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.
Getting what you want out of your money may require the right game plan.
Bursting the Bubble
Tulips were the first, but they won’t be the last. What forms a “bubble” and what causes them to burst?
The Utility of Sector Investing
Successful sector investing is dependent upon an accurate analysis about when to rotate in and out.
Bridging the Confidence Gap
In the world of finance, the effects of the "confidence gap" can be especially apparent.
Among stock-market investors there’s long been a debate between those who favor value and those who favor growth.
A company's profits can be reinvested or paid out to the company’s shareholders as “dividends."
Understanding how capital gains are taxed may help you refine your investment strategies.
The recent market drop is an important reminder of why it's important to take a long-term view.
This worksheet can help you estimate the costs of a four-year college program.
Alternative investments are going mainstream for accredited investors. It’s critical to sort through the complexity.
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 compare the future value of investments with different tax consequences.
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.
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.
There are some key concepts to understand when investing for retirement
The seas of the market are constantly shifting. Whether the good ship IPO can set sail may depend heavily on the tides.
With alternative investments, it’s critical to sort through the complexity.
Pundits say a lot of things about the markets. Let's see if you can keep up.
Can successful investors predict changes in the markets? Some can but others miss the market’s signals.
Smart investors take the time to separate emotion from fact.
Agent Jane Bond is on the case, discovering how bonds diversify a portfolio.