Many people review their investments once a year. But many things can happen over the course of 12 months that might impact your investment portfolio, and this year it's especially important to review your financial situation as the COVID-19 crisis continues to upend markets.
Learn about consumer confidence, consumer sentiment, personal income, and personal spending reports. Understanding measures of market sentiment can help traders and investors see a more complete picture of market fundamentals.
Whether you use the official name—the Employment Situation—or call it the jobs report, nonfarm payrolls, or unemployment, this report offers insight into many facets of the economy. Here’s a primer.
Bear markets are often viewed negatively, but they’re part of a normal market cycle. Recognizing and understanding bear markets can put you in a better position to make strategic investment decisions when they come around.
Mutual funds are one of the most popular investment choices some people make when seeking to build a diversified portfolio. Find out why and learn how to choose mutual funds that align with your savings goals.
Learning to invest can be like learning your way around a new city. Familiarize yourself with things close to home, then branch out.
The stock market has had circuit breakers—temporary trading
halts imposed if U.S. stock markets fall by
certain percentages—in place since 1987, but they've rarely been triggered until March 2020. Here's what investors should know.
Are you a shareholder and want to have some say in a company’s decisions? Vote your proxy.
Large caps might get a lot of attention, but small-cap stocks are still a popular investment subset. And it’s important to track them separately from their larger siblings. Learn about small-cap stocks and the Russell 2000 Index.
How might interest rate increases and cuts impact long-term investing decisions? Learn strategies long-term investors might consider to help weather volatility.
Are you—or would you like to become—a municipal bond investor? Understand the potential benefits and risks, and learn about a new service from TD Ameritrade that alerts clients on new muni issuances.
Ready to start investing, but worried about debt? Here’s how to invest even if you still have debt on the books.
Why do stock indices change their components and what happens when there's a change?
When seeking portfolio balance and diversification, many investors choose bonds and other fixed-income securities. But just like all investments, bonds carry risk. Learn about bonds and bond risk, and when you should consider fixed-income investing.
If you’re interested in pursuing a long-term dividend strategy, understanding dividend yield could help you make investment decisions.
A shift among retail brokers to a zero-commission structure has led some investors to ask if it’s time to make a change. If you’re thinking about switching to TD Ameritrade, here are a few things you should know.
If you’re considering fixed-income investments as a way to diversify your portfolio and target a steady stream of income, you might want to give fixed-income mutual funds a look. Here’s what you need to know.
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?
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.”
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.
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.
Learn about convertible bonds, what appeal they might have for investors, and how they differ from corporate bonds.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Considering exchange-traded funds (ETFs)? Understand fit, style, and value before you shop.
Eager to learn how to invest in the stock market? Some basic info and tools to get you started.
Consider these tips to help you ask the right questions and choose a financial professional to help you pursue your financial goals.
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.
What are tax-free muni bonds? Learn the unique benefits and risks of this debt-security investment vehicle.
Stocks? Bonds? They're both known as securities. Learn the definitions of various securities and what sets them apart.
The classic definitions of bear and bull markets—rising and falling prices, respectively—only tell part of the story. Learn the details and nuances.
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.
Develop a better understanding of stock valuation metrics and how to locate potentially undervalued investment opportunities.
Like generations before them, millennials want to be financially secure. Learn six saving and investing strategies that can help you pursue your goals.
New to stock investing? Learn the basics of stocks, earnings, dividends, and how a stock’s value is determined.
Bonds are typically considered a more conservative investment that can help diversify your portfolio and help you attempt to ride out stock market volatility.
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.
Learn the fundamentals of cyclical stocks.TD Ameritrade shares some strategies and signals, from traders and investors, to better understand the cyclical investing concept.
Junk bonds—or high-yield bonds—can be quite risky, but may still have a place in a portfolio.
Teenagers are the right age to learn how to save and invest. Take time to teach them.
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.
Ready to brush up on your investing and trading? Here are six of the best investing books of all time.
Intermarket analysis and far-reaching ETFs can help you tackle global markets.
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