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.
Can successful investors predict changes in the markets? Some can but others miss the market’s signals.
The Business Cycle
How will you weather the ups and downs of the business cycle?
A Taxing Story: Capital Gains and Losses
Understanding how capital gains are taxed may help you refine your investment strategies.
Should You Invest in Exchange Traded Funds?
There are hundreds of ETFs available. Should you invest in them?
Why have the markets been so volatile recently?
The Economic Report of the President can help identify the forces driving — or dragging — the economy.
Emotional biases can adversely impact financial decision making. Here’s a few to be mindful of.
Understanding some basic concepts may help you assess whether zero-coupon bonds have a place in your portfolio.
Thanks to the work of three economists, we have a better understanding of what determines an asset’s price.
Read this overview to learn how financial advisors are compensated.
This questionnaire will help determine your tolerance for investment risk.
This calculator can help you estimate how much you should be saving for college.
Determine if you are eligible to contribute to a traditional or Roth IRA.
Use this calculator to better see the potential impact of compound interest on an asset.
Use this calculator to compare the future value of investments with different tax consequences.
This calculator helps determine your pre-tax and after-tax dividend yield on a particular stock.
From the Dutch East India Company to Wall Street, the stock market has a long and storied history.
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.
Tulips were the first, but they won’t be the last. What forms a “bubble” and what causes them to burst?
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.
Understanding the cycle of investing may help you avoid easy pitfalls.