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.
In the world of finance, the effects of the "confidence gap" can be especially apparent.
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Use this calculator to compare the future value of investments with different tax consequences.
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Smart investors take the time to separate emotion from fact.
Here is a quick history of the Federal Reserve and an overview of what it does.