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.
Inflation and Your Portfolio
Even low inflation rates can pose a threat to investment returns.
Investing with Your Heart
For some, the social impact of investing is just as important as the return, perhaps more important.
The Fed and How It Got That Way
Here is a quick history of the Federal Reserve and an overview of what it does.
It's important to understand how inflation is reported and how it can affect investments.
Consider how your assets are allocated and if that allocation is consistent with your time frame and risk tolerance.
International funds invest in non-U.S. markets, while global funds may invest in U.S. stocks alongside non-U.S. stocks.
A company's profits can be reinvested or paid out to the company’s shareholders as “dividends."
If you are concerned about inflation and expect short-term interest rates may increase, TIPS could be worth considering.
In investments, one great debate asks the question, “Active or Passive Investing: Which Is Better?”
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 calculator can help you estimate how much you should be saving for college.
Estimate the potential impact taxes and inflation can have on the purchasing power of an investment.
This questionnaire will help determine your tolerance for investment risk.
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.
Pundits say a lot of things about the markets. Let's see if you can keep up.
In the world of finance, the effects of the "confidence gap" can be especially apparent.
$1 million in a diversified portfolio could help finance part of your retirement.
Learning more about gold and its history may help you decide whether it has a place in your portfolio.