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.
Understanding the cycle of investing may help you avoid easy pitfalls.
Getting what you want out of your money may require the right game plan.
The Business Cycle
How will you weather the ups and downs of the business cycle?
Required Reading: The Economic Report of the President
The Economic Report of the President can help identify the forces driving — or dragging — the economy.
Where Is the Market Headed?
We all know the stock market can be unpredictable. We all want to know, “What’s next for the financial markets?”
Understanding the economy's cycles can help put current business conditions in better perspective.
You make decisions for your portfolio, but how much do you really know about the products you buy? Try this quiz
Consider how your assets are allocated and if that allocation is consistent with your time frame and risk tolerance.
Understanding some basic concepts may help you assess whether zero-coupon bonds have a place in your portfolio.
In investments, one great debate asks the question, “Active or Passive Investing: Which Is Better?”
Each day, the Fed is behind the scenes supporting the economy and providing services to the U.S. financial system.
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.
This questionnaire will help determine your tolerance for investment risk.
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.
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.
Agent Jane Bond is on the case, cracking the code on bonds.
Here is a quick history of the Federal Reserve and an overview of what it does.
Smart investors take the time to separate emotion from fact.
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.
How do the markets usually react to elections? Was the 2016 election any different?