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.
From the Dutch East India Company to Wall Street, the stock market has a long and storied history.
The Fed and How It Got That Way
Here is a quick history of the Federal Reserve and an overview of what it does.
Estimating the Cost of College
This worksheet can help you estimate the costs of a four-year college program.
The Cycle of Investing
Understanding the cycle of investing may help you avoid easy pitfalls.
A company's profits can be reinvested or paid out to the company’s shareholders as “dividends."
Understanding the economy's cycles can help put current business conditions in better perspective.
The Economic Report of the President can help identify the forces driving — or dragging — the economy.
Are you a thrill seeker, or content to relax in the backyard? Use this flowchart to find out more about your risk tolerance.
Consider how your assets are allocated and if that allocation is consistent with your time frame and risk tolerance.
If you are concerned about inflation and expect short-term interest rates may increase, TIPS could be worth considering.
Use this calculator to compare the future value of investments with different tax consequences.
This calculator can help you estimate how much you should be saving for college.
This questionnaire will help determine your tolerance for investment risk.
This calculator helps determine your pre-tax and after-tax dividend yield on a particular stock.
Estimate the potential impact taxes and inflation can have on the purchasing power of an investment.
Use this calculator to better see the potential impact of compound interest on an asset.
We all know the stock market can be unpredictable. We all want to know, “What’s next for the financial markets?”
With alternative investments, it’s critical to sort through the complexity.
What if instead of buying that vacation home, you invested the money?
All about how missing the best market days (or the worst!) might affect your portfolio.
There are hundreds of ETFs available. Should you invest in them?
Do you know how long it may take for your investments to double in value? The Rule of 72 is a quick way to figure it out.