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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Emotional vs. Strategic Decisions
Information vs. instinct. Are your choices based on evidence of emotion?
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A Primer on Dividends
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Without your knowing, your investment portfolio could be off-kilter.
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What Is My Risk Tolerance?
This questionnaire will help determine your tolerance for investment risk.
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.
Contributing to an IRA?
Determine if you are eligible to contribute to a traditional or Roth IRA.
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.
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There are some smart strategies that may help you pursue your investment objectives
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All about how missing the best market days (or the worst!) might affect your portfolio.
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When markets shift, experienced investors stick to their strategy.
Emerging Market Opportunities
What are your options for investing in emerging markets?
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