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.
In the world of finance, the effects of the "confidence gap" can be especially apparent.
Getting what you want out of your money may require the right game plan.
Bursting the Bubble
Tulips were the first, but they won’t be the last. What forms a “bubble” and what causes them to burst?
How Stocks Work
Understanding how a stock works is key to understanding your investments.
Events on Wall Street
Can successful investors predict changes in the markets? Some can but others miss the market’s signals.
Are you a thrill seeker, or content to relax in the backyard? Use this flowchart to find out more about your risk tolerance.
If you are concerned about inflation and expect short-term interest rates may increase, TIPS could be worth considering.
This worksheet can help you estimate the costs of a four-year college program.
In investments, one great debate asks the question, “Active or Passive Investing: Which Is Better?”
Alternative investments are going mainstream for accredited investors. It’s critical to sort through the complexity.
Gaining a better understanding of municipal bonds makes more sense than ever.
Use this calculator to compare the future value of investments with different tax consequences.
This calculator can help you estimate how much you should be saving for college.
Use this calculator to better see the potential impact of compound interest on an asset.
Estimate the potential impact taxes and inflation can have on the purchasing power of an investment.
This calculator helps determine your pre-tax and after-tax dividend yield on a particular stock.
Determine if you are eligible to contribute to a traditional or Roth IRA.
There are some smart strategies that may help you pursue your investment objectives
There are hundreds of ETFs available. Should you invest in them?
From the Dutch East India Company to Wall Street, the stock market has a long and storied history.
What if instead of buying that vacation home, you invested the money?
Agent Jane Bond is on the case, discovering how bonds diversify a portfolio.
We all know the stock market can be unpredictable. We all want to know, “What’s next for the financial markets?”
$1 million in a diversified portfolio could help finance part of your retirement.