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.
Should You Invest in Exchange Traded Funds?
There are hundreds of ETFs available. Should you invest in them?
Best Performing Asset Classes
Bonds may outperform stocks one year only to have stocks rebound the next.
From Boats to Brokers
From the Dutch East India Company to Wall Street, the stock market has a long and storied history.
Consider how your assets are allocated and if that allocation is consistent with your time frame and risk tolerance.
International funds invest in non-U.S. markets, while global funds may invest in U.S. stocks alongside non-U.S. stocks.
Successful sector investing is dependent upon an accurate analysis about when to rotate in and out.
You make decisions for your portfolio, but how much do you really know about the products you buy? Try this quiz
A company's profits can be reinvested or paid out to the company’s shareholders as “dividends."
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.
This questionnaire will help determine your tolerance for investment risk.
Determine if you are eligible to contribute to a traditional or Roth IRA.
Estimate the potential impact taxes and inflation can have on the purchasing power of an investment.
Use this calculator to compare the future value of investments with different tax consequences.
Use this calculator to better see the potential impact of compound interest on an asset.
In the world of finance, the effects of the "confidence gap" can be especially apparent.
The seas of the market are constantly shifting. Whether the good ship IPO can set sail may depend heavily on the tides.
What are your options for investing in emerging markets?
Even low inflation rates can pose a threat to investment returns.
Here is a quick history of the Federal Reserve and an overview of what it does.
What if instead of buying that vacation home, you invested the money?