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.
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There are hundreds of ETFs available. Should you invest in them?
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Investors seeking world investments can choose between global and international funds. What's the difference?
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Earnings season can move markets. What is it and why is it important?
The Real Cost of a Vacation Home
What if instead of buying that vacation home, you invested the money?
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Emotional biases can adversely impact financial decision making. Here’s a few to be mindful of.
The Investment Risk No One’s Ever Heard Of
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Are you a thrill seeker, or content to relax in the backyard? Use this flowchart to find out more about your risk tolerance.
How Financial Professionals Are Compensated
Read this overview to learn how financial advisors are compensated.
The ABCs of Zero Coupon Bonds
Understanding some basic concepts may help you assess whether zero-coupon bonds have a place in your portfolio.
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Contributing to an IRA?
Determine if you are eligible to contribute to a traditional or Roth IRA.
Taxable vs. Tax-Deferred Savings
Use this calculator to compare the future value of investments with different tax consequences.
Saving for College
This calculator can help you estimate how much you should be saving for college.
How Compound Interest Works
Use this calculator to better see the potential impact of compound interest on an asset.
What Is the Dividend Yield?
This calculator helps determine your pre-tax and after-tax dividend yield on a particular stock.
Impact of Taxes and Inflation
Estimate the potential impact taxes and inflation can have on the purchasing power of an investment.
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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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The Fed and How It Got That Way
Here is a quick history of the Federal Reserve and an overview of what it does.
16 Wall Street Cliches in 60 Seconds
Pundits say a lot of things about the markets. Let's see if you can keep up.
Bull and Bear Go To Market
Learn about the difference between bulls and bears—markets, that is!
The Cycle of Investing
Understanding the cycle of investing may help you avoid easy pitfalls.
Are Alternative Investments Right for You?
With alternative investments, it’s critical to sort through the complexity.
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