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

The lowdown on IRAs and why you might want one.

It used to be that people had built-in help when it came to retirement, whether it was Social Security or company pensions. But in this era of financial self-reliance, actively saving for retirement and seeking out quality advice is more…

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Market capitalization: large-cap, mid-cap, and small-cap stocks.

Market capitalization, commonly known as market cap, is calculated by multiplying a company’s outstanding shares by the company’s stock price per share. A company’s stock price by itself does not tell you much about the total value or size of…

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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

Target date funds: Is your TDF working for you?

When it comes to investment products, target date funds (TDFs) can seem like the simple and safe “set it and forget it” option. For some that may be true, but if used incorrectly, they can work against you. Sometimes called…

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Retirement fundamentals: Why you shouldn’t trust history.

For a more in-depth read, check out The Intelligent Portfolio by Christopher L. Jones, Financial Engines’ Chief Investment Officer. “History is more or less bunk.”  — Henry Ford (1863-1947) One of the most common mistakes investors make is basing investing decisions on…

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