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.
Learn about the difference between bulls and bears—markets, that is!
Understanding how capital gains are taxed may help you refine your investment strategies.
Life happens fast, and your finances can take a backseat if you’re not careful. Is it time to check in with a financial professional? This infographic will help you examine your own financial situation and decide if it’s time to step up your financial game.
Understanding some basic concepts may help you assess whether zero-coupon bonds have a place in your portfolio.
Bonds may outperform stocks one year only to have stocks rebound the next.
This helpful infographic will define bull and bear markets, as well as give a historical overview.
Without your knowing, your investment portfolio could be off-kilter.
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.
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.
This calculator helps determine your pre-tax and after-tax dividend yield on a particular stock.
Use this calculator to compare the future value of investments with different tax consequences.
Agent Jane Bond is on the case, uncovering the mystery of bond laddering.
All about how missing the best market days (or the worst!) might affect your portfolio.
Savvy investors take the time to separate emotion from fact.
Tulips were the first, but they won’t be the last. What forms a “bubble” and what causes them to burst?
In the world of finance, the effects of the "confidence gap" can be especially apparent.
Understanding the cycle of investing may help you avoid easy pitfalls.