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.
Pundits say a lot of things about the markets. Let's see if you can keep up.
Getting what you want out of your money may require the right game plan.
Jane Bond: Decoding Diversification
Agent Jane Bond is on the case, discovering how bonds diversify a portfolio.
Best-Performing Asset Classes
Bonds may outperform stocks one year only to have stocks rebound the next.
The Fed and How It Got That Way
Here is a quick history of the Federal Reserve and an overview of what it does.
Understanding how capital gains are taxed may help you refine your investment strategies.
Each day, the Fed is behind the scenes supporting the economy and providing services to the U.S. financial system.
Why have the markets been so volatile recently?
Over time, different investments' performances can shift a portfolio’s intent and risk profile. Rebalancing may be critical.
Emotional biases can adversely impact financial decision making. Here’s a few to be mindful of.
Thanks to the work of three economists, we have a better understanding of what determines an asset’s price.
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.
This calculator helps determine your pre-tax and after-tax dividend yield on a particular stock.
This questionnaire will help determine your tolerance for investment risk.
Determine if you are eligible to contribute to a traditional or Roth IRA.
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
Investors seeking world investments can choose between global and international funds. What's the difference?
Can successful investors predict changes in the markets? Some can but others miss the market’s signals.
In the world of finance, the effects of the "confidence gap" can be especially apparent.
How will you weather the ups and downs of the business cycle?
Do you know how long it may take for your investments to double in value? The Rule of 72 is a quick way to figure it out.
How do the markets usually react to elections? Was the 2016 election any different?