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.
The Junk Drawer Approach to Investing
It's easy to let investments accumulate like old receipts in a junk drawer.
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Why Regular Rebalancing Makes Sense
Without your knowing, your investment portfolio could be off-kilter.
Diversification, Patience, and Consistency
Three important factors when it comes to your financial life.
How Stocks Work
Understanding how a stock works is key to understanding your investments.
Your Shifting Risk Tolerance
Time and market performance may subtly and slowly imbalance your portfolio.
Estimating the Cost of College
This worksheet can help you estimate the costs of a four-year college program.
Emotional vs. Strategic Decisions
Information vs. instinct. Are your choices based on evidence of emotion?
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Saving for College
This calculator can help you estimate how much you should be saving for college.
How Compound Interest Works
Use this calculator to better see the potential impact of compound interest on an asset.
Taxable vs. Tax-Deferred Savings
Use this calculator to compare the future value of investments with different tax consequences.
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What Smart Investors Know
Savvy investors take the time to separate emotion from fact.
The Business Cycle
How will you weather the ups and downs of the business cycle?
Global and International Funds
Investors seeking world investments can choose between global and international funds. What's the difference?
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?”
Inflation and Your Portfolio
Even low inflation rates can pose a threat to investment returns.
The Fed and How It Got That Way
Here is a quick history of the Federal Reserve and an overview of what it does.
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