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.
Pundits say a lot of things about the markets. Let's see if you can keep up.
Getting what you want out of your money may require the right game plan.
From Boats to Brokers
From the Dutch East India Company to Wall Street, the stock market has a long and storied history.
Consider how your assets are allocated and if that allocation is consistent with your time frame and risk tolerance.
Events on Wall Street
Can successful investors predict changes in the markets? Some can but others miss the market’s signals.
Understanding the economy's cycles can help put current business conditions in better perspective.
The Economic Report of the President can help identify the forces driving — or dragging — the economy.
You make decisions for your portfolio, but how much do you really know about the products you buy? Try this quiz
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.
Read this overview to learn how financial advisors are compensated.
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.
This calculator helps determine your pre-tax and after-tax dividend yield on a particular stock.
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.
Use this calculator to compare the future value of investments with different tax consequences.
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.
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.
Understanding the cycle of investing may help you avoid easy pitfalls.
In the world of finance, the effects of the "confidence gap" can be especially apparent.
It's easy to let investments accumulate like old receipts in a junk drawer.
Agent Jane Bond is on the case, discovering how bonds diversify a portfolio.
Even low inflation rates can pose a threat to investment returns.