a tax person in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by Black_Umbrella on Mar 16, 2010 - 2 answers

Can you use "[nationality] capital" to refer to a state capital?

Technically, can you use "[nationality] capital" to refer to a state capital that is not the actual national capital? [more inside]
posted by qvantamon on Feb 17, 2010 - 35 answers

Who do I talk to for estate taxs, losses, and income statements?

I have an estate tax statement showing a loss from the estate of my grandmother in another state. How do I find a professional who can tell me how to file this where I live to the best April 15th benefit? [more inside]
posted by Koffeeman on Jan 12, 2010 - 2 answers

How do you fund a startup with (virtually) no collateral?

I need an SBA loan yesterday. My business is in startup mode, I'm already fielding new orders, but I need startup capital to get this thing off the ground. [more inside]
posted by ohyouknow on Oct 8, 2009 - 11 answers

How to ask if a company needs money

I recently started a job that I don't know much about. It's a commission only job for a company that does private placements for small public companies. All I have to do is qualify the leads, which comes down to two parts: do they have enough trading volume and does the company need money. My question is, how do I ask if they need money? [more inside]
posted by josher71 on Apr 13, 2009 - 3 answers

Help me micro-fund my business, but not like, by YOU giving me money..

I am looking to self fund starting a business, but I need to seek a small amount of additional capital. Ideally, I would like to do this through friends and family, through a more formalized agreement. So how can I "sell them" a piece of my business without selling them stock? [more inside]
posted by Jonsnews on Feb 5, 2009 - 9 answers

30-year investment portfolio which has to start before the end of the year and wants to be left alone afterwards?

If you had a very strong incentive to invest money before the end of the year with a 30-year outlook, and a further strong incentive to not adjust your investment strategy over that timeframe unless absolutely necessary, what kind of portfolio would you assemble? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 5, 2008 - 15 answers

How can I create a macro to capitalize sentences in Word?

How do I make a macro for Microsoft Word to capitalize lines in an interview? [more inside]
posted by perpetualstroll on Sep 1, 2008 - 3 answers

I want to be out of dollars, but not poor

I would like to know the best way to turn actual US dollars into foreign currencies... [more inside]
posted by Rafaelloello on Jul 12, 2008 - 7 answers

Which Marx translations are 'canonical?'

I am taking a look at two Marx texts, Capital (V: I) and his Eighteenth Brumaire of Napoleon, which are the best translations? I know there are a few problematic translations with the latter.
posted by christopherbdnk on Apr 17, 2008 - 1 answer

How to report tax info I don't have?

What date acquired and cost basis should I put for two items reported on a 1099-B, when there are several unknowns? [more inside]
posted by daisyace on Apr 10, 2008 - 8 answers

Federal Reserve bailout

Without sounding conspiratorial... I'm wondering how much arm twisting it took by political/economic elites to get the Fed to adopt its current Liquidity Plan. Will Carlyle Capital directly benefit from it? A couple of days ago I read this story about their recent notice of default on a margin call. [more inside]
posted by purenitrous on Mar 12, 2008 - 8 answers

Book learnin'

What are the social benefits of public libraries (and literacy)? [more inside]
posted by Slam I Am on Aug 1, 2007 - 26 answers

How do I start a tech heavy business?

I have an idea for a tech heavy business that I know is guaranteed to completely put blockbuster/netflix/any other dvd rental place you can think of. But I have no clue how to start a business. so where do I begin? [more inside]
posted by tylerfulltilt on Mar 9, 2007 - 17 answers

SF to Sac & Back - best way to travel?

I need to make a day trip to Sacramento from San Francisco. I don't own a car. What's the best way to get there & back? [more inside]
posted by treepour on Jan 9, 2007 - 9 answers

Securing capital for a software project?

A colleague and I want to raise money for a project our company currently can't take on. How to get this ball rolling? [more inside]
posted by Mikey-San on May 3, 2006 - 12 answers

Is the state capitol spelled "capitol" or "capital"?

Is the state capitol spelled "capitol" or "capital"? [more inside]
posted by destro on Apr 30, 2006 - 28 answers

tax question on spin offs and acquisitions

capital gains question about stocks that are spun off or purchased [more inside]
posted by alkupe on Nov 22, 2005 - 9 answers

AMT tax credit strategies

A few year ago I had to pay AMT on some ISO stock. Since I've sold it for far less than the amount of AMT tax that I paid in, I've got a large AMT tax credit hanging out there. Are there any strategies that anyone can suggest to get some of this money back? [more inside]
posted by wflanagan on Feb 27, 2005 - 6 answers

Making Money Fast

Besides stripping, or selling everything one owns, what's a good way to make a lot of money quickly- without any capital? [more inside]
posted by drezdn on Dec 19, 2003 - 18 answers

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