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.
From the Dutch East India Company to Wall Street, the stock market has a long and storied history.
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Understanding some basic concepts may help you assess whether zero-coupon bonds have a place in your portfolio.
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You face a risk for which the market does not compensate you, that can not be easily reduced through diversification.
It's important to understand how inflation is reported and how it can affect investments.
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This calculator can help you estimate how much you should be saving for college.
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.
Use this calculator to better see the potential impact of compound interest on an asset.
This calculator helps determine your pre-tax and after-tax dividend yield on a particular stock.
Determine if you are eligible to contribute to a traditional or Roth IRA.
There are some smart strategies that may help you pursue your investment objectives
Principles that can help create a portfolio designed to pursue investment goals.
In the world of finance, the effects of the "confidence gap" can be especially apparent.
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With alternative investments, it’s critical to sort through the complexity.
An amusing and whimsical look at behavioral finance best practices for investors.
Here is a quick history of the Federal Reserve and an overview of what it does.