Investing Strategy

Investing for Your Life Cycle: Understanding Target Date Funds May 21, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Target date funds, also sometimes called life cycle funds, offer some simplicity, but it’s important to be aware of the drawbacks before investing.

5 min read  |  ETFs & Mutual Funds
Are There Any Safer Havens? Investing in Uncertain Times May 15, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

As the coronavirus pandemic sent markets reeling, many investors wonder if there's such a thing as a safe investment. Technically, no investment is risk-free. But some investment practices can be safer than others.

5 min read  |  Investing Basics
Employee Stock Compensation Plans and Market Downturns May 13, 2020 11:41 AM   |  

If you’re among the 28 million stock plan participants in the United States, you might be thinking about how the recent downturn and protracted market volatility have affected your stock options, restricted stock, or participation in a stock purchase plan. There might be a silver lining to this cloud.

5 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Keep to the Course: The Risks of Not Staying Invested May 11, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Wild stock market swings? Bear market? Staying invested for the long term may keep you on course.

4 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Facing a Recession and Bear Market? Avoid 3 Mistakes Many Investors Make May 1, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

The escalating coronavirus pandemic that triggered a bear market in U.S. stocks in early 2020 looks to have tipped us into a possible recession. How can you prepare for and invest during a recession and bear market?

5 min read  |  Economic Trends
Riding Out Market Turbulence: Why Staying Invested Can Work Better Than Trying to Time the Market April 2, 2020 4:00 AM   |  

After a market drop, some investors might move their money to wait it out. Find out why staying invested may be a better approach than stock market timing.

4 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Want to Channel Your Inner Investor Activist? Cast Your Proxy Vote March 13, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Are you a shareholder and want to have some say in a company’s decisions? Vote your proxy.

5 min read  |  Investment Guidance
Streaming Company Wars: What to Add to Your Investing Watch List March 12, 2020 1:09 PM   |  

As millions of cable subscribers have cut the cord in favor of streaming services over the past few years, the competition has heated up, leaving both investors and subscribers confused. Here’s what to look for.

5 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Catch a Falling Star: Setting Your Selloff Wish List March 11, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

When markets sell off, sometimes quality names with solid fundamentals get placed in the bargain bin along with everything else. When that happens, make sure you have your wish list in place.

5 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
March Forward with These 5 Fantasy Sports-Themed Investing Tips March 5, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Investing is a lot like building a fantasy sports team: You assess your game plan, do your research, and make changes as needed. And if you’d like to practice in a “fantasy” stock market, consider the paperMoney® trade simulator by TD Ameritrade.

5 min read  |  Investing Basics
Wondering About Closed-End Funds? Learn a Few Basics Before Diving In February 25, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Closed-end funds are a subset of mutual funds with some unique characteristics versus typical open-end mutual funds. Here’s the rundown.

5 min read  |  ETFs & Mutual Funds
Sweet Stocks to Ask to Be Your Valentine February 5, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Valentine’s Day is potentially a great time to invest in flowers, chocolate, or other perishable indulgences for your loved ones. It may also be a good time to give your stock portfolio a little love.

5 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
The Highs (and Lows) of Cannabis in 2019 and What the Smoke Signals Predict for 2020 December 16, 2019 10:30 AM   |  

2019 was a tough year for cannabis stocks, but 2020 could be better if weaker companies get weeded out, more U.S. states legalize the drug, and federal legislation makes headway in Washington.

5 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
IPO Investing and Lockups: Here's What Investors Should Know November 13, 2019 4:11 PM   |  

When a company goes public, employees and insiders are often restricted from selling their ownership stakes for a certain amount of time. But when the restriction—called a lockup period—is lifted, share prices sometimes take a hit. Here's what you need to know.

5 min read  |  Investment Strategies
3-D Investment Philosophy: Staying Dynamic, Diversified, and Disciplined in Your Investments November 5, 2019 10:30 AM   |  

Learn how an investment philosophy that incorporates dynamics, diversification, and discipline can help you manage the complexity and volatility of the markets.

5 min read  |  Retirement Planning
ABC + ESG? Education Savings Plus Socially Responsible Investing November 4, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

Socially responsible investing is maturing, growing in assets, and moving into new territory. Find out where ESG investing is heading next.

2 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
IPO Opportunity vs. Exuberance: 3 Clues to Help You Decide September 10, 2019 3:26 PM   |  

A higher percentage of companies are going public today with no profit than back in the dot-com era, but changes since then could mean a different outcome for some this time.

5 min read  |  Economic Trends
What’s the Difference Between Broker-Dealers & Investment Advisors? August 26, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

Broker-dealers and advisors are both obliged to work in your best interest but in different ways. Learn about the regulatory differences between the two, as well as several key terms.

