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.
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5 Smart Investing Strategies
Getting what you want out of your money may require the right game plan.
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The Anatomy of an Index
The S&P 500 represents a large portion of the value of the U.S. equity market, it may be worth understanding.
Why Regular Rebalancing Makes Sense
Without your knowing, your investment portfolio could be off-kilter.
Estimating the Cost of College
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A Taxing Story: Capital Gains and Losses
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TIPS for Inflation
If you are concerned about inflation and expect short-term interest rates may increase, TIPS could be worth considering.
Inflation & Your Money
It's important to understand how inflation is reported and how it can affect investments.
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Impact of Taxes and Inflation
Estimate the potential impact taxes and inflation can have on the purchasing power of an investment.
What Is the Dividend Yield?
This calculator helps determine your pre-tax and after-tax dividend yield on a particular stock.
How Compound Interest Works
Use this calculator to better see the potential impact of compound interest on an asset.
What Is My Risk Tolerance?
This questionnaire will help determine your tolerance for investment risk.
Taxable vs. Tax-Deferred Savings
Use this calculator to compare the future value of investments with different tax consequences.
Contributing to an IRA?
Determine if you are eligible to contribute to a traditional or Roth IRA.
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5 Smart Investing Strategies
There are some smart strategies that may help you pursue your investment objectives
5 Smart Investing Principles
Principles that can help create a portfolio designed to pursue investment goals.
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Learning more about gold and its history may help you decide whether it has a place in your portfolio.
16 Wall Street Cliches in 60 Seconds
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Jane Bond: Infiltrating the Market
Agent Jane Bond is on the case, cracking the code on bonds.
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In the world of finance, the effects of the "confidence gap" can be especially apparent.
When Markets React
When markets shift, experienced investors stick to their strategy.
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