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Old 01-16-2019, 07:56 PM   #5201
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Passive tilts won't affect the overall levels of stock prices until it about doubles in %holdings, maybe more. We still have too many active managers.

Amazon goes up because it is an amazing company and wildly profitable and about to have another wildly profitable division after AWS, not because VOO new money buys it in the same percentage of the S+P 500 that AMZN already is.

You can always buy non-SPY stocks, or indices, or 'smart beta' or whatever.
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Old 01-16-2019, 08:27 PM   #5202
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Old 01-16-2019, 08:46 PM   #5203
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Passive tilts won't affect the overall levels of stock prices until it about doubles in %holdings, maybe more. We still have too many active managers.

Amazon goes up because it is an amazing company and wildly profitable and about to have another wildly profitable division after AWS, not because VOO new money buys it in the same percentage of the S+P 500 that AMZN already is.

You can always buy non-SPY stocks, or indices, or 'smart beta' or whatever.
Will the huge passive % make active managers more successful?
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Old 01-30-2019, 08:50 PM   #5204
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I want to buy puts for first time and just need some help. If I think a company is going to go down is the strike price the price I think it's going too? How does it work exactly? does the price have to dip to or below the strike for me to sell?

And from what I read it's not like a short. I don't get buried if the price goes up I simply lose the price of the put? is that accurate?
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Old 01-30-2019, 10:39 PM   #5205
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I want to buy puts for first time and just need some help. If I think a company is going to go down is the strike price the price I think it's going too? How does it work exactly? does the price have to dip to or below the strike for me to sell?

And from what I read it's not like a short. I don't get buried if the price goes up I simply lose the price of the put? is that accurate?
just google options and read. you can sell the option for a profit (or a loss) at any time, do not have to hold until expiration. last question is correct.
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Old 01-30-2019, 10:43 PM   #5206
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Amazon goes up because it is an amazing company and wildly profitable and about to have another wildly profitable division after AWS, not because VOO new money buys it in the same percentage of the S+P 500 that AMZN already is.
Some days AMZN and many other companies just go with the market regardless of whether the news, positive or negative, has much of an impact on them whatsoever. More buyers at a given time will push the price up and more sellers will push the price down. The fewer active traders, the greater the impact, IMO.

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Will the huge passive % make active managers more successful?
Would more passive money in the market generate greater returns for active investors? I would think so. That certainly hasn't been the case for most hedge fund managers in recent times though.
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Old 01-30-2019, 11:38 PM   #5207
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just google options and read. you can sell the option for a profit (or a loss) at any time, do not have to hold until expiration. last question is correct.
thanks. I will do more research.
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Old 02-16-2019, 05:31 PM   #5208
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I read book and make a thorough report/summary like an in-depth cliff notes along with personal experience as it relates to book. My partner does the same with his or her book.

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Old 02-16-2019, 07:00 PM   #5209
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BFI had a book club but it never really took off for some reason.
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Old 03-05-2019, 04:29 AM   #5210
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Hey guys, I'm looking for extremely easy book recommendations for for starting up a business for a newbie, I would like to go in the direction of real estate investing but not neccesary.

Any recommendations are greatly approciated thanks.
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Old 03-23-2019, 04:45 PM   #5211
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Has anyone got any thoughts about Metro Bank? It is listed on the LSE (ticker: MTRO).

I do not know how to value banks, looks tricky. I believe that it is the second most shorted stock. In March last year it was trading at 40 per share and is now 8.30.

I am not sure if people are over panicking because banks are so hard to value, but if they are it could be a great opportunity.

Just wondering if anyone here has been following it.
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Old 03-24-2019, 06:29 AM   #5212
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Hey guys, I'm looking for extremely easy book recommendations for for starting up a business for a newbie, I would like to go in the direction of real estate investing but not neccesary.

Any recommendations are greatly approciated thanks.
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Old 04-03-2019, 02:42 AM   #5213
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Hi guys I'd like your thoughts on this. A couple of years ago, I started investing my cash reserves into the market. These cash reserves are separate from my 401k, which in hindsight I should've maxed out my contributions but hindsight is 20/20.

My plan was to keep it in the market until mid/late 2020 and then convert to CDs in the hopes the economy and housing prices will start decreasing in my area so that I can purchase a house. While the returns have been solid, it's been signifantly below some benchmarks like S&P 500. Is it worth it to sell all my current under performing equities/funds and reinvest in a index fund for a year plus, or should I just leave it in my current funds and stick to my original plan? Thanks for the replies.
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Old 04-03-2019, 01:37 PM   #5214
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When you say in the market, what's the allocation?

Allocated money with a time horizon of one or two years should be treated as if you're about to retire. CDs, money market, or if you're in stocks/bonds, a 40/60 split or something like that. At this point you aren't concerned about max return. You care about preservation of capital.

Is this house you plan to buy more of an investment or somewhere you plan to live for a while? If this is gonna be your home, then I'd say don't be too picky about the price...

Obviously be reasonable, but if you buy the right home in the right place, then the price will be worth it and won't matter much.
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Old 04-04-2019, 01:55 AM   #5215
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When you say in the market, what's the allocation?

Allocated money with a time horizon of one or two years should be treated as if you're about to retire. CDs, money market, or if you're in stocks/bonds, a 40/60 split or something like that. At this point you aren't concerned about max return. You care about preservation of capital.

Is this house you plan to buy more of an investment or somewhere you plan to live for a while? If this is gonna be your home, then I'd say don't be too picky about the price...

Obviously be reasonable, but if you buy the right home in the right place, then the price will be worth it and won't matter much.
Hey Teflon,

When I mean in the market I mean in the stock market, equities/funds. I'm trying to squeeze out a few more percentage points of return in the next year or so, which is why I'd like to sell my underpeforming funds trade to an index fund that's closely resembling market returns.

The home I'm purchasing will be the one I'll be living at.

EDIT: After thinking about it, I'm going to reallocate to an index fund. Thanks for reading.

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Old 04-20-2019, 11:06 AM   #5216
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What's the best mobile app to browse stock prices...some news helpful too
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Old 04-20-2019, 12:26 PM   #5217
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What's the best mobile app to browse stock prices...some news helpful too
Yahoo finance and Wall Street Journal apps
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