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.
Global and International Funds
Investors seeking world investments can choose between global and international funds. What's the difference?
Consider how your assets are allocated and if that allocation is consistent with your time frame and risk tolerance.
Emerging Market Opportunities
What are your options for investing in emerging markets?
Over time, different investments' performances can shift a portfolio’s intent and risk profile. Rebalancing may be critical.
Gaining a better understanding of municipal bonds makes more sense than ever.
International funds invest in non-U.S. markets, while global funds may invest in U.S. stocks alongside non-U.S. stocks.
Diversification is an investment principle designed to manage risk, but it can't prevent against a loss.
If you are concerned about inflation and expect short-term interest rates may increase, TIPS could be worth considering.
Bonds may outperform stocks one year only to have stocks rebound the next.
Estimate the potential impact taxes and inflation can have on the purchasing power of an investment.
Determine if you are eligible to contribute to a traditional or Roth IRA.
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.
Use this calculator to better see the potential impact of compound interest on an asset.
This questionnaire will help determine your tolerance for investment risk.
There are some smart strategies that may help you pursue your investment objectives
We all know the stock market can be unpredictable. We all want to know, “What’s next for the financial markets?”
Learn about the difference between bulls and bears—markets, that is!
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.
All about how missing the best market days (or the worst!) might affect your portfolio.
Savvy investors take the time to separate emotion from fact.
Even low inflation rates can pose a threat to investment returns.