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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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What is an IPO and Other Investing Questions Answered

If you heard someone talking about a unicorn undergoing an IPO, you might think it was gibberish at first. But on Wall Street these days, it’s not a fantasy phenomenon — it’s a real situation. Read on for answers to all your questions from “What is an IPO?” to “What does a unicorn have to […]

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Corporate Actions – How Do They Impact You as a Shareholder?

Often public companies and their board of directors make decisions that result in changes to their stock price, ticker symbol, and/or the stock’s total return. These are referred to as corporate actions. Companies announce these moves about their stock ahead of time, but you might be surprised if you missed the news and then check […]

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Q3 Outlook: Proceed With Caution

Financial markets have turned from despair to hope, all in the span of three months. Stocks posted their best quarter in more than 20 years, and the economy bounced back with force. It’s been a reversal of fortune for investors, who weathered the S&P 500’s quickest 30% plunge in recent memory as the coronavirus pandemic […]

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Selling Stocks: 3 Signs It Could Be the Right Time

Like the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, sometimes it can feel like you might never actually see the profits on your investments. Fortunately, returns aren’t just a myth — and you don’t need to be extra lucky to get them. As an investor, you likely put a lot of energy into […]

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Scared of Bear Markets? Here’s What You Need to Know

When a bear attacks, often out of fear, it swipes at its prey with its claws in a downward motion. According to one theory, this swooping down movement is the basis for the name of a bear market. You hear the term “bear market,” (as well as its counterpart, “bull market”), used all the time […]

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