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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Everything You Need to Know About Researching Stocks

Tesla, Apple, Amazon … you know the companies, and you’ve probably heard them mentioned in stock market news a time or two. But how do you know if these stocks (or any stocks for that matter) are right for your portfolio? If you aren’t sure how to pick stocks, where do you even begin? You […]


Trading vs. Investing: What’s the Difference?

Two runners sign up to run a race. One runs at a consistent, comfortable speed all the way to the finish line. The other alternates between bursts of sprinting and periods of walking. It’s hard to predict who will win — much like it’s difficult to say which approach, between trading vs. investing, will put […]

Mutual Funds

The Ins and Outs of Bond Mutual Funds

Want in on bonds but don’t know which to pick or where to start? Bond mutual funds could be worth exploring. When it comes to this type of investment, the name says it all. Just like a stock mutual fund invests in a basket of equities of numerous companies, a bond mutual fund invests in […]


Investing in Your Community: How to Buy Municipal Bonds

Did you know public improvement projects like highway repairs, school renovations, sewer system updates, and more can all be affected by the securities in your portfolio? That is, if you invest in municipal bonds — a.k.a. “munis.” If this type of investment piques your interest, but you’re wondering how to buy municipal bonds, read on. […]

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