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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Read this overview to learn how financial advisors are compensated.

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

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