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.
In the world of finance, the effects of the "confidence gap" can be especially apparent.
Getting what you want out of your money may require the right game plan.
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Even the most seasoned investors have biases affecting their financial choices.
Most stock market analysis falls into three broad groups: Fundamental, technical, and sentimental. Here’s a look at each.
Without your knowing, your investment portfolio could be off-kilter.
Exchange-traded funds have some things in common with mutual funds, but there are differences, too.
Understanding some basic concepts may help you assess whether zero-coupon bonds have a place in your portfolio.
International funds invest in non-U.S. markets, while global funds may invest in U.S. stocks alongside non-U.S. stocks.
Determine if you are eligible to contribute to a traditional or Roth IRA.
Use this calculator to better see the potential impact of compound interest on an asset.
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.
Estimate the potential impact taxes and inflation can have on the purchasing power of an investment.
This calculator can help you estimate how much you should be saving for college.
There are some smart strategies that may help you pursue your investment objectives
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Understanding the cycle of investing may help you avoid easy pitfalls.
Investors seeking world investments can choose between global and international funds. What's the difference?
An amusing and whimsical look at behavioral finance best practices for investors.
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Agent Jane Bond is on the case, uncovering the mystery of bond laddering.