How to Decipher What the Market Is Saying
Posted on February 22, 2012 | Investing
Daily price and volume activity offer clues about where the major indexes are headed.
Quantitative Strategies for Selecting Stocks
Posted on February 14, 2012 | Investing
The results of more than 1,200 backtests found seven basic favorable factors from four quantitative strategies for beating the market.
Investing Basics: Dividend Reinvestment Plans
Posted on February 6, 2012 | Investing
What are dividend reinvestment plans?
Dividend reinvestment plans are custom-made for long-term buy-and-hold investors. Instead of sending participating investors cash dividends, the company applies those dividends to the purchase of additional company shares.
Laddered Bond Portfolios
Posted on January 19, 2012 | Investing
Laddering a bond portfolio involves building a portfolio of individual bonds with staggered maturities, so that a portion of the portfolio will mature each year.
The EZ Approach to an ETF Portfolio
Posted on January 11, 2012 | Investing
Creating a diversified portfolio starts with focusing on a few key building blocks.
How to Calculate Your Portfolio’s Return
Posted on January 3, 2012 | Investing
Although some people are satisfied simply watching the dollars grow, most investors want that translated into a performance figure. A look at two methods for calculating your portfolio’s return.
Investment Vehicle Attributes
Posted on December 29, 2011 | Investing
Learn the characteristics of five types of investment vehicles you may consider using: individual securities, mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), closed-end funds and annuities.
Taking the Load Off of “Must Have” Fully Loaded Funds
Posted on December 22, 2011 | Investing
Mutual fund investors should avoid unnecessary charges whenever possible. After all, the bottom line in any investment is how it performs for the investor, and that performance includes consideration of all loads, fees and expenses.
Beginning Investor: How to Start
Posted on December 19, 2011 | Investing
If you are brand new to investing, the question you are probably asking yourself is: “What should I do first?”
It is not an easy question to answer for someone who is just starting to manage their portfolio. There are many options available, with just subtle differences between some choices. More importantly, you do not want your first investment to be a losing one.
Four Basic Steps to Gauging a Firm’s True Financial Position
Posted on December 14, 2011 | Investing
If you were to analyze your own finances, you typically would start by looking at how much money you have in your checking account and at the transactions posted to your account. This usually represents “the truth” about how you really spent all of your money.