Investing should be easy – just buy low and sell high – but most of us have trouble following that simple advice. There are principles and strategies that may enable you to put together an investment portfolio that reflects your risk tolerance, time horizon, and goals. Understanding these principles and strategies can help you avoid some of the pitfalls that snare some investors.
Investors seeking world investments can choose between global and international funds. What's the difference?
There are some key concepts to understand when investing for retirement.
Bursting the Bubble
Tulips were the first, but they won’t be the last. What forms a “bubble” and what causes them to burst?
Required Reading: The Economic Report of the President
The Economic Report of the President can help identify the forces driving — or dragging — the economy.
Events on Wall Street
Can successful investors predict changes in the markets? Some can but others miss the market’s signals.
Understanding the economy's cycles can help put current business conditions in better perspective.
A company's profits can be reinvested or paid out to the company’s shareholders as “dividends."
If you are concerned about inflation and expect short-term interest rates may increase, TIPS could be worth considering.
The S&P 500 represents a large portion of the value of the U.S. equity market, it may be worth understanding.
Read this overview to learn how financial advisors are compensated.
Exchange-traded funds have some things in common with mutual funds, but there are differences, too.
Determine if you are eligible to contribute to a traditional or Roth IRA.
This calculator helps determine your pre-tax and after-tax dividend yield on a particular stock.
Estimate the potential impact taxes and inflation can have on the purchasing power of an investment.
This questionnaire will help determine your tolerance for investment risk.
Use this calculator to better see the potential impact of compound interest on an asset.
Use this calculator to compare the future value of investments with different tax consequences.
There are some key concepts to understand when investing for retirement
Principles that can help create a portfolio designed to pursue investment goals.
There are some smart strategies that may help you pursue your investment objectives
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From the Dutch East India Company to Wall Street, the stock market has a long and storied history.
All about how missing the best market days (or the worst!) might affect your portfolio.
It's easy to let investments accumulate like old receipts in a junk drawer.
Even low inflation rates can pose a threat to investment returns.
Agent Jane Bond is on the case, uncovering the mystery of bond laddering.