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.
Do you know how long it may take for your investments to double in value? The Rule of 72 is a quick way to figure it out.
Getting what you want out of your money may require the right game plan.
Inflation and Your Portfolio
Even low inflation rates can pose a threat to investment returns.
Required Reading: The Economic Report of the President
The Economic Report of the President can help identify the forces driving — or dragging — the economy.
Global and International Funds
Investors seeking world investments can choose between global and international funds. What's the difference?
International funds invest in non-U.S. markets, while global funds may invest in U.S. stocks alongside non-U.S. stocks.
Most stock market analysis falls into three broad groups: Fundamental, technical, and sentimental. Here’s a look at each.
Investors who put off important investment decisions may face potential consequence to their future financial security.
Understanding some basic concepts may help you assess whether zero-coupon bonds have a place in your portfolio.
Understanding the economy's cycles can help put current business conditions in better perspective.
Earnings season can move markets. What is it and why is it important?
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.
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.
Use this calculator to compare the future value of investments with different tax consequences.
This questionnaire will help determine your tolerance for investment risk.
There are some smart strategies that may help you pursue your investment objectives
There are some key concepts to understand when investing for retirement
Principles that can help create a portfolio designed to pursue investment goals.
It's easy to let investments accumulate like old receipts in a junk drawer.
What are your options for investing in emerging markets?
Learning more about gold and its history may help you decide whether it has a place in your portfolio.
Can successful investors predict changes in the markets? Some can but others miss the market’s signals.
From the Dutch East India Company to Wall Street, the stock market has a long and storied history.
Tulips were the first, but they won’t be the last. What forms a “bubble” and what causes them to burst?