Investing

Understanding how investing works will help you get more from your money. Whether you’re new to investing, have a lot of experience or are anywhere in between, we have information that can help you put your money to work.

 

Investment Types

Deciphering stocks, bonds and mutual funds.

Investing has its own language. If you’re a new investor, it’s easy to get confused. Many of the terms may make you feel like you’re ordering off a menu you don’t understand. If you can’t identify the food on your…

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Are international investments a good idea?

When it comes to investing, most of us have heard the general rule of thumb to not put all of our eggs in one basket. But while we know that it’s important to diversify our investments, determining how to create…

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Tips and Lessons Learned

Should I invest or pay down my mortgage early?

Which should be a greater priority: paying down the mortgage on your house or investing for retirement or other long-term financial goals? There’s no one-size-fits-all answer. Which way would you lean? It may be as simple as knowing if you…

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Avoid emotional investing decisions.

The old cartoon character Pogo famously commented: “We have met the enemy and he is us.” Pogo could well have been describing an investor trying to navigate today’s markets. We can be our own worst enemy with our emotions betraying…

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Investment Strategies

Compound interest + time = Fuel for your savings.

Looking to plan for long-term financial security? Short of winning the lottery, inheriting a fortune from your Uncle Henry or hitting it out of the park on Shark Tank, the process is straightforward: spend less than you earn and save…

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Is your asset allocation strategy really working?

Many investors understand that diversification is important. For example, you wouldn’t want to have all small-cap stocks or only bonds in your 401(k) account. But an important part of diversification that a lot of people miss is their overall household…

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