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.
With alternative investments, it’s critical to sort through the complexity.
Getting what you want out of your money may require the right game plan.
What Smart Investors Know
Smart investors take the time to separate emotion from fact.
The Ivory Tower Changes Wall Street
Thanks to the work of three economists, we have a better understanding of what determines an asset’s price.
Jane Bond: Infiltrating the Market
Agent Jane Bond is on the case, cracking the code on bonds.
The S&P 500 represents a large portion of the value of the U.S. equity market, it may be worth understanding.
Understanding how capital gains are taxed may help you refine your investment strategies.
Each day, the Fed is behind the scenes supporting the economy and providing services to the U.S. financial system.
If you are concerned about inflation and expect short-term interest rates may increase, TIPS could be worth considering.
Understanding some basic concepts may help you assess whether zero-coupon bonds have a place in your portfolio.
Consider how your assets are allocated and if that allocation is consistent with your time frame and risk tolerance.
This questionnaire will help determine your tolerance for investment risk.
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.
Estimate the potential impact taxes and inflation can have on the purchasing power of an investment.
There are some smart strategies that may help you pursue your investment objectives
Can successful investors predict changes in the markets? Some can but others miss the market’s signals.
Here is a quick history of the Federal Reserve and an overview of what it does.
What are your options for investing in emerging markets?
What if instead of buying that vacation home, you invested the money?
Understanding the cycle of investing may help you avoid easy pitfalls.
Tulips were the first, but they won’t be the last. What forms a “bubble” and what causes them to burst?