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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The Junk Drawer Approach to Investing

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Learn about the role of inflation when considering your portfolio’s rate of return with this helpful article.

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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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This questionnaire will help determine your tolerance for investment risk.

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There are some smart strategies that may help you pursue your investment objectives

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