Investing Strategy

In Pursuit of Safe Investments? How About Less-Risky Investing Practices? November 2, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Is there such a thing as a safe investment? No, investing is not safe, but are there prudent investing practices?

5 min read  |  Investing Basics
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  |  Managed Portfolios
Beyond Stocks & Bonds: Exploring Alternative Investments September 21, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Beyond the world of stocks and bonds lies another category of assets: alternative investments. Learn about the alternative investment market and the types of “alts” that may be available to retail investors.

5 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
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  |  Managed Portfolios
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
Freshen up Your Investing Strategies on Investor Education Day September 11, 2018 2:55 PM   |  

Market conditions can rapidly shift, leaving investors wondering how to best manage their portfolio. At TD Ameritrade’s upcoming Education Day, learn about a wide range of topics for investing in today’s market.

2 min read  |  Market Insights
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
September’s Market Outlook: A Blend of Potentially Higher Rates and Politics August 22, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

In August, the Fed left rates unchanged and earnings season overall didn’t disappoint. What might be in store for September?

4 min read  |  Market Insights
Riding Out Market Turbulence: Why Staying Invested Can Work Better Than Trying To Time The Market August 9, 2018 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
Investing in Growth vs. Value Stocks: A Side-by-Side Comparison July 17, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Growth stocks vs. value stocks—what's the difference? Explore examples and attributes of value and growth stocks side by side in a comparison.

5 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
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  |  Managed Portfolios
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
Seeding Your Dividend Garden? Patience and Maintenance Needed July 20, 2017 12:00 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
Buy What You Know: Does it Apply to Investing in IPOs? June 29, 2017 8:15 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
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
Aerospace, Defense Sectors: Gathering Steam From Trump Budget? March 22, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Eyeing the aerospace and defense sectors? Here are 4 factors to consider.

3 min read  |  Sector Outlooks
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
Keep to the Course: The Risks of Not Staying Invested November 15, 2016 11:00 PM   |  

The wild market swings during the presidential election may be a reminder to investors that staying invested for the long term may keep you on course.

4 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
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
ABCs of Portfolio Investing: 3 Rules for Long-Term Investors September 13, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

It’s that time of year when kids head back to school and investors brush up on the ABCs of long-term investing. Learn 3 rules that might help.

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
Wanna Invest in the Environment, Society, and Great Governance? June 9, 2016 12:01 AM   |  

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

2 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
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
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  |  Managed Portfolios
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  |  Managed Portfolios
Investor Goal-Line Stand: Don’t Outsmart Yourself February 4, 2015 4:00 AM   |  

Whether trading or investing, it’s important to stick to the fundamentals and not try to outsmart yourself.

3 min read  |  Option Trading Basics
Feel Lucky? A Little Bit Helps, but You Need More Than That December 29, 2014 7:00 PM   |  

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
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  |  Option 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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