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  1. #101
    Quote Originally Posted by SteelCityDeac View Post
    I'd be interested in seeing what some finance-types would suggest for alternatives to savings accounts, seeing as how interest rates are absurdly low.
    Go with an intermediate term bond fund. Rather safe and pays a good coupon.

  2. #102
    Quote Originally Posted by SteelCityDeac View Post
    I'd be interested in seeing what some finance-types would suggest for alternatives to savings accounts, seeing as how interest rates are absurdly low.
    What's the fourth demandment? Believe in yourself. Get a checking account and spend America out of this recession. DO IT!!! You can!

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    any real estate investors out there?

    currently doing the company 401k (100% match for first 3%, 50% match for next 2%) and wachovia way2save (5% interest rate for first year, maxing it out with $100/month transfer yields $60 interest accrued).

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    This is the last straw, U.S. Bank. Just because I don't work for you anymore, doesn't mean you can take away my 1% rewards on my debit card for all signature transactions.

    As soon as I can get over to PNC, I'm switching.

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    Lessons learned today.

    Don't make rash investment decisions and make sure I'm investing a large enough amount of money to offset commissions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TWDeac View Post
    Lessons learned today.

    Don't make rash investment decisions and make sure I'm investing a large enough amount of money to offset commissions.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dented View Post
    I like to make sure I purchase enough of each position so that overall cost of buying and selling is 1% or less of the transaction. I use Fidelity which is $8 per trade so I always buy at least $1600 of whatever I am purchasing (I reduce this to $800 when I am dollar cost averaging a position in which I have conviction as I will sell the whole lot at once at the end keeping the costs to 1% overall). If I dont have enough conviction in something than to spend at least my minimums on it then I shouldnt be buying it anyway.
    Thats from two weeks ago.

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    Good news though, I've saved $1,000 in my savings account, so I should be getting a $50 debit card in the mail in a few weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dented View Post
    Thats from two weeks ago.
    I was referencing this actually. I just sold three(wtf was I thinking) shares of some garbage stock today that I had bought 3 months ago.

    I really appreciate your advice.

  9. #109
    Quote Originally Posted by TWDeac View Post
    I was referencing this actually. I just sold three(wtf was I thinking) shares of some garbage stock today that I had bought 3 months ago.

    I really appreciate your advice.
    No problem. I learned a lot of my lessons the hard way so I try to help others avoid those same mistakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dented View Post
    No problem. I learned a lot of my lessons the hard way so I try to help others avoid those same mistakes.
    I think I'm going through this right now to a certain extent

  11. #111
    Quote Originally Posted by TWDeac View Post
    Lessons learned today.

    Don't make rash investment decisions and make sure I'm investing a large enough amount of money to offset commissions.
    Yeah, those are both good lessons.

    Yesterday I bought some Verizon and Merck... was looking at the Dogs of the Dow strategy and figured it couldn't hurt to get some dividend payments from blue chips.

  12. #112
    Any opinions on S&P 500 index funds?

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    im no expert but do pay attention to expense ratios and vanguard and fidelity seem to have the lowest. i personally have the vanguard s & p 500 index fund.

  14. #114
    Quote Originally Posted by deacs1995 View Post
    im no expert but do pay attention to expense ratios and vanguard and fidelity seem to have the lowest. i personally have the vanguard s & p 500 index fund.
    Yeah I would just go with the lowest expense ratio since they are all tracking the S&P. Might depend on where you have an account as far as fees etc. Here's are the cheapest options my brokerage firm search brought up:

    Fidelity Spartan 500 Index Fund Fidelity Advantage Class FUSVX: 0.07% BUT has a $100k minimum investment so that likely limits it from contention...

    Schwab S&P 500 Index SWPPX: 0.09%, $100 minimum initial investment

    SSgA S&P 500 Index Fund Institutional Class SVSPX: 0.18%, $2.5k or $1k min depending on basic vs. IRA

    Vanguard 500 Index Fund Investor Class VFINX: 0.18%, $3k or $1k min depending on basic vs. IRA

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    Has anyone else been enjoying the run up in SLV the last few weeks?

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    I just reopened my account. whats everybody buying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deac2010 View Post
    I just reopened my account. whats everybody buying.
    My most recent purchase was Allos Therapeutics, but that was still awhile ago.

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    Is Facebook not in China? I'm going to buy some Zillow during their IPO and that will tap me out on spec stocks.

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    Yeah, that was my thought as well. I'm liking LinkedIn the most.

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