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.
The Business Cycle
How will you weather the ups and downs of the business cycle?
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Emotional vs. Strategic Decisions
Information vs. instinct. Are your choices based on evidence of emotion?
Getting a Head Start on College Savings
A few strategies that may help you prepare for the cost of higher education.
How the Federal Reserve Works
Each day, the Fed is behind the scenes supporting the economy and providing services to the U.S. financial system.
Pullbacks, Corrections, and Bear Markets
When the market experiences volatility, it may be a good time to review these common terms.
Types of Stock Market Analysis
Most stock market analysis falls into three broad groups: Fundamental, technical, and sentimental. Here’s a look at each.
The Sequence of Returns
A look at how variable rates of return impact investors over time.
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Taxable vs. Tax-Deferred Savings
Use this calculator to compare the future value of investments with different tax consequences.
How Compound Interest Works
Use this calculator to better see the potential impact of compound interest on an asset.
What Is the Dividend Yield?
This calculator helps determine your pre-tax and after-tax dividend yield on a particular stock.
What Is My Risk Tolerance?
This questionnaire will help determine your tolerance for investment risk.
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The Cycle of Investing
Understanding the cycle of investing may help you avoid easy pitfalls.
What Smart Investors Know
Savvy investors take the time to separate emotion from fact.
From Boats to Brokers
From the Dutch East India Company to Wall Street, the stock market has a long and storied history.
When Markets React
When markets shift, experienced investors stick to their strategy.
Inflation and Your Portfolio
Even low inflation rates can pose a threat to investment returns.
An amusing and whimsical look at behavioral finance best practices for investors.
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