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  • Report this Comment On November 24, 2010, at 4:18 AM, CommodityTips wrote:

    If you are looking for a safer or less risky long-term investment opportunity, purchasing mutual funds is an investment to consider, especially if you are a novice investor. Since there are limitless possible combinations of investment vehicles for mutual funds, there will be a fund for everyone, including those who want to be very careful with their funds. Additionally, these funds are diversified investments and are professionally managed which is something that many do-it-yourself investors are incapable of doing. As always though you should make sure you fully understand all of your investments and if you are unclear make sure to consult your financial advisor before investing.

  • Report this Comment On October 26, 2011, at 9:39 PM, bruceoffools wrote:

    This is more a ? than a comment. I don't know much about investing thats why I joined TMF. Can you tell me about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. What will their roles be in the future. At one point in the last four or five years the stocks were selling at $135 a share. Now it is 25 cents a share. With the Presidents new mortgage initiative that would allow people to refinance those upside down mortgages thru FM and would this effect the stock price down the line. Would it be wise to buy now and hold on for a few years until things get better or not. Thank you Bruceoffools

  • Report this Comment On December 14, 2015, at 5:29 PM, 8lackie wrote:

    I've just joined, but I find it disconcerting on a site that teaches when I see questions like this that it seems were never addressed.

  • Report this Comment On April 08, 2016, at 4:04 AM, vaily38 wrote:

    Maybe I just like to play it safe but I am always investing in the long term. I think the risk is too high with short term investments. I have recently found out about binary options like these here and I am wondering if they are safe. Does anybody have experience with binary options brokers? Let me know

  • Report this Comment On June 02, 2016, at 9:09 AM, LuckyBush wrote:

    Playing long term is not playing safe, it's as risky. It's just that you have more time to react to sudden movements and act accordingly - not seconds, but days and weeks to understand if your investment failed and get rid of it.

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