Mutual Funds

4 Alternative Investment Options that Can Grow Your Wealth

When everyone else zigs, do you zag? Is the road less traveled your preferred route? Maybe you’re an adventurer, a thrill seeker, or an off-the-beaten pathtaker. No matter how you say it, sticking to the norm just isn’t your thing. So, when it comes to money and building your wealth, you want to explore all […]

Trading

A Recipe for Investing: The Basics of ETFs

You’ve probably heard the old adage “variety is the spice of life.” But what about its lesser known counterpart, “variety is the spice of investing”? Ok, we might’ve made that one up, but that doesn’t make it any less true. Holding a mix of investments in your portfolio (a.k.a. diversification) is not only the spice, […]

Trading

Swing Trading Strategies

When it comes to running, are you more of a 100-meter sprint person or a marathon runner? Or maybe you’re somewhere in the middle, like a 10K? When it comes to trading stocks, you could say that swing trading is the equivalent of a middle-distance race, like the 10K. Day traders are the sprinters of […]

Trading

What Is an ETF: 6 Things Investors Should Know

Let’s face it. In the world of investing, it feels like stocks get all the attention. So, it seems like they would be a natural place to start if you’re a beginner investor. But what if we told you there was a way to invest in numerous — we’re talking hundreds or thousands — of […]

Trading

REIT Investing: What Is a REIT?

When you hear the words “invest in real estate,” what comes to mind? Is it a second home, a plot of land, a rental apartment complex, or a luxury hotel? Even if you already invest in stocks and bonds and have an IRA and/or a retirement fund, you may only associate investing in real estate […]

Stocks

2020 Market Outlook: Vision Mixed

As we look back a decade ago, the stock market had just endured a two-year sell-off, and the unemployment rate was at 9.9% (just shy of the 10% peak reached months earlier in October 2009). Combined, these realities made the idea of investing money in the stock market a hard pill to swallow for many […]

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, […]

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