Investment

Investing should be easy – just buy low and sell high – but most of us have trouble following that simple advice. There are principles and strategies that may enable you to put together an investment portfolio that reflects your risk tolerance, time horizon, and goals. Understanding these principles and strategies can help you avoid some of the pitfalls that snare some investors.

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How Compound Interest Works

Use this calculator to better see the potential impact of compound interest on an asset.

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Determine if you are eligible to contribute to a traditional or Roth IRA.

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Use this calculator to compare the future value of investments with different tax consequences.

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