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Recommendations for a comprehensive financial planner in the DC area

In need of recommendations for a comprehensive financial planner in the DC area. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 21, 2014 - 3 answers

How do you compare profits to loss due to inflation?

I'm trying to compare the compounded losses due to inflation to non-compounded profits. E.g. if inflation makes me lose 3% of an investment each year, what % would I need to profit each year in order to exactly keep up? This is tricky because the profit is not compounded the way inflation is. I'm not looking for an answer to this specific question, but rather, looking for a tool or method to do this kind of math. [more inside]
posted by brenton on Aug 21, 2014 - 11 answers

Major investment bank for energy A&D activities.

I've been with my company (a major Oil and Gas E&P company) for seven years now, and I've moved domestically three times with them. My major is in Petroleum Engineering with an emphasis on Reservoir Engineering and I'm currently getting my MBA. I am considering getting into investment banking for energy A&D (acquisition and divestiture) advisory activities. What is the career path (I was told I would start at associate level II) and what doors could this open for me? Say I do this for 2-3 years ... what makes sense from a career standpoint next?? I got into my industry to move oversees eventually. Is this an option with an A&D advisory position? Similarly, does this open doors to live places where oil is not, such as NYC or London or Chicago? Any general advice on a position like this? Has anyone made a move like this and are you happy or do you regret this move?
posted by anonymous on Jul 12, 2014 - 1 answer

I have $5K to invest. What ought I do with it?

It's from my lovely wife's recent inheritance. It's not a lot, I know, but enough that we don't want to just stick it in the bank. [more inside]
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit on May 26, 2014 - 13 answers

Stock investment for greenhorns

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]
posted by zeri on May 25, 2014 - 25 answers

Australian almost/quasi/kinda self-managed super fund?

I'm a freelancer. I don't yet have enough in my super to make it worthwhile converting to a self managed super fund due to the management costs. Or so I believe. But I figure I have the time to weather some major market wobbles, so I would like my super to be a more aggressive. Is there anyone offering some kind of buffet style super, and with reasonable management fees? The more fine-grained/wider choice the better, though I don't think I need to be picking particular stocks. And if not, I'd be interested in anyone's favourite high growth super funds, or insights into the cost of SMSFs.
posted by hifimofo on Apr 6, 2014 - 2 answers

If I could just care less about my work, I'd do a better job.

I'm the kind of person who gets worried enough they'll do their work not well, or make a mistake, that they end up either not starting or working too slowly and filled with dread. Last week, I had to work late on a project. I had two beers in the process, found I cared less about the anxiety and dread and perfectionism, and just did a better, less stressful job. I want to do this without drinking. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Mar 24, 2014 - 14 answers

Why should I put money in an IRA?

Why should I put money in an IRA, as opposed to just investing it normally? [more inside]
posted by Two Stranger on Mar 4, 2014 - 13 answers

Help me start saving for retirement (U.S.)

I would like to finally start saving for retirement! I'm thinking a Roth IRA is the way to go (unless you think otherwise and can tell me why), but I am a little confused/overwhelmed with how to proceed. A few snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by likeatoaster on Feb 20, 2014 - 14 answers

Financial Management: Spending and Saving

For the first time in my life I'm actually making decent money! How do I balance spending and saving? [more inside]
posted by masters2010 on Jan 26, 2014 - 14 answers

I've moved from the US to the UK, now what to do with my money?

I've recently moved to the UK, but I still have about $160k in dollars from the sale of a house and savings. I'd like to invest this money, which is currently sitting in a US savings account, but I'm not sure if I should do so in the UK or in the US. I plan to stay here for the long-term (probably will eventually become a citizen). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 15, 2014 - 8 answers

How to invest 25K for the short term?

So you've got $25,000 that you want to invest for 3-4 years. You're not interested in something crazy, you know nothing about the stock market, and you're financially conservative. What is the best financial tool for this? [I'm asking this for a friend of mine] Thanks
posted by Murray M on Dec 15, 2013 - 16 answers

How do people research and learn out stocks and other investments?

I have a bit of discretionary money (1k). Rather than just letting it sit in a bank account earning basically no interest, I am opting to dip my toes in to the world of stocks, options, investing, etc. Other than buying shares in a company I am already aware of and think is going to do well in the future (which isn't always that simple, I know), how do people independently (ie. not via a broker) research and learn about other stocks and worthy investments? [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Dec 6, 2013 - 27 answers

What should my elderly parents do with their only asset, a liquid $250K?