5 min read  |  Investment Guidance
Cannabis Industry Seeing Growing Interest August 23, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

New companies have been cropping up to support the budding cannabis industry. From hydroponic, heat lamp, and greenhouse firms to packagers and distributors, ancillary industries up and down the cannabis supply chain are building this industry.

5 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Luck of the Draw? There's a Lot More to Trading and Investing than Luck August 19, 2019 11:07 AM   |  

Investing results may depend to some extent on luck, but research and science play a larger role in portfolio strategy.

2 min read  |  Trading Psychology
Required Investor Reading: What to Look for in a Prospectus July 26, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

When your broker or financial advisor recommends that you read an investment or fund prospectus, it’s for a good reason. A prospectus can offer clues to help you assess an investment’s risks.

5 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
Looking for Summertime Portfolio Sizzle? Market Sectors to Watch July 15, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

Just as families tend to dial it back a bit during the summer months, so do markets and market participants. Here are a few potential opportunities and pitfalls to consider when searching for summertime sizzle.

5 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Explore Choices in Socially Conscious Investing July 9, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

What positive practices in environmental friendliness, corporate governance, and positive employee relations make different companies qualified to be called “socially responsible”?

5 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Earnings Have Your Head Spinning? Here’s How to Find Helpful Tools July 9, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

TD Ameritrade offers a full menu of tools, previews, and third-party analysis around earnings season. Here’s how you can find and make best use of them.

5 min read  |  Web Platform
Single Households Are On the Rise. Could This Be the Next Investing Trend? July 8, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

In 1960, 13% of all U.S. households were made up of one person. That number has risen to 28%. Companies and industries are taking note. Is your portfolio prepared?

5 min read  |  Household Finances
Is a Portfolio Focused on U.S. Assets Right for You? July 1, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

Many investors prefer a globally diverse strategy, but some find that a portfolio focused on U.S. stocks and assets is better for their situation. Consider your time horizon and risk tolerance as well as your long-term goals to determine which might be right for you.

5 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Investing in Meat Alternatives & Plant-Based Companies: Opportunities and Risks June 27, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

Shifting tastes and preferences have led to the emergence of publicly traded plant-based meat alternatives such as Beyond Meat (BYND), and established food producers are responding.

5 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
High Risk? Cannabis Sector’s Legal Conflict Puts Investors in Haze June 20, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

The hazy legal environment surrounding marijuana stocks can be tricky to navigate, particularly for U.S. federal employees and their contractors.

5 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
How to Invest in Cannabis as the Industry Matures May 10, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

As institutional money flows into the legal cannabis industry, more retail-level investors might be wondering how to get in on the action. Here’s a primer.

5 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Listen In: Corporate Conference Calls After Quarterly Earnings May 2, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Quarterly earnings calls, a routine practice for most U.S. corporations, can be a rich source of insight and ideas for investors.

5 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
Buy What You Know: Does it Apply to Investing in IPOs? March 25, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Many famous investors have said that people should invest in what they know, but there’s more to the saying than just that. Does this apply to IPO investing?

3 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Seeding a Dividend Yield Garden? Patience, Maintenance, & Quality February 26, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Tending a garden and dividend investing have some things in common, including the need for high quality and patience.

3 min read  |  Investing Basics
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
Value Stock Investments: Building a Durable Portfolio January 14, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Explore the importance of value investing in a volatile market and learn how to build a durable portfolio to help you weather the storm.

5 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Looking Beyond Allocation for a Well-Diversified Portfolio December 11, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

There’s more to portfolio diversification than stocks and bonds. Factors like market capitalization, international vs. domestic holdings, and sub-sector exposure all deserve consideration as you build a well-diversified portfolio.

5 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
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
Big Purchase on the Horizon? Think Short-Term Investment Strategies November 5, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

There are some important things to keep in mind when deciding how to invest for shorter term goals.

5 min read  |  Savings Goals
The Santa Claus Rally: Do You Believe in Stock Seasonality? October 26, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

The so-called January effect and other seasonal patterns have long been part of market vernacular, but investors need to separate reality from myth.

7 min read  |  Charting
Your Financial Profile: Do Your Answers and Actions Match? October 25, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Portfolio managers often use questionnaires to help investors with asset allocation, but sometimes there’s a disconnect between investors’ answers and their real-life objectives and risk tolerance. Keith Denerstein of TD Ameritrade explains.

5 min read  |  Investment Guidance
Socially Aware Portfolios: Considering ESG Investing September 20, 2018 5:00 AM   |  

Interest in environmental, social, governance investing (ESG) is rising. Learn how you can invest in an ESG managed portfolio.

