5 Smart Investing Principles

5 Smart Investing Principles

There is no shortage of self-help material available for people looking to boost their investing knowledge. Between television programs, magazines, and other information sources, you can read about “The Best” this and “The Most Important” that. It can be easy to get...
5 Smart Investing Strategies

5 Smart Investing Strategies

When it comes to investing, there’s no shortage of theories, approaches, and ideas. Visit a bookstore or search online and you may be overwhelmed with information. Five Smart Investing Strategies attempts to simplify the investment process. We’re going to review five...
The Business Cycle

The Business Cycle

What has upswings and downturns, troughs, peaks, and plateaus? Though such terms could easily describe a roller coaster ride, in fact they are commonly used to refer to something known as the business cycle.The business cycle — also known as the economic cycle —...
A Look at Diversification

A Look at Diversification

Ancient Chinese merchants are said to have developed a unique way to manage their risk. They would divide their shipments among several different vessels. That way, if one ship were to sink or be attacked by pirates, the rest stood a good chance of getting through and...
Inflation & Your Money

Inflation & Your Money

“If the current annual inflation rate is only 2.2%, why do my bills seem like they’re 10% higher than last year?” Many of us ask ourselves that question, and it illustrates the importance of understanding how inflation is reported and how it can affect...
Mutual Funds vs. ETFs

Mutual Funds vs. ETFs

The growth of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) has been explosive. In 1998, there were only 29; at the end of 2018, there were over 1,900 investing in a wide range of stocks, bonds, and other securities and instruments.¹At first glance, ETFs have a lot in common with...

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