The difference between yield and total return for a bond, and how they are calculated. Read more » ...

Reading a company’s literature can still be a mystery if you don’t understand the jargon. Read more » ...

Every builder starts with a foundation. If you are new to investing, you are building an investment portfolio, and you need to start with an investment foundation. That foundation consists of the basic investment principles. Boiled down to its bare basics, investing concerns returns...

Ratio analysis relies on financial statements to study the past and develop a feel for a company’s attractiveness. Read more » ...

Easing into the market by making automatic investments on a set schedule. Read more » ...

How Do I Get Started Once I Have My Investing Plan? Read more » ...

There are four basic aspects that compose your personal investment profile: Read more » ...

Every builder starts with a foundation. If you are new to investing, you are building an investment portfolio, and you need to start with an investment foundation. That foundation consists of the basic investment principles. Read more » ...

Bond prices go up and down in response to two factors: changes in interest rates and changes in credit quality. Individual investors who purchase bonds tend to worry a lot about the safety of their money. Generally, however, they tie safety to credit considerations. Many individual...

Making tax avoidance your investment focus is a formula for investment disaster. But keeping your eye on aftertax returns is simply wise investing. For example, two funds have similar compound average annual five-year before-tax returns. A five-year period is probably long enough...