Investment

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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Bridging the Confidence Gap

Bridging the Confidence Gap

In the world of finance, the effects of the "confidence gap" can be especially apparent.

Mutual Funds vs. ETFs

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Exchange-traded funds have some things in common with mutual funds, but there are differences, too.

Bursting the Bubble

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The Business Cycle

Understanding the economy's cycles can help put current business conditions in better perspective.

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It's important to understand how inflation is reported and how it can affect investments.

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Impact of Taxes and Inflation

Estimate the potential impact taxes and inflation can have on the purchasing power of an investment.

How Compound Interest Works

Use this calculator to better see the potential impact of compound interest on an asset.

Saving for College

This calculator can help you estimate how much you should be saving for college.

What Is My Risk Tolerance?

This questionnaire will help determine your tolerance for investment risk.

Taxable vs. Tax-Deferred Savings

Use this calculator to compare the future value of investments with different tax consequences.

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Determine if you are eligible to contribute to a traditional or Roth IRA.

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Principles that can help create a portfolio designed to pursue investment goals.

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It's easy to let investments accumulate like old receipts in a junk drawer.

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Global and International Funds

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Savvy investors take the time to separate emotion from fact.

The Cycle of Investing

Understanding the cycle of investing may help you avoid easy pitfalls.

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Here is a quick history of the Federal Reserve and an overview of what it does.

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