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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From Boats to Brokers

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Inflation and the Real Rate of Return

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

The Fed and How It Got That Way

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Use this calculator to better see the potential impact of compound interest on an asset.

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Use this calculator to compare the future value of investments with different tax consequences.

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Estimate the potential impact taxes and inflation can have on the purchasing power of an investment.

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Determine if you are eligible to contribute to a traditional or Roth IRA.

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This calculator can help you estimate how much you should be saving for college.

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