I'm seeking as many opinions as I can get from people with knowledge of financial advising and/or trusts & estates and/or estate planning, about what my parents (in their 80s) ought to do with their $250,000 in liquid assets. I'm NOT looking for the kind of detailed plan we'd get from an advisor whom we hire; I'm looking for short, quite general, common sense answers (such as "These ONE OR TWO types of instruments are good/bad; all others are to be avoided/considered.") I'm also looking for as many answers as I can get. In order to get that assortment of answers, I want to disclose only a very few specific things about the folks: 1. they currently rent an apartment; they do not own a home. 2. they are in their 80s--relatively healthy and can drive, shop, take care of themselves, but I'm not sure how long that'll last. I'd like to see them in a retirement community within a couple years. 3. Their only income (which doesn't amount to much) is social security. 4. They lose about $2,100 in total expenses every month. That's just about equal to what they take in each month. 5. Their one and only significant asset is a liquid $250,000. Okay, at their age, and considering all the above, WHAT IS/ARE THE MOST PRACTICAL THING(s) THEY SHOULD DO WITH THAT LUMP OF LIQUID MONEY? THANK YOU from their worried adult child with a family of my own!
posted by losdavos on Oct 24, 2013 - 14 answers

How to best short the for-proft college industry?

I believe at some point in the near future (e.g., the next three years) the revenue model of for-profit colleges will collapse. I would like to take a short position and profit from their failure. What are some creative ways of doing this? [more inside]
posted by quadog on Oct 15, 2013 - 6 answers

Should I dump money into my retirement index fund if the market craters?

I have a bunch of money I've been wanting to dump into a low-fee index fund all year. (It's my retirement account.) I've been holding off because of the whole budget/debt ceiling business that's been going on all year. It looks like events will be coming to a head this week. If the market totally craters, would that be a good time to buy? [more inside]
posted by evil otto on Oct 13, 2013 - 16 answers

How much can someone make with $150mn?

Miley Cyrus is worth $150 million. Supposing she had that all in cash, if she wanted to retire today, how much could she count on making a year on investments, indefinitely? That is, given current conditions/interest rates/etc. I have the impression that people with that much money can do a lot better than your average rube like me with a 401k, but I'm not sure that's correct or by how much.
posted by ftm on Oct 6, 2013 - 22 answers

How do I invest in quantum computing?

I would like to invest money in emergent technologies that may be a little further down the road. [more inside]
posted by TheWhiteSkull on Oct 4, 2013 - 6 answers

Advice for first time investor

Changes in my career over the last couple of years have meant that I now find myself, for the first time, being in the position of having a significant amount of spare income at my disposal. Since I have recently entered my forties I plan to invest this in the financial markets, with a initial 15-20 year timescale in mind. I am looking at investing something like $1000 per month into a managed plan split over several funds. Given that I am a total newbie when it comes to investing, what advice can people give me on splitting my pot of money across low to high risk? What are classic first-time investor mistakes? I am currently thinking about something like 90% of my investment split across low to medium risk, with the rest reserved for high risk. Does that sound reasonable? Would I be shooting myself in the foot if all of my pots were in the same currency in the same geographic location or should I diversify as much as possible? [more inside]
posted by teselecta on Sep 16, 2013 - 8 answers

Make supplemental income

I asked earlier about how to invest my savings (twenty-five thousand). And although a lot of the answers were good, many were not realistic for someone living in Canada, as our tax laws are different. Also, I have decent retirement fund already so I don't want to put anything into that. So for now I'm just keeping it in my 3% savings account until I decide later what to do with it. [more inside]
posted by Atlantic on Sep 15, 2013 - 11 answers

How would you invest $250,000?

If you had $250k, how would you invest it? What would your investment portfolio look like if you were a guy in his mid 20s? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 10, 2013 - 32 answers

Will somebody else care for my money like I will?

How do I select a money manager, financial planner or investment advisor? [more inside]
posted by rglass on Sep 3, 2013 - 8 answers

Investing £12,000 in Britain

Advice please for hands-off medium to long term investment of about £12,000 in Britain, with complication. [more inside]
posted by anadem on Aug 4, 2013 - 9 answers

How long should you hold long-term muni bonds?

How long will it take for medium/long-term municipal bonds to recover from inevitably increasing interest rates? For instance, taking into account the interest payments what is the timeframe necessary to hold longer term municipal bonds before you break even from increasing interest rates? Relatives of mine are invested in FHIGX and I know that as rates increase the face value of their bond portfolio will decrease but when is the expected break-even based on a historical average of say 5% short-term rates? Thank you for your help with this question.
posted by gibbsjd77 on Jul 18, 2013 - 10 answers

Is re-siding an ugly house before selling it a good investment?

