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Forum: Business, Finance, and Investing 11-27-2007, 09:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 43
Posted By gull
Re: Cheapest no frills trading

Wells Fargo (min $25k) and Zecco (min $2.5k) both offer free trades. Bank of America does as well, but BofA requires $25k in checking/low-interest savings which makes the deal worthless.
Forum: Business, Finance, and Investing 11-27-2007, 09:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 27
Posted By gull
Re: Vanguard ETF\'s: VWO: Put more of my money into emerging markets?

High international allocations help diversify a portfolio. A 50/50 split is usually a good starting point for splitting domestic and foreign equity. The market cap of the US is now like 40% or...
Forum: Business, Finance, and Investing 11-24-2007, 02:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 17
Posted By gull
Re: 5K to invest help

You're are right that you would earn about $105.

I'm not a tax specialist, but I believe you still are supposed to file taxes. However, if your income is only $105 for the year, you won't pay any...
Forum: Business, Finance, and Investing 11-22-2007, 12:42 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 30
Posted By gull
Re: if we go into a recession or bear market

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TIPS are so nice right now.

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Actually, the TIPS yields are quite low now.


If you guys want exposure to TIPS, CCFs, or REITs, here is what I would recommend:
Forum: Business, Finance, and Investing 11-22-2007, 12:33 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 24
Posted By gull
Re: Buying stocks with high dividends?

An index fund will have much lower volatility (and hence better risk-adjusted returns) than individual stocks. WisdomTree has some dividend-weighted ETFs that may interest you. Be aware that high...
Forum: Business, Finance, and Investing 11-22-2007, 12:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 27
Posted By gull
Re: Vanguard ETF\'s: VWO: Put more of my money into emerging markets?

Your allocation looks great (except that it only adds up 90%). I'd stick with it. Don't worry about the weak dollar.
Forum: Business, Finance, and Investing 11-20-2007, 04:31 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 19
Posted By gull
Re: Ultrashort ETF: Good if Feeling Bearish?

I would stay very far away from these investments.

First, stocks have a positive expectation (derived from the risk premium). Shorting an asset with a positive expectation is -EV.

Second, these...
Forum: Business, Finance, and Investing 11-20-2007, 04:28 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 30
Posted By gull
Re: if we go into a recession or bear market

International equities are highly correlated to US markets. Small international/emerging are slightly less correlated.


The best diversifiers of an equity portfolio are:

CCFs (negative...
Forum: Business, Finance, and Investing 11-12-2007, 07:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 15
Posted By gull
Re: Diversified/Tilted Portfolio using Vanguard index funds

Your portfolio looks great. There are probably ways you can tweak it in order to improve it, but don't fall into the trap of inaction - the most important thing is to get the money invested....
Forum: Business, Finance, and Investing 11-12-2007, 07:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 6
Posted By gull
Re: Once Roth is Maxed out...

Lump summing is ideal.

While it's true that DCA has lower variance, it also has lower returns. If you want lower variance, lump sum into a more conservative portfolio instead of DCAing.

DCA is...
Forum: Business, Finance, and Investing 11-12-2007, 07:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 8
Posted By gull
Re: Transferring Roth IRA at ING to Vanguard

This is very possible. ING may charge you a small fee, however.

Typically, you just have to fill out transfer forms for the receiving company (Vanguard, in your case), and they will do the rest...
Forum: Business, Finance, and Investing 11-12-2007, 02:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 8
Posted By gull
Re: Is this a good site to rely on?

No, I do not recommend this site. Do not waste money or time on the subscription.
Forum: Student Life 10-20-2007, 07:15 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3
Posted By gull
Re: Need help picking a major.. tell me about yours!

Engineering Physics:

Avoid this major if you don't like math.
Forum: Business, Finance, and Investing 10-16-2007, 12:30 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 32
Posted By gull
Re: 50% returns on small amounts?

Finding an investment that can return 50% is simple.

Finding an investment with an expected (average) return of 50% is not simple. The only reasonable way to do it is by using leverage (borrowing...
Forum: Business, Finance, and Investing 10-08-2007, 09:18 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 7
Posted By gull
Re: How safe is the stock market?

VTI is the best of those four funds. It's well diversified and cheap. The others are redundant. I would also suggest to diversify into other asset classes, such as foreign stocks, to reduce your risk.
Forum: Business, Finance, and Investing 10-06-2007, 09:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 9
Posted By gull
Re: ETF -vs- Mutual Funds

Commissions are indeed $0 at Zecco, but that doesn't mean buying and selling is free. You still have the implicit cost of one half of the bid-ask spread.
Forum: Business, Finance, and Investing 09-30-2007, 04:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 6
Posted By gull
Forum: Business, Finance, and Investing 09-28-2007, 04:44 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 18
Posted By gull
Re: Opened Roth IRA through ING, bad idea?

1.25% is needless high. Can you transfer the Roth IRA to a different company?
Forum: Business, Finance, and Investing 09-25-2007, 10:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 8
Posted By gull
Re: Best Online Broker - Small $ Amounts

Zecco will be the cheapest.
Forum: Business, Finance, and Investing 09-22-2007, 07:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 4
Posted By gull
Re: Should I actually pay attention to the stock pics from magazines?

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assume they are print stuff just to fill up pages

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Forum: Business, Finance, and Investing 09-22-2007, 07:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 14
Posted By gull
Re: DoIIar Cost Averaging

Are you asking what's a reasonable proportion of your salary to save each year?

Are you asking how quickly to invest some amount that you already have?

Or are you asking something else entirely?
Forum: Business, Finance, and Investing 09-16-2007, 08:58 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5
Posted By gull
Re: for long term investments, why not go 100% emerging markets?

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What are some good long term investments other than emerging markets. Id like to have something high return/risk as well as E.M, but obv dont want all eggs in 1 basket.

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Forum: Business, Finance, and Investing 09-16-2007, 07:01 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5
Posted By gull
Re: for long term investments, why not go 100% emerging markets?

The reason that early losses are tolerable and late losses are less tolerable is that you do/can work and contribute capital to the portfolio. If you're 25 with a $25,000 portfolio, a -20% return is...
Forum: Business, Finance, and Investing 09-16-2007, 06:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 6
Posted By gull
Re: My simple, safe(?), strategy for stock picking

I doubt you will beat the market. Most people don't.

I see no reason at all to take on unrewarded, diversifiable risk by owning only a few stocks. This will hurt your risk-adjusted returns.
Forum: Business, Finance, and Investing 09-16-2007, 06:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 8
Posted By gull
Re: Online Stock Trading Sites.....

Zecco is popular because of its $0 commissions. Zecco is legitimate, but it's relatively new and there is a risk that it could be acquired by another company in the next decade. Wells Fargo also has...
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