Risk vs. Volatility

As an investor, you often hear news stations talking about "risk" and "volatility" when referring to the markets. In casual conversation, these terms may be used interchangeably, leading some investors to believe that they are the same thing. However, even though there is a correlation between risk and volatility, they are very different concepts, and investors should[...] Continue reading
15 September, 2021

Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) vs. Mutual Funds

When considering investment strategies, exchange-traded funds and mutual funds are almost always included in the conversation. However, for investors, the distinction between these two investments can be blurry. Although they are similar, several key differences can contribute to both the performance of the investment and their suitability to an investor. Similarities[...] Continue reading
7 September, 2021

What Is Diversification?

Diversification is a very important factor that is used to lower the risk inherent in a portfolio. There are many different types of diversification that can be utilized. Each method can be used by itself or alongside the other methods to limit risk and volatility and create more predictable returns. Diversification is a tradeoff. In exchange for steadier returns and a[...] Continue reading
1 September, 2021

Broker-Dealer vs. Registered Investment Advisor (RIA)

What Is a Broker-Dealer? A broker-dealer (BD) is a firm that buys and sells securities for its own account on behalf of customers. BDs act on behalf of customers in their brokerage capacity by buying and selling securities for them. They act as a dealer when buying securities for their own account. BDs provide market liquidity by ensuring a buyer for every seller and a[...] Continue reading
30 August, 2021

Active vs. Passive Management

When choosing how to invest their assets, investors can choose one of two main strategies: active management or passive management. These strategies are very different and may result in vastly different investment performances. Understanding the difference can be crucial to picking the right strategy based on your circumstances, needs, and risk tolerance. What Is Active[...] Continue reading
27 August, 2021

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