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.
Even low inflation rates can pose a threat to investment returns.
Getting what you want out of your money may require the right game plan.
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A look at how variable rates of return impact investors over time.
Consider how your assets are allocated and if that allocation is consistent with your time frame and risk tolerance.
Why have the markets been so volatile recently?
Understanding how a stock works is key to understanding your investments.
You face a risk for which the market does not compensate you, that can not be easily reduced through diversification.
The S&P 500 represents a large portion of the value of the U.S. equity market, it may be worth understanding.
This calculator can help you estimate how much you should be saving for college.
This questionnaire will help determine your tolerance for investment risk.
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.
Determine if you are eligible to contribute to a traditional or Roth IRA.
Use this calculator to better see the potential impact of compound interest on an asset.
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.
Understanding the cycle of investing may help you avoid easy pitfalls.
From the Dutch East India Company to Wall Street, the stock market has a long and storied history.
What are your options for investing in emerging markets?
Agent Jane Bond is on the case, cracking the code on bonds.
An amusing and whimsical look at behavioral finance best practices for investors.