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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This helpful infographic will define bull and bear markets, as well as give a historical overview.

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This calculator helps determine your pre-tax and after-tax dividend yield on a particular stock.

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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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