Making small, regular monthly investments can be a great way to meet your financial goals. By regularly investing small amounts, say $50 a month, you take advantage of the market’s ups and downs. Over the long-term, you buy more shares when their costs are low and fewer when they are high. See page 79 of Money and Mobility for more information.
U.S. Savings Bonds
Savings bonds can be purchased from the U.S. Treasury, at banks and credit unions, and are often offered by employers through payroll deduction.
Smart Bond Investing
You've heard it before: asset allocation is the foundation of prudent investing. You've probably heard this before, too—your portfolio should contain a mixture of stocks and bonds. This is sound advice. But do you understand the critical characteristics of bonds? This comprehensive guide provides a wealth of information about investing in bonds and bond funds.
Before You Invest
If a salesperson is trying to sell you an investment, check them out by following these steps.
Old Stock and Bond Certificates (SEC)
An old stock or bond certificate may still be valuable even if it no longer trades under the name printed on the certificate.
Lost or Stolen Stock Certificates (SEC)
Brokerage firms, banks, transfer agents, and corporations have procedures in place to help investors replace lost or stolen certificates.
Stock Certificates, Proving Ownership (SEC)
If you are trying to establish whether you or a family member own securities or not, here are some steps you can take.
CDs: Tips for Investors (SEC)
Before you consider purchasing a CD from your bank or brokerage firm, make sure you fully understand all of its terms. Carefully read the disclosure statements, including any fine print. And don't be dazzled by high yields. Ask questions—and demand answers—before you invest. These tips can help you assess what features make sense for you.
REITS are entities that invest in different kinds of real estate or real estate related assets. Learn more.
Reverse mortgages allow older homeowners to convert part of the equity in their homes into cash. Learn more.
Oil and Gas Investments
Oil and gas investments are limited partnerships and other ventures that invest in exploration, drilling and distribution of oil and gas. Read this alert from the SEC for more information.
Off-exchange Foreign Currency (FOREX)
Off-exchange Foreign Currency (FOREX) involves trading in non-U.S. currencies. Take the National Futures Association's e-learning program for retail forex trading.