We're thinking of selling our house within the next 18-24 months, and the siding on it now is ugly-ass T1-11 that I put on myself about a decade ago when I was young and full of hubris. We're getting quotes in the $12-15K range to redo the whole two-story house in mid-quality vinyl. Is this an investment that will pay for itself in terms of resale value? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Jul 11, 2013 - 18 answers

Finding speakers for an investment group

How do I find possible speakers for an investment group? [more inside]
posted by gnossos on Jun 19, 2013 - 8 answers

Have some spare money; how can I spend it to benefit the environment?

I have £150 spare this month and would like to spend it in a way that benefits the environment (climate change related). I'd love your suggestions about how I can use this money to have the most impact, whether that's donating to a top notch environmental charity or investing it in a green tech (renewables, insulation etc.) company that is doing particularly good work.
posted by jonrob on Jun 14, 2013 - 18 answers

Do I need a financial planner and if so, how do I find one?

I want to understand retirement savings and long-term investment products. Who do I want to speak with and how I find them? (Some relevant details inside.) [more inside]
posted by Kurichina on May 31, 2013 - 4 answers

Beating Inflation

I don't have a lot of debt or expenses, so my income keeps piling up in my checking account. Unfortunately, I don't know much about finance or investment. I want to make sure that I don't lose money year over year because of inflation, but pretty much all the CDs and savings accounts I've seen have an APY lower than the inflation rate (which is >= 1.5% according to various websites). I don't care about playing the stock market; all I want is to avoid losing my money through inaction. How do people in this situation keep up with inflation while at the same time minimizing their financial risk?
posted by archagon on May 16, 2013 - 15 answers

What is the best way to invest $10,000?

My best friend has $10,000 to invest and she wants to open up a business selling shoes for people with wide feet that are greater than the sizes that are usually available in stores (one of her friends has this as a great need) or an online store that sells adult toys. Are any of these worthy endeavors for me and her to pursue? If not, what is the best way to make money with a $10,000 investment?
posted by antgly on May 16, 2013 - 21 answers

Assignments from Columbia College's Value Investment Group

I've become very interested in the philosophy of Value INvesting, first espoused by Benjamin Graham and later on by his followers Irvin Kahn and Warren E. Buffet. I have come across a program at Columbia Business College entitled The Value Investment Program wherein forty students are allowed to take classes on Value Investing at the tutelage of Bruce Greenwald among numerous others. As I am not a Columbia Business student, I have no access to these materials but would be very much obliged if anyone could give me some of the work in these classes or in classes very similar to this type of course seeking to inculcate in students a solid understanding of how to pick value investment stocks. Also any other user-friendly books and or website resources on value investing would also be helpful. THANKS
posted by RapcityinBlue on May 16, 2013 - 3 answers

Retiring Early and Yes I am Lazy!

I am 28, have a $60,000 a year job in Accounting and expect to be making close to $100,000 in seven years (after that, raises more uncertain). I want to retire some time in my early to mid 40s. I have a wife who is 34 and works as a retail manager (making about $40,000 a year). I am planning on living off of 20% of our after tax income (excluding mortgage payments). We currently do not have a mortgage but are planning on a house soon. We would like to travel at will and have the (option) of not working ever again. We also do not mind retiring in a cheaper location (Costa Rica, etc) to save on costs. What investment vehicles should I be considering given that I am retiring early? What kind of jobs that are part time could a retiree easily perform? How much money should be going in employee 401k type programs vs. individual investment options and IRA contributions. [more inside]
posted by locussst on May 4, 2013 - 12 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

Any advantage to IRA if I can't deduct contributions?

I'm taking a new job with a very small company that doesn't offer a 401k. My spouse's job does offer a 401k. Based on what I see on this page, with our income, we would not be able to deduct any contributions I make to an IRA, and we're not eligible for a Roth IRA. So what is my best retirement investment strategy? [more inside]
posted by primethyme on Apr 25, 2013 - 10 answers

Should a young girl invest half her modest income into silver?

