Investing Basics

How the Sneaker Trade Can Teach About Markets and Investing August 1, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

If you're familiar with StockX and similar online shoe reselling platforms, you might see similarities to the financial market system. What can we learn about investing and stock markets from the sneaker trade?

5 min read  |  Trading Basics
Connecting the Dots: An Investor Guide to Tracking Fed Policy Projections with the Dot Plot July 17, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

Every quarter, the Fed provides a “dot plot” that shows its monetary policy projections for the next several years. Investors can glean the Fed’s thinking by “connecting the dots.”

5 min read  |  Federal Reserve
Types of Financial Advisor Services: What Financial Guidance Can Do For You July 11, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

Financial advisors can do more than help you establish a portfolio. You can turn to a professional for help with a number of financial challenges in life.

5 min read  |  Investment Strategies
More Commission-Free ETF Choices as TD Ameritrade Expands Program June 28, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

TD Ameritrade investors now have access to more than 550 commission-free ETFs, up from around 300, with 12 new providers and an additional 13 Morningstar categories.

5 min read  |  ETFs & Mutual Funds
What Is a Corporate Bond? Another Way to Invest in a Company June 19, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

If you’re interested in a company, its stock isn’t the only investment you might want to consider. Corporate bonds offer yield and potentially (but not always) less risk.

5 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
How You Can Tackle Your Midyear Investment Review May 8, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Most people generally review their investments once a year. But many things can happen over the course of 12 months that might impact your investment portfolio. Check out three reasons to consider a midyear investment review.

5 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
What’s a Convertible Bond? A Different Mode of Investment March 21, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Learn about convertible bonds, what appeal they might have for investors, and how they differ from corporate bonds.

5 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
3 Strategies for Financial Gift-Giving March 15, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Finding meaningful gifts for loved ones can be a challenge. Here are three ways to give financial gifts to a child, grandchild, or loved one to help save and invest for their future.

4 min read  |  Investing Basics
Aiming for a Diversified Portfolio: Investing in Mutual Funds February 22, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

If you’re looking for diversification in your portfolio, mutual funds can help you toward your goals. But the array of choices can be dizzying.

3 min read  |  ETFs & Mutual Funds
Trading Micro Caps and Investing in Penny Stocks: A Big Look at the Tiny February 20, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Learn the difference between penny stocks and micro-cap stocks, plus the potential risks of such investments, to help you decide if you should consider them.

5 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
How to Tell If a Financial Advisor Is Right for You January 29, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Do you have the right financial advisor? Learn some of the key traits of a great financial advisor and some of the warning signs that may suggest you choose a different financial advisor.

5 min read  |  Investment Guidance
Learn to Invest: Your Goals, Objectives, and Investment Products January 2, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Learning to invest can be like learning your way around a new city. Familiarize yourself with things close to home, then branch out.

5 min read  |  Investing Basics
It's Shopping Season: Ideas to Help You Choose ETFs November 27, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Considering exchange-traded funds (ETFs)? Understand fit, style, and value before you shop.

5 min read  |  ETFs & Mutual Funds
Digital Tool Box: Learn How to Invest in the Stock Market November 16, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Eager to learn how to invest in the stock market? Some basic info and tools to get you started.

5 min read  |  Investing Basics
How to Choose a Financial Advisor: Four Things to Keep in Mind November 12, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Consider these tips to help you ask the right questions and choose a financial professional to help you pursue your financial goals.

5 min read  |  Investment Guidance
Investing in Marijuana Stocks? Don’t Let Your Money Go Up in Smoke November 7, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

If you’re considering investing in marijuana stocks, it’s important to know some of the unique risks associated with the marijuana industry including scams. Read more for information on stock scams and differences between federal and state laws.

4 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Investing Close to Home: The Basics of Municipal Bonds October 15, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

What are tax-free muni bonds? Learn the unique benefits and risks of this debt-security investment vehicle.

5 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
What Are Equity Securities and Debt Securities? October 2, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Stocks? Bonds? They're both known as securities. Learn the definitions of various securities and what sets them apart.

5 min read  |  Investing Basics
What Is a Bull Market vs. a Bear Market? It’s Not Just About Prices September 13, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

The classic definitions of bear and bull markets—rising and falling prices, respectively—only tell part of the story. Learn the details and nuances.

5 min read  |  Trading Basics
Fall’s Around the Corner… So Is the thinkorswim® Challenge for Students September 4, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Learning about investing and personal finance are fundamentally important, but it can be hard for college students to get started. Here are some things you can do today, and an upcoming simulated trading competition that gives you a chance to test your knowledge.

4 min read  |  Investing Basics
Value Investing? Consider Looking Beyond the P/E for Potential Bargains September 3, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Develop a better understanding of stock valuation metrics and how to locate potentially undervalued investment opportunities.

5 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
70% of Millennials Call Themselves Savers. Six Ways You Can Too August 16, 2018 4:35 AM   |  

Like generations before them, millennials want to be financially secure. Learn six saving and investing strategies that can help you pursue your goals.

4 min read  |  Savings Goals
Basics of Investing in Stocks: What is a Stock? July 31, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

New to stock investing? Learn the basics of stocks, earnings, dividends, and how a stock’s value is determined.

5 min read  |  Investing Basics
July Markets: Geopolitics – Earnings Tug of War Continues July 30, 2018 5:00 AM   |  

July seemed to be a repeat of what investors have experienced for much of 2018: geopolitical news and earnings competing for attention. By the end of the month, strong corporate numbers appeared to have the edge, at least for now.

4 min read  |  Market Insights
How Do Bonds Work? Coupons for the Investor Set July 30, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Bonds are typically considered a more conservative investment that can help diversify your portfolio and help you attempt to ride out stock market volatility.

4 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Investing With Mutual Funds: How to Choose the Right One for You July 10, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Mutual funds are one of the most popular investment choices some people use when seeking to build a diversified portfolio. Find out why and how to pick mutual funds that align with your savings goals.

5 min read  |  ETFs & Mutual Funds
Money Smart: Tips for Managing Expenses and Debt June 15, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Many young investors aren’t sure how to start investing and may be surprised to learn it actually begins by managing expenses and paying off loans. Discover why.

5 min read  |  Household Finances
Cyclical Stocks: Investing in What Goes Around and Comes Around March 26, 2018 2:00 AM   |  

Learn the fundamentals of cyclical stocks.TD Ameritrade shares some strategies and signals, from traders and investors, to better understand the cyclical investing concept.

4 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Junk Bonds: High Returns, But Are They Worth the Risk? November 26, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

Junk bonds—or high-yield bonds—can be quite risky, but may still have a place in a portfolio.

3 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Fine-Print Focus: A Deeper Earnings Dive for Long-Term Investors April 3, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Long-term investors may be tempted to gloss over the minutiae, but the small print can often tell a company’s story. Learn some of the terms to know and why.

5 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
6 Books That Could Change How You Think About Money, Markets October 4, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Ready to brush up on your investing and trading? Here are six of the best investing books of all time.

2 min read  |  Investing Basics
The Butterfly Effect: Using Intermarket Analysis and ETFs March 7, 2016 11:00 PM   |  

Intermarket analysis and far-reaching ETFs can help you tackle global markets.

5 min read  |  ETFs & Mutual Funds
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