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 Fed and How It Got That Way
Here is a quick history of the Federal Reserve and an overview of what it does.
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Your Shifting Risk Tolerance
Time and market performance may subtly and slowly imbalance your portfolio.
Emotional vs. Strategic Decisions
Information vs. instinct. Are your choices based on evidence of emotion?
Mutual Funds vs. ETFs
Exchange-traded funds have some things in common with mutual funds, but there are differences, too.
How to Conquer the World - 5 Financial Strategies for Savvy
Learn more about women taking control of their finances with this infographic.
Best-Performing Asset Classes
Bonds may outperform stocks one year only to have stocks rebound the next.
6 Tips to Manage Market Stress
Things you and clients can do to manage market stress
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Saving for College
This calculator can help you estimate how much you should be saving for college.
How Compound Interest Works
Use this calculator to better see the potential impact of compound interest on an asset.
Taxable vs. Tax-Deferred Savings
Use this calculator to compare the future value of investments with different tax consequences.
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When Markets React
When markets shift, experienced investors stick to their strategy.
The Junk Drawer Approach to Investing
It's easy to let investments accumulate like old receipts in a junk drawer.
The Business Cycle
How will you weather the ups and downs of the business cycle?
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.
Global and International Funds
Investors seeking world investments can choose between global and international funds. What's the difference?