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.
Can successful investors predict changes in the markets? Some can but others miss the market’s signals.
Getting what you want out of your money may require the right game plan.
Bridging the Confidence Gap
In the world of finance, the effects of the "confidence gap" can be especially apparent.
A Taxing Story: Capital Gains and Losses
Understanding how capital gains are taxed may help you refine your investment strategies.
When Markets React
When markets shift, experienced investors stick to their strategy.
In investments, one great debate asks the question, “Active or Passive Investing: Which Is Better?”
Diversification is an investment principle designed to manage risk, but it can't prevent against a loss.
You make decisions for your portfolio, but how much do you really know about the products you buy? Try this quiz
Understanding the economy's cycles can help put current business conditions in better perspective.
Are you a thrill seeker, or content to relax in the backyard? Use this flowchart to find out more about your risk tolerance.
International funds invest in non-U.S. markets, while global funds may invest in U.S. stocks alongside non-U.S. stocks.
Estimate the potential impact taxes and inflation can have on the purchasing power of an investment.
Determine if you are eligible to contribute to a traditional or Roth IRA.
This questionnaire will help determine your tolerance for investment risk.
Use this calculator to compare the future value of investments with different tax consequences.
Use this calculator to better see the potential impact of compound interest on an asset.
This calculator helps determine your pre-tax and after-tax dividend yield on a particular stock.
There are some smart strategies that may help you pursue your investment objectives
Principles that can help create a portfolio designed to pursue investment goals.
From the Dutch East India Company to Wall Street, the stock market has a long and storied history.
Learning more about gold and its history may help you decide whether it has a place in your portfolio.
We all know the stock market can be unpredictable. We all want to know, “What’s next for the financial markets?”
Even low inflation rates can pose a threat to investment returns.
Agent Jane Bond is on the case, uncovering the mystery of bond laddering.
All about how missing the best market days (or the worst!) might affect your portfolio.