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Investing Advice Brought to You by the Animal Kingdom

As humans, we’re hard-wired for instant gratification. Yet over the millennia, we’ve created a modern society which rewards deferred gratification and forward thinking – very much removed from our basic animal instincts. Our big brains allow us to pursue higher education, maintain careers, and build wealth.  But, we’re still animal at the core. So we […]

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4 Steps to Start Investing Ethically

Many of us make a conscious effort to do the right thing. We try to have our personal values guide our daily behaviors and decisions. As consumers, we do this by using our purchasing power to support businesses that align with our value set. As investors, we have a similar opportunity.  You can design your […]

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Ready, Set, Invest! 5 Questions to Ask Yourself When You’re Ready to Start Investing

When you decide that it’s time to start investing, sometimes the hardest part can be knowing where to start. For beginners, taking that initial plunge into the market can seem intimidating. But it doesn’t have to be. You can get the ball rolling by answering just a few simple questions – like the ones below. […]

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The Importance of Portfolio Rebalancing

Over time, you might start to see your portfolio asset-allocation veer off track because of market ups and downs. Market variation could cause the performance of an individual stock to improve, while other stocks either remain consistent or actually start to decline in performance during a certain period of time. To give an example of […]

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25 Simple Ways to Save for Investing

According to research, less than ten percent of Americans feel they’re successful in achieving their New Year’s resolutions. If you started this year with the hope of building your investments, don’t despair. While it may seem like every dollar you earn is already spoken for, you’ll be surprised at how many ways you could find […]

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Long Inverse ETF Strategies

The concept behind inverse exchange-traded funds or ETFs seems quite simple. When the underlying target index goes down, the value of the ETF is designed to go up. The target index may be broad-based, like the Standard & Poor’s 500 index, or it could be a basket chosen to follow a specific area of the […]

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Basics of ETFs

Like a mutual fund, an exchange-traded fund (ETF) pools the money of many investors and purchases a group of securities. Like index mutual funds, most ETFs are passively managed. Instead of having a portfolio manager who uses his or her judgment to select specific stocks, bonds, or other securities to buy and sell, both index […]

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Market Outlook: A Trader’s Guide

Different ways to develop an opinion on the market In the world of Wall Street, there is no shortage of colorful language used to describe one’s outlook on the markets. When using the key terms to describe your market sentiment (bullish, bearish, neutral or volatile), Ally Invest is speaking from the perspective of the U.S. […]

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Leveraged and Inverse ETFs

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have gotten increasingly popular since they were introduced in 1993. Their value is based on a portfolio of investments, often referred to as a basket. In general, the basket consists of different stocks, but may also contain hard commodities, derivatives or other investments. ETFs trade throughout the day just like a stock […]

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What is Your Investing Persona?

When it comes to investing, we each our own motivations, and roadblocks. Despite our differences, we can often find parallels in the way we each go about our investing life. There is a wide spectrum of different types of investors. Knowing where your behaviors and perspectives compare to others in a similar situation can be […]