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?
It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times
All about how missing the best market days (or the worst!) might affect your portfolio.
The Great Debate Continues: Active vs. Passive
In investments, one great debate asks the question, “Active or Passive Investing: Which Is Better?”
Bursting the Bubble
Tulips were the first, but they won’t be the last. What forms a “bubble” and what causes them to burst?
Consider how your assets are allocated and if that allocation is consistent with your time frame and risk tolerance.
Most stock market analysis falls into three broad groups: Fundamental, technical, and sentimental. Here’s a look at each.
Understanding how capital gains are taxed may help you refine your investment strategies.
Are you a thrill seeker, or content to relax in the backyard? Use this flowchart to find out more about your risk tolerance.
Read this overview to learn how financial advisors are compensated.
You face a risk for which the market does not compensate you, that can not be easily reduced through diversification.
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.
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.
Agent Jane Bond is on the case, discovering how bonds diversify a portfolio.
The seas of the market are constantly shifting. Whether the good ship IPO can set sail may depend heavily on the tides.
Smart investors take the time to separate emotion from fact.
From the Dutch East India Company to Wall Street, the stock market has a long and storied history.
Agent Jane Bond is on the case, uncovering the mystery of bond laddering.
Even low inflation rates can pose a threat to investment returns.