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.
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A company's profits can be reinvested or paid out to the company’s shareholders as “dividends."
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This questionnaire will help determine your tolerance for investment risk.
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Determine if you are eligible to contribute to a traditional or Roth IRA.
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There are some smart strategies that may help you pursue your investment objectives
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It's easy to let investments accumulate like old receipts in a junk drawer.
Here is a quick history of the Federal Reserve and an overview of what it does.
$1 million in a diversified portfolio could help finance part of your retirement.
All about how missing the best market days (or the worst!) might affect your portfolio.