Stocks

Holiday Market Moves: Santa Claus Rally or Seasonal Strength?

As we head into December, market strength is adding to the holiday cheer of investors. The S&P 500 is 24% higher year-to-date — its best year-to-date performance since 2013. Admittedly, that performance didn’t come easily as trade uncertainties, geopolitical issues, Federal Reserve policy, reduced corporate spending, and CEO confidence weighed on investors’ minds. In 2019, […]

Mutual Funds

When It Comes to ETFs vs. Mutual Funds, There’s No Favorite Child

If you’re a twin or have a sibling similar in age, chances are you were often mistaken for one another growing up. The same happens with mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Both are basket-like investments that promote diversification, are professionally managed, can earn (or lose) money, and charge fees. But they also have distinctive […]

Options

What’s the Difference Between Options and Stocks?

Building a portfolio can be like dining out. You have lots of choices (Chicken or beef? French fries or side salad?), but not all of them suit your appetite. Stocks may be your go-to pick, but options can also be a wise choice for your portfolio. Whether you choose stocks, options, or a combination of […]

Trading

How to Build an ETF Portfolio – Strategies to Consider

We know the world of investing can be intimidating. The abundance of acronyms and bounty of buzzwords is a lot to take on alone — then you have to make sense of it all, strategize, invest, sell, and more? It’s enough to make you say, “I’ll buy one stock in Berkshire Hathaway, one in Amazon, […]

Stocks

Q4 2019 Market Outlook: Stay Calm. And Invested. 

If you’ve been watching the stock market on a daily basis over the past month and a half, you might feel emotionally exhausted from the increased volatility, or big swings, in the market. To blame? A combination of several items, including disappointing economic data points (manufacturing and services data), uncertainty regarding trade tensions between the […]

Trading

6 Ways to Avoid Emotional Investing

Investing your money in an ever-changing market can conjure up a lot of emotions. From the euphoria of the highs to the disappointment that can accompany the lows, investing can often feel like a battle between the head and heart, with your hard-earned dollars at stake. And for some people it can be difficult to […]

Trading

Low Risk, Less Stress: A Conservative Investment Strategy Can Help You Build Wealth Without the Anxiety

The primary goal of investing? Building wealth. But with investing comes some risk, which can be so stressful for some investors that they choose to sit on the sidelines, too cautious to get started. If that’s the case for you, you’re not alone. Sixty-five percent of adults say investing is scary and/or intimidating, with Gen […]

Trading

Commission-Free Trading: Music to Every Investor’s Ears

Many musical artists have told us the best things in life are free – think of Frank Sinatra crooning about flowers in spring and robins that sing and Jennifer Lopez saying that love don’t cost a thing. And we’re all familiar with the many tunes in homage of another freebie cherished by a growing number […]

Trading

What’s a Cash-Enhanced Managed Portfolio? We’re Glad You Asked

Investing for the first time can make your head spin. From the jargon to the time-consuming market research to the nerves you have, it’s natural that you might feel apprehensive. But investing doesn’t need to be scary or overwhelming — and you should feel good about taking control of your financial goals and growth. That’s […]

Trading

Your Top Questions Answered About Robo-Advisors

From smart homes to self-driving cars, technology is redefining and streamlining the way we live. Even the way you invest your money is  getting an upgrade. Robo-advisors are adding the benefits of automation to your finances by helping you build and manage an investment portfolio with ease. But what is a robo-advisor? And should you […]

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