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What to do with extra money originally deferred for company ESPP?

I recently quit my job and started another, with my termination date unfortunately a day before the company purchases shares for an ESPP. So I now have a good chunk of money originally set aside for investing in my (now former) company. Any suggestions what I should do with it? Single-stocks, mutual funds, robo-advisors (e.g. Wealthfront), Roth IRA, index funds? About me: I'm 29, single male, renting, no loans or debts, and make a decent salary as a Silicon Valley medical device engineer, so I'm not pressed for cash or anything and are more open to risk. No need for specifics, just some ideas.
posted by beammeup4 on Jul 31, 2016 - 5 answers

Income investing

I'd like to get a handle on investing for long-term, stable income. [more inside]
posted by Nonce on Jul 26, 2016 - 5 answers

Any stock market followers know why Amazon dropped at 1:45 today?

AMZN was going along fine, close to an all time high on Amazon Prime Day today, when it suddenly dropped 1.5%, accompanied by huge volume. Didn't see the same drop in other stocks, so something Amazon related must have happened. Just curious. The market always responds more quickly than the news outlets, but maybe investors or brokers have heard something.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium on Jul 12, 2016 - 7 answers

Real Time Stock Market News?

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.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium on Jan 14, 2016 - 7 answers

Criticism of value investing

I’ve just read “The Intelligent Investor”, which lays out a fairly simple investing philosophy. Warren Buffett describes it as “buying dollar bills for 40 cents”. It seems more reasonable than much of what I read in the financial news, and certainly more reasonable than the way people think about investing in the tech world. But the fact that it seems so sensible to me makes me nervous. Its proponents are very confident and it seems like confident people often lose their money. [more inside]
posted by vogon_poet on Jan 5, 2016 - 11 answers

Where/how can I find a trader in financial markets with whom to invest?

I've recently been looking into trading financial markets (e.g. forex, shares, etc.) However, my conclusion is that it takes a very long time and a lot of effort to do it right. I could put this effort if need be, but would prefer to focus on my career at this point. I had the thought that it would be nice to find someone who has achieved a degree of success in trading to manage an account for me (i.e. division of labor). But where would one find such a person? [more inside]
posted by strekker on Jul 30, 2015 - 10 answers

How to build an investment portfolio for retirement?

After reading a bit about efficient market theory and the benefits of lowering your costs via investments such as ETFs (especially over 20+ years), I closed my account with my adviser and sold my existing high MER mutual funds. Now what? [more inside]
posted by gumpstump on Jun 5, 2015 - 9 answers

Cross Border Inheritance?

I'm supposed to inherit some Berkshire Hathaway shares currently in a US Fidelity fund. Catch: I'm a Canadian resident US citizen. Fidelity wants to transfer the shares to a Fidelity account, but won't let me establish an account because I'm Canadian resident. Will another US brokerage allow me to establish a US account, or do I need a Canadian brokerage? And if so, are there any ramifications I should be aware of?
posted by Native in Exile on May 19, 2015 - 12 answers

Help me decide which index funds in which to invest

I have some money to invest (greater than $10,000). I’d like to gain exposure to the stock market. It seems index funds are a good way to go. Please recommend some specific funds or products which I should look into. FWIW I am in Australia. [more inside]
posted by cestlavie on Dec 4, 2014 - 8 answers

How to invest in AI?

Any recommendations for (public or private) companies heavily engaged in artificial intelligence products and research? [more inside]
posted by yoyo_nyc on Oct 31, 2014 - 5 answers

How can a small-time employee get a promising start in the stock market?

For a small-time, late twenties employee working two jobs trying to make ends meet (and who knows next to nothing about the world of stocks and investing), how can he get involved in it without getting hurt? [more inside]
posted by cyrusw8 on Oct 26, 2014 - 19 answers

What do I need to know about retirement planning, if I know nothing?

I'm late to start investing for retirement (early 30s) and don't know where to begin, other than a vague sense I should invest in mutual funds and maybe bonds and eventually real estate. What do I need to know before putting my money somewhere? [more inside]
posted by three_red_balloons on Jul 8, 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

How can I protect my money in light of the coming financial collapse?

