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.
Smart investors take the time to separate emotion from fact.
Getting what you want out of your money may require the right game plan.
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It's important to understand how inflation is reported and how it can affect investments.
Consider how your assets are allocated and if that allocation is consistent with your time frame and risk tolerance.
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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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Estimate the potential impact taxes and inflation can have on the purchasing power of an investment.
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This questionnaire will help determine your tolerance for investment risk.
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There are some smart strategies that may help you pursue your investment objectives
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