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

Dad looking at mutual fund in newspaper

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…


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…


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…


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…


Investment Strategies

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…

Woman researching market conditions

Are you distracted by the bulls and bears?

No two roads to retirement are alike. Your journey will look different from that of your friends and colleagues based on a near-infinite number of factors, such as income, savings rate, personal retirement goals — the list goes on. However, there are…