Investing 101 — Dollar Cost Averaging

While the stock market has historically shown to trend upward over a long period of time, the market fluctuates daily. Dollar Cost Averaging is a long-term approach to investing that regularly invests a specific amount of money despite how the market changes in the short-term. An investor using Dollar Cost Averaging commits to investing a…

Investing 101 — investment risk

Investing involves different types of risk; how you deal with those risks is an important part of your investment strategy. But first, you need to understand what these risks are. Here are five common types of investment risk, and some general strategies used to reduce them. Market risk Market risk is the possibility of a…

Investing 101 — bonds

Along with stocks, bonds are one of the most common investments. Generally, they are considered safer investments than stocks and play an important role in creating the right asset allocation for an investor’s risk tolerance. However, there are many different types of bonds as you can see in Mint’s infographic. Click here or on the…

Investing 101 — stocks

Even if you are a risk-adverse investor, it’s important to know what stocks are and understand how they work. We briefly discuss them on our investment terms page, but Mint’s infographic gives a deeper look at what a stock is, how stocks work, and a little history on the performance of the stock market. You…

Investing 101 — asset allocation

Asset allocation is an investment strategy that spreads an individual’s investments over several asset types to reduce investment risk. It uses the risk and return of each asset as a guide to create a portfolio that, among other things, fits a person’s investment goals and tolerance for risk. There is no single asset allocation that…