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.
Understanding the cycle of investing may help you avoid easy pitfalls.
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A company's profits can be reinvested or paid out to the company’s shareholders as “dividends."
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Diversification is an investment principle designed to manage risk, but it can't prevent against a loss.
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Determine if you are eligible to contribute to a traditional or Roth IRA.
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Estimate the potential impact taxes and inflation can have on the purchasing power of an investment.
This questionnaire will help determine your tolerance for investment risk.
There are some smart strategies that may help you pursue your investment objectives
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How will you weather the ups and downs of the business cycle?
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Even low inflation rates can pose a threat to investment returns.