Investing 101 Basics

How Much Time It Actually Takes to Manage Your Own Money

It can be shocking to look at how we spend our time. It’s common for successful people to look at their investment portfolios as a hobby – but should it really be treated that way? It is dubious that this approach benefits either the investor or the portfolio. Here’s an estimate of how much time …

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Learning the difference between a Wealth Advisor, a Portfolio Manager and a Trader

Like any natural habitat, the Wall Street ecosystem is populated with a wide array of forces interacting and competing with one another to ensure the greatest sustained benefit to themselves. This financial food chain includes everybody from the largest institutions down to the smallest retail traders and everybody in between. Things can get confusing, however, …

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Trading Futures? Know These Terms Before You Start

Part of your preparation in trading futures should involve learning able to speak and understand the language of the market. Arbitrage Some investors benefit from price discrepancies among different commodity futures markets. These investors analyze the prices of similar commodities in different markets and buy from the lower priced market. They then sell the same …

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Should you invest in Commodities?

If you’re already an investor, commodity trading can serve to diversify your portfolio. Commodities can be anything from oil to gold or silver to coffee, sugar and wheat. Unlike certain investments, commodities can hold and gain value over time. They can also be less risky. You’re not buying an intangible asset, but something tangible that …

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What is a Bond?

Though bonds as an investment class don’t generate the highest returns, they have their own appeal. They offer portfolio diversification, generate steady returns even in the face of a highly volatile investment environment, provide tax advantages and more. If you don’t know what bonds are and want to learn how to start investing in them, …

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How to Invest in Stocks

Why People Invest in Stocks Investing in stocks can be a good way to build wealth. Due to the magic of compound interest, a small initial investment can eventually grow to a treasure trove, if properly managed. For example, the world’s most famous investor, Warren Buffett started investing in equities around six decades ago and …

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Learn the difference between a mutual fund and a brokerage account

What a brokerage account is A brokerage account is an investment account opened with a broker or a firm that charges a commission or fee for buying and selling orders for an investor. Opening an Account To open a brokerage account, fill out an application either at a brick and mortar brokerage location or, if …

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How much savings should I have?

How much should you have saved throughout your life? This is a question you should be asking yourself sooner than later. According to a recent Bank of America survey, a surprising 16% of Millennials between the ages of 23 and 37 now have at least $100,000 saved for retirement. Some interesting stats below based on …

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My first investment: Savings and CDs

It’s a financial jungle out there, where to start for a first investment? Putting money into a savings account should be your first step to investing. Building up your savings from your monthly paycheck (say 15%) should be considered as your first investment since your savings account will generate annual interests income (between 0.5% and …

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Know Yourself

We are all are trying to make money, but we all come from different backgrounds and have different financial needs. Some financial assets are only suitable for certain types of individuals, defined by their lifestyle and risk personality. We really need to understand our financial limits along with our financial objectives, that will tell us …

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