4 min read  |  Investment Guidance
DIY Technical Analysis: Trading Chart Basics September 17, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Short-term traders and long-term investors use technical analysis to help them determine potential entry and exit signals for their investments.

4 min read  |  Charting
What Is Gross Domestic Product (GDP)? An Economic Health Snapshot September 11, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Gross domestic product (GDP) data is key to understanding the health of the U.S. economy, but may not be so critical for stock market traders and investors.

3 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
Technical Analysis Basics Explained: Understanding Trends and Moving Averages September 10, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Learn how to identify stock market trends using moving averages to help add context, support decision making, and complement other forms of analysis.

7 min read  |  Technical Analysis
ETFs vs. Mutual Funds: Are You a Buy-and-Hold Investor or Active Trader? July 9, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

When deciding whether to invest in ETFs or mutual funds, it may help to know whether you're an active or buy-and-hold investor.

5 min read  |  ETFs & Mutual Funds
Market Timing Strategies: The Importance of Staying Invested July 5, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Don't miss out on potential gains to your portfolio. Staying fully invested during market swings helps you catch the big days of S&P market gains.

5 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Fly Solo or Financial Pro: Is an Investment Advisor Right For You? June 20, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Some investors like to self-direct their portfolios, but for others, working with a professional money manager might make more sense. Which is for you?

5 min read  |  Investment Guidance
Opportunity Cost and Fixed Income Investing: Invest Now or Wait? January 16, 2018 11:00 PM   |  

The Federal Reserve hiked the Fed funds rate 3 times in 2017 and projected 3 more hikes for 2018. Should you consider investing in fixed income?

2 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Wanna Make a Radical Shift? Be Careful Changing Investing Styles November 8, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

Should a long-term investor ever consider a radical shift in their investing approach, or is a gradual evolution better? Is the grass really greener?

5 min read  |  Investing Basics
Green Bonds: Growing Market of 'Socially Responsible' Investments November 6, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

Learn about the risks and potential benefits of "socially responsible" fixed income investing, or what some call "green bonds."

3 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Dividends: Potential Income Generator in a Low-Yield Environment September 11, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

In low-interest rate environment, investors sometimes look to dividend-paying stocks as a mean of generating income.

3 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Preferred Stock: A Potential Income Arrow in the Quiver September 6, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Learn the ins and outs of preferred stock, and the differences between preferred stock, common stock, and corporate bonds.

3 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
A Well-Drafted Portfolio Should be No Fantasy – Key “Positions” to Fill August 23, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Learn about the "positions" to fill as you build your investment portfolio.

2 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Socially Conscious? Ideas On How to Scout Possible Investments June 19, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

It’s getting easier than ever for socially conscious investors to monitor companies for their environmental, human rights, and other initiatives.

4 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Tucking It Away: How Much Cash Should Investors Allocate? June 4, 2017 11:59 PM   |  

Some experts say it’s important to allocate a portion of your portfolio to cash. What’s the right amount for you?

3 min read  |  Savings Goals
Earth Day: Sustainable Investing for a Different Type of Asset Protection April 20, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Sustainable investing is more popular than ever as we celebrate Earth Day 2017. What can investors do to put more “green” into their portfolios?

5 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Clocking In and Out: Trying to Time the Market? There May Be Ways March 16, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Are you a long-term investor hoping to use time to your advantage? Don’t chase trends, and especially don’t try to time the market. There are other ways.

6 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Caution to the Wind…and Solar, Hydro and Geothermal? March 7, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

Investment in alternative energy companies and ETFs may offer rewards, but also come with risks. Here are some considerations.

4 min read  |  ETFs & Mutual Funds
Just Add Water? Investing in Growth Funds for Risk and Reward March 7, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

Looking to grow? A growth fund is a basket of stocks designed to deliver capital appreciation as opposed to dividend income.

3 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Higher Interest Rates: 6 Things to Know for Retirement Planning December 29, 2016 11:00 PM   |  

How might rising interest rates impact long-term investing decisions? Discuss the impact of a rate hike on long-term savings: fixed income, long-term care.

4 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
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
Stock Market History 101: Lore Behind the Best Six Months September 19, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Like the changing leaves outdoors, fall signals a change in the historical patterns of the stock market. Learn what the “best six months” has in store.

4 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Getting Friendly with Trends: Drawing and Applying Trendlines August 29, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Technical analysis and drawing trendlines can keep you informed about the trends unfolding in your investments and may even support your decision making.

3 min read  |  Charting
Let the Money Flow: A Look at Active Vs. Passive Managed Funds June 13, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

In recent years, passively managed index funds have attracted big money flows. What are the advantages and risks of investing in index funds?

