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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Why Regular Rebalancing Makes Sense
Without your knowing, your investment portfolio could be off-kilter.
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Estimate the potential impact taxes and inflation can have on the purchasing power of an investment.
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Taxable vs. Tax-Deferred Savings
Use this calculator to compare the future value of investments with different tax consequences.
How Compound Interest Works
Use this calculator to better see the potential impact of compound interest on an asset.
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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This questionnaire will help determine your tolerance for investment risk.
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5 Smart Investing Strategies
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