Understand Key Concepts: Return and Rate of Return

When evaluating investment options or assessing the performance of your current investments, two concepts are key: return and rate of return. In this podcast, we explain both and how to use them to get the most out of your investments. Listen | 4 min. 45 sec. https://www.finra.org/investors/podcasts/key-concepts-return-and-rate-return?utm_source=MM&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Investor%5FNews%5F053117%5FFINAL Source: Financial Planning for Women

A visual representation of investment diversification

Check out the Squared Away blog for an effective visualization of investment diversification. I used the Callan Table in teaching diversification to my university students. It’s a great way to understand why no one can predict future investment returns. http://squaredawayblog.bc.edu/squared-away/the-picture-of-investment-diversity/ Source: Financial Planning for Women

Investment Return and Rate of Return: What’s the difference?

Every investor wants to earn money on their investments. FINRA explains:“Investment return is the money you make or lose on an investment. Ideally, your return will be positive: your initial investment or principal will remain intact, and you’ll end up with more money than you invested.”“Total return is a measure of your profit or capital…

Investment Knowledge and Behavior: Ask Yourself These Questions

While the results of the recent FINRA Foundation study Investors in the United States 2016 are interesting, “what’s really valuable is to ask some blunt questions about your own investment knowledge and behavior.”  Read five key findings, and some questions you should ask yourself. 1. Ask Yourself: Do you know what you own? You can…