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.
Jane Bond: Scaling the Ladder
Agent Jane Bond is on the case, uncovering the mystery of bond laddering.
5 Smart Investing Strategies
Getting what you want out of your money may require the right game plan.
Should I Invest in Gold?
Learning more about gold and its history may help you decide whether it has a place in your portfolio.
Bull & Bear Markets: A Timeline
This helpful infographic will define bull and bear markets, as well as give a historical overview.
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Inflation & Your Money
It's important to understand how inflation is reported and how it can affect investments.
Why Regular Rebalancing Makes Sense
Without your knowing, your investment portfolio could be off-kilter.
The Utility of Sector Investing
Successful sector investing is dependent upon an accurate analysis about when to rotate in and out.
Getting a Head Start on College Savings
A few strategies that may help you prepare for the cost of higher education.
A Look at Diversification
Diversification is an investment principle designed to manage risk, but it can't prevent against a loss.
A Primer on Dividends
A company's profits can be reinvested or paid out to the company’s shareholders as “dividends."
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What Is My Risk Tolerance?
This questionnaire will help determine your tolerance for investment risk.
Taxable vs. Tax-Deferred Savings
Use this calculator to compare the future value of investments with different tax consequences.
Contributing to an IRA?
Determine if you are eligible to contribute to a traditional or Roth IRA.
Saving for College
This calculator can help you estimate how much you should be saving for college.
Impact of Taxes and Inflation
Estimate the potential impact taxes and inflation can have on the purchasing power of an investment.
What Is the Dividend Yield?
This calculator helps determine your pre-tax and after-tax dividend yield on a particular stock.
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5 Smart Investing Strategies
There are some smart strategies that may help you pursue your investment objectives
5 Smart Investing Principles
Principles that can help create a portfolio designed to pursue investment goals.
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An amusing and whimsical look at behavioral finance best practices for investors.
Finding the Balance
The sandwich generation faces unique challenges. For many, meeting needs is a matter of finding a balance.
The Fed and How It Got That Way
Here is a quick history of the Federal Reserve and an overview of what it does.
Should You Invest in Exchange Traded Funds?
There are hundreds of ETFs available. Should you invest in them?
Where Is the Market Headed?
We all know the stock market can be unpredictable. We all want to know, “What’s next for the financial markets?”
What Can a Million Dollars Buy You?
$1 million in a diversified portfolio could help finance part of your retirement.