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.
All about how missing the best market days (or the worst!) might affect your portfolio.
Getting what you want out of your money may require the right game plan.
The Junk Drawer Approach to Investing
It's easy to let investments accumulate like old receipts in a junk drawer.
A Decision Not Made Is Still a Decision
Investors who put off important investment decisions may face potential consequence to their future financial security.
The Fed and How It Got That Way
Here is a quick history of the Federal Reserve and an overview of what it does.
Consider how your assets are allocated and if that allocation is consistent with your time frame and risk tolerance.
Bonds may outperform stocks one year only to have stocks rebound the next.
Understanding the economy's cycles can help put current business conditions in better perspective.
Understanding some basic concepts may help you assess whether zero-coupon bonds have a place in your portfolio.
Understanding how a stock works is key to understanding your investments.
You face a risk for which the market does not compensate you, that can not be easily reduced through diversification.
This questionnaire will help determine your tolerance for investment risk.
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 can help you estimate how much you should be saving for college.
Determine if you are eligible to contribute to a traditional or Roth IRA.
Use this calculator to compare the future value of investments with different tax consequences.
There are some key concepts to understand when investing for retirement
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.
With alternative investments, it’s critical to sort through the complexity.
How do the markets usually react to elections? Was the 2016 election any different?
Can successful investors predict changes in the markets? Some can but others miss the market’s signals.
What are your options for investing in emerging markets?
Agent Jane Bond is on the case, cracking the code on bonds.
What if instead of buying that vacation home, you invested the money?