There has been a lot of talk about an imminent financial markets bubble and I find that I am heavily invested in the S&P500 through an IRA (rolled over from a 401K after I was laid off). I also have a relatively small amount invested through a standard brokerage account, but the majority is in the IRA. I don't know jack about sigma events or black swans, but I can recognize when the chatter is starting to form a cohesive message. I also know that I have a ton more exposure now than in 2009. In fact, the post crash boom years have been quite good to me. My question is obviously, is there a proven strategy to protect against a coming financial crash? At what point do I pull the trigger and put everything into bonds? Is there a hedge against a collapse? My fantasy is that I pick the right time to pull everything and then clean up post crash on rock bottom blue chip stocks. [more inside]
posted by MajorDilemma on May 20, 2014 - 14 answers

Investments for babies

Thanks to well-meaning family, I have owned a number of stocks and other assets since my birth. The net worth of these assets is very modest, but if I sold them it would offset some ongoing financial stressors. Yet it seems prudent to keep them for a while longer. But why? What if everything crashes next week? What if [the specific stocks I own] crash next week? How do people predict this and stay on top of their assets without spending an inordinate amount of time on them? [more inside]
posted by magdalemon on Mar 31, 2014 - 18 answers

Fantasy Stock Software

Help me create a fantasy stock account - offline solutions preferred. [more inside]
posted by matkline on Mar 4, 2014 - 3 answers

I want a share of the (Australian) share market

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.
posted by MT on Feb 28, 2014 - 1 answer

What financial programs can help me compare hypothetical investments

I’m interested in what calculators and resources are available that would allow me to make comparisons of investments I hypothetically would have conducted in the past. So if I would have bought a certain stock in January 1995 and sold it on August 2004, what would have been annual return and so on... [more inside]
posted by caudal on Feb 17, 2014 - 4 answers

Real time stock ticker

What is the best desktop stock ticker that refreshes real-time prices? Or, alternate question: how do I get Google Finance to work so that it stays real-time? [more inside]
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates on Jan 27, 2014 - 9 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

I want to buy five stocks and hold them. What's the cheapest way?

I have 3,000 and I want to buy four or five stocks and hold them for the next ten or more years. What's the cheapest way to buy these four or five stocks. [more inside]
posted by RapcityinBlue on Dec 4, 2013 - 10 answers

Which Analysts cover which stocks ?

Is there a source of information which tells you which Stock Analysts cover which stocks ? Particularly interested in Australian stocks but grateful for others. More inside ... [more inside]
posted by southof40 on Nov 26, 2013 - 3 answers

Do I really need both stocks AND bonds in my long-term investments?

I am planning to invest for retirement (35+ years away) in a Roth IRA. I've always been told to have a mix of stocks and bonds in any portfolio, starting at about a 90/10 split for someone my age. Considering that I'm not going to touch this money for a very long time, wouldn't I be better off just putting my money into some low expense ratio index funds and skipping the bonds altogether? This seems to fly in the face of every investment advice I've ever seen, but I don't understand why. [more inside]
posted by wondercow on Nov 23, 2013 - 19 answers

Best way to buy Twitter stock on IPO day?

I'm a huge fan of Twitter and surprised how quickly they're going to IPO from the announcement just a few weeks ago (the IPO is supposed to happen tomorrow). I have no idea where to start, when to try and do this, how the process works for a layman. Is there any easy way to buy a couple hundred shares of the stock on the first day? [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Nov 6, 2013 - 9 answers

Would it be wise to transfer my 401k to bonds or cash equivalents?

Looking at the market, currently, I have the same sense of foreboding I had in late 2007. If I am operating under the assumption the Dow and other stocks are going to start tumbling over the next 1-2 years, what actions should I be taking to protect my 401k? [more inside]
posted by Bathtub Bobsled on Nov 6, 2013 - 29 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

What are some excellent investing blogs?

