Bonds

What You Need to Know About Fixed-Income Securities

Would you rather be paid a regular, fixed salary where you always know what to expect when it comes to your money? Or, would you prefer to receive more erratic payments that can fluctuate up and down, leaving your income stream unpredictable? The latter may have potential for greater payments, but the former offers consistency […]

Stocks

Why Having a Diversified Portfolio Is Important

They say you shouldn’t put all your eggs in one basket, but why is that? Well, thinking about the phrase literally, if you dropped your basket, all your eggs would break. But if you split up those eggs among a few different baskets, dropping one won’t affect the eggs in the others. When it comes […]

Stocks

Supporting Diversity & Inclusion Through ESG Investing

We’re all looking to do more with our money. Often, that has just meant finding ways to stretch our dollars, build our savings accounts, and invest for our future. But what if doing more with your money also meant doing more for the public good? Well, thanks to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing, you […]

Trading

D.I.Y. Investing: 5 Things to Know Before You Get Started

Sometimes you just want to take matters into your own hands, especially when it comes to your money. After all, you know your capacity for risk and your long-term financial goals better than anyone else. If this rings true to you, a D.I.Y. investing approach could be just what your portfolio needs. But if you’re […]

Investing

Education: An Investment in Your Financial Future

Too often, we think of investments strictly in terms of things like stocks, bonds, real estate — assets with a cash equivalent that can be used to build wealth. These aren’t the only ways we can invest for our future, though. In fact, one of the most valuable pieces of capital you can invest in, […]

Stocks

How to Short a Stock — And What You Should Know Before Doing So

When you invest, you typically buy securities that you expect to rise in price, so that when you’re ready to sell you’ll generate returns. But in a bear market, when stock prices are generally declining, this trading strategy might not be the most effective. That’s when you might bring short selling into play. Read on […]

Investing

Lule Demmissie and Henry Jiménez on Investing in Yourself, Your Community, and Your Culture

Henry Jiménez, executive director of the Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) in Saint Paul, Minnesota, believes investing in your local community begins at your doorstep. He takes supporting the immigrant and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) communities around him personally, and he channels that mission through his work with Rebuild & Heal Minnesota […]

Stocks

Q4 2020 Outlook: Riding the Emotional Rollercoaster

What a year 2020 has been! With just three more months left, we’re drinking the pumpkin spice lattes, getting out the Christmas decorations, and preparing to wave goodbye to one of the worst years in memory. But before doing that, we need to prepare for some fourth-quarter market action. Ironically, this rough year hasn’t derailed […]

Options

The Basics of Writing Covered Calls

Are you looking to elevate your investment strategy? Writing covered calls could be a way to add investment income to your portfolio, while holding on to your long stock positions. You don’t have to be an investment professional to take advantage of this options move — but it won’t hurt to learn the ins and […]

Bonds

Negative Bond Yields: What’s the Buzz and Should You Be Concerned?

Imagine someone offering you a deal: Pay him $100 now, and he’ll pay you back $90 in two years. You lose $10 in that arrangement — not a great investment, right? And yet, scenarios like that have been playing out all over global bond markets in recent years. It’s what happens when you have bond […]

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