What Is Sector Investing? A Strategy for Portfolio Diversification

When you buy a pie, you get one flavor. It might be apple or blueberry or chocolate, depending on your tastes, but it’s one pie, one flavor. Buying securities on the stock market is different: You get more choices to mix and match, based on your investing tastes. If you’re craving variety for your portfolio, […]


3 Steps to Become a Confident Investor

Investing can be intimidating, especially in the beginning. For many new investors, the word “investing” conjures up images of men in pressed suits, closely watching the ups and downs of prices of a stock. And if you’re part of a widely marginalized community, the intimidation factor can be tenfold. We at Ally Invest believe that […]


What Is Margin Trading? 6 Things to Know Before You Trade

In your search for the right investment strategy, you might’ve come across margin trading at some point. But what is margin trading? And is it something you should be taking advantage of? Margin trading, which is also referred to as buying investments on margin or margin investing, has to do with how you trade, not what you trade, and […]


3 Tips to Handle Financial Peer Pressure With Ease

We all remember our high school years — a time of having fun and feeling free. On the other hand, you probably also recall the peer pressure you faced. That feeling of wanting to fit in usually doesn’t end with graduation. Many adults are affected by peer pressure, especially when it comes to finances and […]


Stock Market Volatility: What Can You Do When the Market’s Down?

In physics, the most basic rule of gravity is this: What goes up must come down. But when investing, what goes up may come down again. When you buy securities, you aim to make money. But unless you’re able to see the future, losses are something you’re bound to encounter at some point. So, what do […]


Five Fall-Focused Mental Hacks for Investing

Markets are kicking into high gear after a sleepy summer. It’s time to get your head in the game. Investing is largely mental, after all. Markets are constantly changing, and your ability to process and adapt to change can make or break your portfolio. Yes, even if you pick stocks like a pro. Don’t get […]


Fire up Your Portfolio This Hot Vax Summer

As vaccination rates and afternoon temperatures rise, your plans may look like getting out of the house to jump in pools and search for your city’s most air-conditioned restaurants — anything to beat the heat. But as an investor, there’s one thing you don’t want to cool down during the summer months: keeping an eye […]


A Beginner’s Guide to Reading Stock Charts

In the old days, stockbrokers made their living primarily because they were the only ones with quick access to the information needed to make intelligent stock buys. Today, that information is available almost instantly to anyone. The trick is to understand that information, which is a different skill. Those who use stockbrokers and financial advisors […]


What Are Unsettled Funds?

Before the internet enabled money to be instantly transferable, owning a stock meant possessing a physical stock certificate, and trading a security required several days to complete. That’s why the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) created settlement periods — to allow time for buyers and sellers to physically exchange their respective halves of the trade. […]


4 Ways Social Media Trends Can Impact Your Investment Portfolio

As an investor, there isn’t one right way to evaluate the market or your next big investment. You might choose to rely on the fundamentals and only invest in companies that meet certain financial criteria. Or you might make investment decisions based on the behavior of other investors or trends you see in the world. […]

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