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.
The Junk Drawer Approach to Investing
It's easy to let investments accumulate like old receipts in a junk drawer.
The New Red Scare: Chinese Ownership of U.S. Debt
China owns a portion of the total outstanding debt of the U.S. Government. What does it mean?
The Good Ship IPO
The seas of the market are constantly shifting. Whether the good ship IPO can set sail may depend heavily on the tides.
Why have the markets been so volatile recently?
This worksheet can help you estimate the costs of a four-year college program.
You make decisions for your portfolio, but how much do you really know about the products you buy? Try this quiz
Bonds may outperform stocks one year only to have stocks rebound the next.
Investors who put off important investment decisions may face potential consequence to their future financial security.
Each day, the Fed is behind the scenes supporting the economy and providing services to the U.S. financial system.
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.
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.
Determine if you are eligible to contribute to a traditional or Roth IRA.
How will you weather the ups and downs of the business cycle?
Even low inflation rates can pose a threat to investment returns.
There are hundreds of ETFs available. Should you invest in them?
Here is a quick history of the Federal Reserve and an overview of what it does.
$1 million in a diversified portfolio could help finance part of your retirement.
Understanding the cycle of investing may help you avoid easy pitfalls.