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Understanding Sector Analysis

Understanding the movement of the stock market as a whole helps investors commit to their investing strategy and to manage their portfolios like a professional, but well diversified investors may find that understanding total stock market movements do not...

Am I meeting my investing goals?

When it comes to managing investments like a professional, even knowledgeable investors might be surprised by how far they can stray from their goals. I know that when I first began to use the DIY.Fund tools, some of the basic insights shocked me. For example, I keep...

Should you add bonds to your portfolio?

Bonds are one of the most important investment asset classes, but they are also one of the most misunderstood. Bonds provide ongoing income to investors, and they tend to decrease portfolio volatility. As investors begin to construct their portfolios, it can be...

Your goals and your asset allocation

The single most important question for an investor to ask him or herself is, "Why am I investing?" The answer to that question will influence everything about the way you manage your portfolio. Your goals will influence everything about the way you manage your...

How is your portfolio REALLY performing?

Do you know how your portfolio performed last year? Not how individual assets performed, but how all of them performed together? Does your performance take into account fees and expenses? It turns out, that investors who regularly contribute to their accounts...

Who is certified to manage your assets?

Financial complexity drives investors to financial advisors, but professional help isn’t always what it seems. In fact, given the right set of tools, most people can overcome the complexity of the financial markets and manage their portfolios as well or better than a professional.