The high-yield bond market has been affected by COVID-19. Yields have surged due to economic uncertainty. But these bonds hold more risk than investment-grade issues. How do investors decide if they should add them to their portfolio?
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.
Consider a three-tiered pyramid approach to creating goals for your needs, wants, and wishes.
Learning to invest can be like learning your way around a new city. Familiarize yourself with things close to home, then branch out.
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.
All investments experience market volatility, which is why retirement portfolio strategies should focus on allocating assets across investments of different risk levels.
Trading in your retirement account has several potential advantages and disadvantages to consider as you develop your strategy.
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.
Redesigned annuities are less expensive and easier to understand and buy, yet still customizable. They can be a vital hedge against outliving your assets.
Swing trading strategies attempt to capitalize on price fluctuation over the short term—a period of days or weeks—but not intraday movement. Learn how swing trading is used by traders and decide whether it may be right for you.
Temporarily protect your retirement against volatility risk. Here are some retirement- planning strategies.
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.
Lifespans are increasing, potentially making fixed-income investments essential for retirees and near-retirees who need to generate reliable income.
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.
Learn how the TD Ameritrade I-Portfolio tool can help you monitor and analyze your fixed-income investments.
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.
ETFs may be used to produce a stream of income, and offer potential benefits of portfolio diversification.
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Bonds are typically considered a more conservative investment that can help diversify your portfolio and help you attempt to ride out stock market volatility.
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.
Some pros say your early investing years are among the most critical, including whether you set up a 401(k). Learn how to work toward your financial goals.
Harness the power of a managed portfolio to help pursue your financial goals.
Learn to calculate profit and loss and assess risk parameters on vertical option spreads.
Learn about the "positions" to fill as you build your investment portfolio.
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.
Plan a mid-year reassessment of your goals and expectations, to ensure your portfolio is still in alignment.
When spouses have different investing styles, retirement planning can take some compromises from both sides.
A harmonious retirement with your spouse may require planning, communication, and compromise.
Most long-term investors have plugged their investments into one of those online retirement calculators to see if they’re on track. What's the next step?
Looking to grow? A growth fund is a basket of stocks designed to deliver capital appreciation as opposed to dividend income.
Ready for a more advanced options trading strategy? We explain vertical spreads (credit and debit).
Learn about the “bucket approach,” a drawdown strategy that involves holding three different buckets of money, or separate asset accounts, for retirement.
Growth stocks and growth mutual funds can fit into investment portfolios of people planning to retire in the coming few years, retirement experts say.
If you’re getting ready to invest with your Significant Other before marriage, lay down the rules first.
Avoid that dreaded all-your-eggs-in-one-basket cliché and look to a bin of mutual funds for diversification.
Investors should diversify bond portfolios like they do their stock portfolios. However, bonds portfolios have a few layers of diversification to consider.
Is twice the cash twice the fun? Not if you take utility into account. Get some perspective on how much benefit you’ll get from the next dollar.
ETFs have matured but they’re not done evolving. Morningstar’s Scott Burns urges income-seeking investors to expand their minds and their research.
Modern portfolio theory (MPT) is built on asset allocation, diversification, and rebalancing your portfolio without letting human emotion interfere.
For most people, retirement means more time doing the things you enjoy. If trading is one of them, retirement could mean more opportunities to potentially generate income.
Easy monetary policies have left income investors in a lurch. But exchange-traded funds (ETFs), REITs, master limited partnerships (MLPs), and preferred stocks can help fill the gap.
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.
The classic age/asset allocation formula is one place to start thinking about your retirement portfolio makeup. But the discussion shouldn’t stop there.
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.
With benchmark U.S. interest rates poised to climb, fixed-income investors should consider the implications for muni bonds.
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