What is a smart-beta ETF? Explore what qualifies as a smart-beta fund and what systems define this type of ETF.
When used prudently, and with a full understanding of the risks, margin can be used to help diversify holdings and attempt to amplify return on assets. But it’s not for everybody. Margin also creates the potential for greater risk of loss from increased leverage.
Though negative rates haven’t appeared to help the European and Japanese economies much, they can’t be ruled out here eventually. Here’s why, and how to consider getting prepared.
In these times of stock market volatility, many investors are looking for yield in fixed income and dividend stocks. However, there’s risk in these investments, too, so know what you’re getting into.
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.
Once you’ve mastered the basics of margin trading, you might want to learn how different trader and investor types use it. It can depend on your objectives, risk tolerance, and the products you trade.
Fake news and misinformation about a company can negatively impact share prices, and even if it’s a temporary price move, investors can get caught flat-footed. Here’s how you can help protect yourself and your portfolio.
Investors have several choices as they look to create a customized portfolio to help them pursue their investment goals.
While there are risks involved, investing in emerging and frontier markets can offer stock portfolio and currency diversification and significant growth opportunities.
Investors can use benchmarks to help gauge how their portfolios are performing. Find an appropriate benchmark to compare to your portfolio and keep your investing goals in mind.
Looking for a diversified portfolio that’s also tax efficient? Learn how the one-two punch of tax-free debt securities and tax-loss harvesting can help you pursue your goals.
When making decisions about your equity compensation, remember that the brain can work against you. Here are a few potential pitfalls to avoid. If in doubt, consider reaching out to a financial professional.
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.
Unexpected events can get in the way as you prepare for and enter retirement. Here are some tips on how to try and mitigate their potential impact.
Here’s why you need to keep your retirement money growing even when you’re already using it (hint: inflation and longevity).
What are tax-free muni bonds? Learn the unique benefits and risks of this debt-security investment vehicle.
What are separately managed accounts (SMAs), and how do they work for investors?
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.
Learn why you might want to consider dividends as a potential source of retirement income and how you can incorporate them into your retirement income plan.
Geopolitical risks come in many forms, and can impact an investment portfolio in a number of ways. Here are a few basic points to consider.
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.
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?
Learn how retail investors, even those with limited funds, can pursue a diversified portfolio mix using exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Investing in ETFs can provide exposure to a wide variety of markets, sectors, and asset classes.
Feeling financially conservative at retirement age? Your golden years need not be totally devoid of growth investments.
Junk bonds—or high-yield bonds—can be quite risky, but may still have a place in a portfolio.
Life has a way of happening, and investors should consider life changes as a time to assess retirement portfolios and long-term goals.
Our busy lives leave little room to monitor the stock markets regularly. There are times when we can just ignore our retirement portfolios—for a little while.
When spouses have different investing styles, retirement planning can take some compromises from both sides.
Is a dynamic approach to retirement fund drawdowns right for you? Go beyond the 4% rule and explore other strategies.
What if you get a pay hike? Use it to go down a better path for the future and stash it away. Here’s how.
Even those approaching retirement without adequate funds can find ways to catch up and have a successful life after work.
If you choose to use trading as a source of retirement income, it’s important to keep in mind the risks that come along with the potential rewards.
The U.S. stock market’s march to record highs has been accompanied by surging margin debt, a potential red flag for investors.
Index annuities popularity is on the rise and that’s a little scary. Put in your due diligence before you jump in.
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