4 min read  |  ETFs & Mutual Funds
Technical Analysis for Investors: Applying Support and Resistance May 25, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Support and resistance are two of the most important concepts in technical analysis. How can investors potentially gain an edge by applying them?

4 min read  |  Technical Analysis
Invest in Values (and Value)? Social Responsibility is Trending April 27, 2016 12:01 AM   |  

You might assume green initiatives are the core of socially responsible investing, but there’s a long list of factors that go into evaluating a company’s ethi

4 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Better Money Habits: Lessons Learned from Super Savers April 21, 2016 12:01 AM   |  

Our chief market strategist breaks down the day's top business stories and offers insight on how they might impact your trading and investing.

3 min read  |  Creating a Budget
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
Goal Planning: Too Obsessed With Stock Benchmarks? February 17, 2016 7:01 PM   |  

Are you too obsessed with stock benchmarks? You may be indirectly and directly following results that are far removed from your portfolio’s long-term aim.

3 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Dividend Increases: An Indicator for Stock Strength? January 27, 2016 7:01 PM   |  

Looking for new ways to win in the stock market? Dividend-paying stocks can be quite attractive.

4 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
From the Studs Up: Building (and Rebuilding) a Portfolio with MPT November 22, 2015 7:00 PM   |  

Modern portfolio theory (MPT) is built on asset allocation, diversification, and rebalancing your portfolio without letting human emotion interfere.

4 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Stock Sector Focus: Can Sin Pay Off? October 11, 2015 8:00 PM   |  

Alcohol, tobacco,and gaming stock sectors are called the triumvirate of sin. For investors, it can pay be sinful.

3 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Who Says You Have to Sell Stock Declines? August 23, 2015 8:00 PM   |  

Don’t panic and sell your long-term retirement investment. Instead, consider going shopping during a stock market down phase.

3 min read  |  Investing Basics
Intermarket Clues: Are Bonds a Leading Indicator for Stocks? August 9, 2015 8:00 PM   |  

Study intermarket analysis, specifically bonds, for potential clues on the next leg for Federal Reserve policy and stock market reaction.

4 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
No Market Trades in a Vacuum: Using Intermarket Analysis August 2, 2015 8:00 PM   |  

Study intermarket analysis for a more complete investing picture. Pull in bonds, currencies, and commodities with typical stock market research.

4 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
Passive vs. Active: Smart Beta Blend Intensifies Investing Debate July 19, 2015 8:00 PM   |  

Ask yourself if your investing goals and personality traits favor active or passive strategies—or combining the best of both in a smart beta approach.

4 min read  |  Investment Guidance
Theme Investing: Should You Think Like the Millennials? June 28, 2015 8:00 PM   |  

Weigh the opportunities and risks of thematic investing, which targets demographics like the big spending of the 92-million-strong millennials.

4 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Forget One and Done: Stock Beta Testing Requires Attention April 15, 2015 8:01 PM   |  

Beta, a method of measuring an investment’s volatility relative to the broader market, is one way to gauge risk. It works even better when you remember to re-measure.

3 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
Hedge Fund Truth: What Investors Should Know March 9, 2015 5:00 AM   |  

Hedge funds are often the envy of investors on the outside looking in. But from the fees to stomach-churning swings, there’s a lot for retail investors to learn.

2 min read  |  Investment Guidance
Investing's Dirty Word: Inflation April 30, 2014 8:00 PM   |  

Inflation-proofing a portfolio is about allowing growth investments to take advantage of an economy that tips toward inflation while buffering income-generating portions from inflation’s bite.

6 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Bump up the B Team: Trade on the All-Stars’ Support System February 12, 2014 9:36 PM   |  

A winning well -thought- out investment plan requires you need to dig deeper to get an edge on the crowd. Here’s a few secondary ways to play big themes.

4 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Options Lab Part 1:
Why Options? Why Not?
August 31, 2013 8:00 PM   |  

First in a series of brief, instructional articles that start at the beginning and build to combining and applying basic option trading principles in more complex strategies, including spreads.

5 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Move Like Jagger and Buy Like Buffett: Stock Screener July 12, 2013 7:25 PM   |  

Investors looking for well-priced, quality stocks might borrow a page from Warren Buffett and Benjamin Graham, but only with the help of a stock screener.

4 min read  |  Web Platform
50 Shades of Green: Environmental Trends with Benefits April 5, 2013 2:19 PM   |  

Climate-conscientious stock-picking that's evolved past volatile solar and wind.

4 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Four Big Mistakes That Will Devastate Your Finances June 14, 2012 10:29 PM   |  

The Motley Fool details four big mistakes that could devastate your finances.

3 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
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