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 Business Cycle
How will you weather the ups and downs of the business cycle?
Don’t Be Your Own Worst Enemy
Emotional biases can adversely impact financial decision making. Here’s a few to be mindful of.
Bursting the Bubble
Tulips were the first, but they won’t be the last. What forms a “bubble” and what causes them to burst?
Is it possible to avoid loss? Not entirely, but you can attempt to manage risk.
Learn about the role of inflation when considering your portfolio’s rate of return with this helpful article.
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.
It's important to understand how inflation is reported and how it can affect investments.
You face a risk for which the market does not compensate you, that can not be easily reduced through diversification.
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.
Use this calculator to compare the future value of investments with different tax consequences.
Estimate the potential impact taxes and inflation can have on the purchasing power of an investment.
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.
There are some smart strategies that may help you pursue your investment objectives
Even low inflation rates can pose a threat to investment returns.
With alternative investments, it’s critical to sort through the complexity.
In the world of finance, the effects of the "confidence gap" can be especially apparent.
An amusing and whimsical look at behavioral finance best practices for investors.
We all know the stock market can be unpredictable. We all want to know, “What’s next for the financial markets?”
Agent Jane Bond is on the case, uncovering the mystery of bond laddering.