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.
From the Dutch East India Company to Wall Street, the stock market has a long and storied history.
Getting what you want out of your money may require the right game plan.
When Markets React
When markets shift, experienced investors stick to their strategy.
The ABCs of Zero Coupon Bonds
Understanding some basic concepts may help you assess whether zero-coupon bonds have a place in your portfolio.
Bursting the Bubble
Tulips were the first, but they won’t be the last. What forms a “bubble” and what causes them to burst?
It's important to understand how inflation is reported and how it can affect investments.
Bonds may outperform stocks one year only to have stocks rebound the next.
Understanding how capital gains are taxed may help you refine your investment strategies.
Exchange-traded funds have some things in common with mutual funds, but there are differences, too.
Among stock-market investors there’s long been a debate between those who favor value and those who favor growth.
Read this overview to learn how financial advisors are compensated.
Determine if you are eligible to contribute to a traditional or Roth IRA.
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.
This questionnaire will help determine your tolerance for investment risk.
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.
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.
How will you weather the ups and downs of the business cycle?
How do the markets usually react to elections? Was the 2016 election any different?
$1 million in a diversified portfolio could help finance part of your retirement.
Can successful investors predict changes in the markets? Some can but others miss the market’s signals.
Understanding the cycle of investing may help you avoid easy pitfalls.
There are hundreds of ETFs available. Should you invest in them?