Looking for good investing blogs focused on value investing, but also investing blogs in general. [more inside]
posted by imabanana on Sep 10, 2013 - 4 answers

Where have all the losers gone?

How do I get a daily mid-day email with stock market movers? [more inside]
posted by letahl on Aug 30, 2013 - 5 answers

penny stock

Need help in finding a brokerage. [more inside]
posted by jtexman1 on Aug 27, 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

Is my stock in this company worth a thing? Company law advice please!

Hi all, I own one third (i.e. approx. 33.3%) of a UK company for which I am also a director. The remainder of the company belongs to a single shareholder. I'm worried that the financial structure of this company means that the company could effectively be 'sold' to a third party without me getting a cent. [more inside]
posted by Zen_is_Lev on May 7, 2013 - 7 answers

Should I feel bad about letting someone outsource my investments?

I have been getting started with Vanguard, but spoke with an investment adviser today, and it all just seemed so much easier. I've spent hours trying to figure out what kinds of accounts to open, which offer tax deductions, what kind of investments to make, etc. It seems really tempting to just let someone handle this all for me, but I feel like I've never heard from people who are satisfied doing it that way. Countless articles I have read on the subject always make it sounds like someone is a sucker for paying higher management fees. [more inside]
posted by imabanana on Apr 5, 2013 - 11 answers

How does one cash in on the capsicum craze?

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?
posted by mds35 on Mar 26, 2013 - 8 answers

Who is the best "buy and hold" online brokerage (and what should I buy)?

My wife and I are going to dip our toes in the stock market. For the foreseeable future, I see us doing nothing other than buying (hopefully) reliable dividend-paying stock and holding it for the long- long-term (like 30 years or more potentially). We won't be doing options or even active trading other than occasional additional purchases. Who of the cheap online brokerages should we use? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket on Mar 13, 2013 - 14 answers

Negotiating a job compensation

From start up to a larger company-how to negotiate a job offer [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Mar 13, 2013 - 3 answers

Need intraday stock data for an index

I've been trying to find what should be simple: intraday data on a large market index (such as the S&P 500). I'm willing to pay, but most sites seem to be interested in selling me collections of N stocks (where N is 12, 50, 100...), often by year, and at that rate, I'd end up paying $100s to get 11+ useless chunks of data, and one useful one (because for my purposes, I really only want to look at a single index). What are some economical sources for what I want? And, FWIW, I already know how to extract intraday (minute-wise) data from Yahoo and Google, but that's only good for about the last 90 days or so.
posted by IAmBroom on Mar 10, 2013 - 4 answers

A website that uses Buffettology to assess the "real" value of stocks

A website that uses Buffetology to assess the "real" value of stocks Years ago, I remember stumbling across a website that took the methods of a book called Buffettology (written by an ex-member of the Buffett family) and allowed you to evaluate any type of stock using the techniques of that book. Basically, you input a stock and it did a bunch of calculations according to the formulas provided in that book and gave you a list of bunch values. I am still looking for this website and wondering if anybody has ever come across it. To give an example, you type in a stock's name and some information about the stock and it would give you an output in csv format about all the values that stock might have. Or you could have downloaded it to EXCEL. If you don't know of this particular website, do you know of anything similar? Thanks
posted by RapcityinBlue on Mar 5, 2013 - 3 answers

Stocks and shares ISA vs regular share account: what's the difference?

I'm looking to invest 1000 GBP in shares. I expect the profits to not reach the threshold for capital gains tax. Do I need to sign up to a Stocks and shares ISA in order to not pay tax? [more inside]
posted by fry on Mar 4, 2013 - 1 answer

Should I hire a CPA for my taxes this year?

Should I hire a CPA for my taxes this year? 1. I relocated for my job this year and received multiple relocation benefits. 2. I sold off stocks that were gifted to me and I do not have any cost bases for them because they were purchased so long ago. [more inside]
posted by 6spd on Feb 2, 2013 - 2 answers

Mutual fund families that are most tolerant of timing

Hello. I'm interested in mutual fund timing, but most fund families (Pro Funds and Direxion notwithstanding) hate the idea and throw up all sorts of limits to prevent one from doing this. Are there any reasonably tolerant fund families out there? I'm looking specifically for minimal "minimum time held" and the ability to bounce back and forth between funds, especially between a money market fund and bond funds. I know this is a bit of a Hail Mary, so thanks for any info.
posted by mrhappy on Jan 27, 2013 - 10 answers

Timing The Market Is Always a Bad Idea, Right?

