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.
Can successful investors predict changes in the markets? Some can but others miss the market’s signals.
The Junk Drawer Approach to Investing
It's easy to let investments accumulate like old receipts in a junk drawer.
The ABCs of Zero Coupon Bonds
Understanding some basic concepts may help you assess whether zero-coupon bonds have a place in your portfolio.
What Smart Investors Know
Smart investors take the time to separate emotion from fact.
Why have the markets been so volatile recently?
It's important to understand how inflation is reported and how it can affect investments.
If you are concerned about inflation and expect short-term interest rates may increase, TIPS could be worth considering.
Most stock market analysis falls into three broad groups: Fundamental, technical, and sentimental. Here’s a look at each.
Understanding how capital gains are taxed may help you refine your investment strategies.
International funds invest in non-U.S. markets, while global funds may invest in U.S. stocks alongside non-U.S. stocks.
Estimate the potential impact taxes and inflation can have on the purchasing power of an investment.
This calculator helps determine your pre-tax and after-tax dividend yield on a particular stock.
This calculator can help you estimate how much you should be saving for college.
Determine if you are eligible to contribute to a traditional or Roth IRA.
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.
Agent Jane Bond is on the case, uncovering the mystery of bond laddering.
Understanding the cycle of investing may help you avoid easy pitfalls.
What are your options for investing in emerging markets?
There are hundreds of ETFs available. Should you invest in them?
Tulips were the first, but they won’t be the last. What forms a “bubble” and what causes them to burst?
All about how missing the best market days (or the worst!) might affect your portfolio.