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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Understanding how capital gains are taxed may help you refine your investment strategies.

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This worksheet can help you estimate the costs of a four-year college program.

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

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This calculator helps determine your pre-tax and after-tax dividend yield on a particular stock.

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This questionnaire will help determine your tolerance for investment risk.

Taxable vs. Tax-Deferred Savings

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

How Compound Interest Works

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

Impact of Taxes and Inflation

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

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Principles that can help create a portfolio designed to pursue investment goals.

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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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It's easy to let investments accumulate like old receipts in a junk drawer.

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