I know timing the market is stupid. My previous attempts at it have never worked out in my favor. My 401K is all index funds. However, with the possibility of Congress going over the 'Fiscal Cliff," it is a horrible idea to go all cash until they get it sorted out? [more inside]
posted by COD on Dec 4, 2012 - 23 answers

Wildlife and Modern America...give me a primer.

Do you know of any good resources providing data on how industrialization, urban expansion and / or hunting affects wildlife populations and ecosystems in the United States? Also interested in how conservation efforts do or do not produce a stabilizing effect. [more inside]
posted by jnnla on Nov 14, 2012 - 6 answers

What is the best way to start trading stock options?

Thinking of stepping foot into Stock Options trading while in college full-time. Any advice on where to start? [more inside]
posted by Parh6512 on Oct 3, 2012 - 11 answers

How to deal with draconian personal trading restrictions when working in a Wall St bank

I've just accepted a job at a large Wall St bank. I have a large amount of cash to allocate at the moment and don't want to leave it in the bank earning zero interest. However, I am designated a "sensitive person" for compliance purposes in the new job and am subject to very severe restrictions on personal trading. How do people in similar situations manage their personal finances? [more inside]
posted by kramer1975 on Aug 5, 2012 - 7 answers

What specific kind of financial investing would give the greatest return based on a $2,500,000 investment? Stocks, bonds, mutual fund, etc?

What specific kind of financial investing would give the greatest return based on a $2,500,000 investment? Stocks, bonds, mutual fund, etc? [more inside]
posted by lorebella on Jul 31, 2012 - 22 answers

The ultimate first-world problem

I'm a young person with no debt and a pile of money to invest. The catch: I'm not real confident about the long-term health of the US economy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 24, 2012 - 25 answers

Buy A House With Cash

My wife and I are buying a house in Austin, Texas ( Steiner Ranch ). We are trying to figure out how we want to finance it. We have the means to pay for the house with cash. We are being offered a mortgage at 3.6%. The cost of the house would represent about 50% of our net worth. The other 50% is fairly liquid, with an even spread between 401k, index funds, 529's, and cash. Should we do it? [more inside]
posted by jasondigitized on Jul 11, 2012 - 25 answers

How can I quickly obtain a pre-1996 Netscape SEC filing?

How can I get a copy of Netscape's last prospectus prior to its Aug. 9, 1995, IPO, as quickly and cheaply as possible? [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on May 28, 2012 - 3 answers

Is this famous investment scam real or fiction?

A crooked stockbroker sends newsletters to 1000 people; half the newsletters say stock A will go up, half say it goes down. Stock A goes down. He sends 500 new newsletters to the people who got a correct prediction about stock A; half of the new newsletters say stock B is going up, half say it's going down. He then sends 250 more newsletters... etc. Eventually there's a handful of people who've gotten eight straight correct picks from him, and those suckers invest their life savings. Has this scam ever been carried out in real life, or is it just a story? [more inside]
posted by escabeche on May 25, 2012 - 18 answers

What motivates WS financial analysts following stocks to give out their recommendations for free? These recommendatins can be found on Mornigstar etc.

What motivates financial analysts following stocks to give out their recommendations for free? These recommendations are then shared by sites like Yahoo Finance, morning star etc. Also, most of these sites say analyst recommendation. Is there a way to see which analyst is making the recommendation? Which site would you recommend for researching analyst recommendations for stocks? I am curious because financial analysts don't seem like people who would give away information for free. I am curious about what motivates them to share such valuable info. Also, it would really help to know a reliable site that collects and shres these recommendations
posted by r2d2 on May 13, 2012 - 17 answers

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