Category Archives: Investment 101

How to Invest in Futures

Most investors are familiar with asset classes like stocks or bonds; some might even have experience with trading options or currencies. But one area where many investors are lacking in knowledge and exposure in their portfolios is futures. Even experienced investors may not have much exposure to the futures market. With large initial balances, sometimes … Read More

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How to Invest During Periods of High Inflation

Investing when inflation is a concern usually leads to a more volatile marketplace. Not only is inflation a pernicious profit-erasing force, it’s also highly misunderstood by investors. Inflation and uncertainty seem to go hand-in-hand, but investors who understand what inflation’s real impact is could find themselves taking advantage of big opportunities. On the surface, inflation … Read More

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What To Do in a Sell-Off

There’s no worse feeling than checking your portfolio and discovering the market is in the midst of a panicked sell-off. Watching a stock (or many stocks) you own drop further and further with no discernible end in sight can be a heart-wrenching experience. But, like all things, sell-offs are only temporary. While broad market selling … Read More

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Stocks that Go Higher When the Market Heads Lower

The stock market has been anything but predictable over the past week, with large drops and gains in a single trading day. Volatility is rising and investors are scrambling for solid ground. Safe haven assets are usually one of the first things investors flock to, along with dividend-paying stocks. But while most stocks tend to be … Read More

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Making the Case Against Stock Picking

There’s no lack of coverage for investors who like to take their investment portfolio into their own hands. Carefully picking individual stocks and designing a custom, self-built portfolio gives investors a great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. But unless you know what you’re doing, your portfolio may end up doing more harm than good. Diversification is … Read More

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Easy Portfolio Designs You Can Implement No Matter Your Investments

If you’re looking for advice on portfolio strategies, you don’t have to look far. There are recommendations for virtually every type of asset available, which makes it sound like your portfolio needs to look like something only a hedge fund manager could run. While portfolio design can get complicated, it doesn’t have to be. There … Read More

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Red Flags that Mean Sell as Soon as Possible

Every investor that’s traded stocks for a while knows the feeling of watching a stock suddenly and unexpectedly drop overnight. One minute, you’re looking at solid fundamentals and making a case for why the stock could move higher and, the next, you’re watching investors dump shares in a panic while the stock drops to gut-wrenching … Read More

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It’s a Trap! How to Spot and Avoid Stock Market Bubbles

As an investor, there’s nothing more exciting than watching an asset you own climb higher and higher. There’s a sense of confidence in your decision-making and feeling of invulnerability when it defies expectations and breaks through to new highs on a near-daily basis. But, as with most things, if it seems too good to be … Read More

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Why You Should Diversify with International Trading

Diversification is arguably the most cited rule for investors to follow when building a portfolio. It reduces the risk of a single event or under-performing sector to derail your entire investment portfolio. It follows the adage, “don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” Once you have a mix of stocks in your portfolio ranging … Read More

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Your First Investment: How to Choose the Ideal Mutual Fund

If you’re a new investor and looking to get started with your first mutual fund, then congratulations – you’ve taken the first step towards financial freedom. But with more than 9,500 mutual funds to choose from, trying to screen for just one can be seem overwhelming. It’s almost enough to stop you dead in your … Read More

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