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.
Savvy investors take the time to separate emotion from fact.
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?
You Would Rather Be...
Are you a thrill seeker, or content to relax in the backyard? Use this flowchart to find out more about your risk tolerance.
Bridging the Confidence Gap
In the world of finance, the effects of the "confidence gap" can be especially apparent.
Bonds may outperform stocks one year only to have stocks rebound the next.
Most stock market analysis falls into three broad groups: Fundamental, technical, and sentimental. Here’s a look at each.
International funds invest in non-U.S. markets, while global funds may invest in U.S. stocks alongside non-U.S. stocks.
Gaining a better understanding of municipal bonds makes more sense than ever.
Understanding how a stock works is key to understanding your investments.
Among stock-market investors there’s long been a debate between those who favor value and those who favor growth.
Use this calculator to better see the potential impact of compound interest on an asset.
This calculator can help you estimate how much you should be saving for college.
Use this calculator to compare the future value of investments with different tax consequences.
Determine if you are eligible to contribute to a traditional or Roth IRA.
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.
Principles that can help create a portfolio designed to pursue investment goals.
There are some smart strategies that may help you pursue your investment objectives
Agent Jane Bond is on the case, discovering how bonds diversify a portfolio.
What if instead of buying that vacation home, you invested the money?
Here is a quick history of the Federal Reserve and an overview of what it does.
It's easy to let investments accumulate like old receipts in a junk drawer.
All about how missing the best market days (or the worst!) might affect your portfolio.
Understanding the cycle of investing may help you avoid easy pitfalls.