Is investing half my income into silver a pretty good way to go for my future? [more inside]
posted by JJkiss on Apr 3, 2013 - 63 answers

Filing Taxes for the First Time: Roth IRA Question

Hi HiveMind, I'm filing my own taxes for the first time as a recent college graduate (using TurboTax -- so easy!) and I have a question with regards to my Roth IRA account. In 2012, I graduated college and started a business. We didn't open for business until late November and I only paid myself $1,250 for all my work in 2012. I also opened a Roth IRA account and contributed $5,000 for the year. However, according to TurboTax, contributions to an IRA account cannot exceed earned income. My question: can I simply report a $1,250 contribution to the IRA on my taxes and leave the $5,000 in the IRA? Will this get me in trouble? Should I merely take out the $3,750 and invest it in a different account? If noticed, could I just plead ignorance as my first time filing? Thanks!
posted by masters2010 on Mar 3, 2013 - 5 answers

How Do I Invest In Foreign Currency?

It was suggested to me to make a small investment in foreign currency. What are the basics? Would it be best to go through broker or to invest on my own? Help!
posted by goalyeehah on Feb 27, 2013 - 12 answers

Dipping Our Toes Into Real Estate

My brother and I would like to buy a four-bedroom house, furnish it, have him live in one room and rent the other three rooms. Neither of us have any experience with real estate, renting rooms, or being in business with one another. We're looking for advice as to how to fairly structure this investment, advisers we should consult, issues that we need to consider up front, and so on. More details inside... [more inside]
posted by slide on Feb 12, 2013 - 14 answers

Life insurance for dummies question

Mid thirties married male with no kids yet. Thinking about life insurance in case I do something stupid and die. Am I better off getting a term life insurance policy, a lifetime policy, or should I just take $100 a month and invest it on my own and use that for my wife if I suddenly kick the bucket? [more inside]
posted by wile e on Jan 6, 2013 - 10 answers

For 529 plans, when is enough, enough?

I've been saving big into a college fund since my child was born 8 years ago, on the order of $900 per month. I recently checked the 529 plan that was receiving the funds and it is currently at $90k. There is still a decade before the child would enter college, and by most estimates that could mean a doubling and a bit more if market averages do ok. My investment guy says a kid in the year 2022 might need $300k for tuition at a prestigious college and that I should continue. I think I'm pretty well set for now and it could be around $200k by then with no added input. Should I continue putting money away in this account or should I divert that into my own retirement (which is doing well too, but could always be better)? Or contribute less? When is enough enough for college?
posted by anonymous on Dec 31, 2012 - 22 answers

Like letting a fox watch the hen house?

Can you recommend a financial planner in DC? Also. Um. How does that work? Newlywed financial noob questions inside. [more inside]
posted by fontophilic on Dec 26, 2012 - 6 answers

I'm already a land baroness.

Do I want to become a landlady? I have reached the point I've been working toward since I bought my house. I want to build a garage in my big back yard, and/or build a rental unit. [more inside]
posted by caryatid on Dec 9, 2012 - 12 answers

It's not right, but is it ok?

Are we in one of the rare situations where cashing out a 401K makes sense? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 28, 2012 - 10 answers

Mind my money.

I have a growing chunk of money in my checking account. I've paid off my student loans and don't have credit card debt. What's the most responsible way to manage this money? Does a potential major move affect the analysis? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 2, 2012 - 17 answers

How to invest in Vancouver housing without buying a whole house?

I would like exposure to the Vancouver (BC) housing market in my investments, without buying an individual unit of housing. Can this be done? [more inside]
posted by ripley_ on Oct 4, 2012 - 5 answers

Super basic Financial advice

I'm hoping for some information more then advice on investing in Canada. Really really basic investment information. [more inside]
posted by Dynex on Sep 4, 2012 - 4 answers

How good is NRAS?

Do you have any experience of investing in an NRAS (National Rent Assistance Scheme) house in Australia? Or the Australian property market in general? [more inside]
posted by A Very Muddled Alpaca on Aug 21, 2012 - 2 answers

Where to put the down..

Not asking for specific investment recommendations, but general "conventional wisdom" on how best to sock away money for a down-payment on a house. [more inside]
posted by drpynchon on Aug 4, 2012 - 7 answers

Have some spare money, should we buy a condo to offer as rent?

Married, and have some savings. Does it make sense buying a condo just for giving it out as rental? Caveat - I may have to sell it off in about 3-4 years though so I'm wondering whether it'll all be worth it. [more inside]
posted by bbyboi on Jul 31, 2012 - 12 answers

I'm tryin to make a dollar out of fifteen cents. It's hard to be legit and still pay tha rent."

I'm about to come into a large sum of money (in the $300-$500k range). I've never had a large sum of money. Looking for advice on what to do next. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 30, 2012 - 32 answers

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