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How can I invest in bitcoin?

There are at least three ways, though only one of them looks rational today. First, you could mine your own bitcoins. Second, you could buy some from an exchange. Third, you could buy shares in a fund that has invested in bitcoins.
Please note that answering your question is not a recommendation, and I am not qualified to give advice on investments. However, as electronic payments expert Dave Birch put it to me on Twitter: “one doesn’t invest in bitcoin, one gambles on bitcoin”.
The problem is that people can make money by buying things that are essentially worthless, such as used postage stamps, Beanie Babies, and (historically) tulip bulbs. Tulipmania operated on the “bigger fool” theory, also known among stock traders as “momentum investing”. For example, tulip bulb prices may be insane but they keep going up. I may be a fool to buy them, but I expect a bigger fool to buy them from me. Simply replace “buy low, sell high” with “buy high, sell higher”. This works until you run out o…

Good Reasons to Invest in Foreign Stocks Right Now

They’re cheap, rallying and provide diversification.
After badly trailing U.S. stocks for most of the past decade, foreign stocks are suddenly on fire. Is now the time to load up on them, or is it already too late? And what portion of your stock money should you invest overseas?
Consider recent returns. Since the start of the year, the MSCI EAFE index of stocks in foreign developed markets rose 13.3%, and the MSCI Emerging Markets index soared 17.7%. Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index, though it had a not-too-shabby return of 9.5%, is running far behind. (All returns in this article are through July 7.)
But foreign stocks’ recent performance follows a truly abysmal decade, when they returned virtually nothing. Over the past 10 years, the MSCI developed market index returned an annualized 0.8%, and the emerging-markets index returned an annualized 1.4%—even with the recent rally. Many foreign bourses have yet to climb above their 2007 pre-bear-market highs. Over the same 10 years, …

How to Invest to Always Consistent Returns?

One of the major demands that the infrastructure bankers and advisors come across from the prospective clients is an investment policy with zero risks. Most people look for such an investment option and still reap high interest - which is practically an impossible demand in the first place.
Most individuals who are retired or would soon be retired have such queries, and some of the top options are the money market funds, certificates of deposit and much more. The first and the foremost thing to be kept in mind when you are going for investment is that do not expect unrealistically high returns. No type of investment plan can bring home such high returns anyway.
Dividend paying stocks
There are many different companies which yield dividend paying stocks that are way higher than many risk free investments. However, at the same time, they help you participate in any capital gain. If you are trying to opt for risk free options with consistent returns, this may appear potentially risky to …