individual investors

Are Individual Investors Destined to Fail?

It's axiomatic among financial-service professionals that most do-it-yourself investors are their own worst enemies, always in the grip of some cognitive bias. But might the professionals be too pessimistic?

How Your Portfolio Can Profit From Higher Oil Prices

Skyrocketing oil prices don't have to bring only pain. Investors can also find some relief with investments that can benefit from oil's recent -- and likely future -- increases. Here are some ETFs and mutual funds worth considering, based on performance, risk and cost.

10 Investing Facts You Probably Don't Know

The securities industry spends hundreds of millions of dollars a year in advertising, but that doesn't mean you're getting the straight scoop. The financial media doesn't always help, either. So, as you contemplate investing for 2011, here are 10 facts to keep in mind.

Why Individual Stock-Picking Is Harder Than Ever

Whether investors can outwit the broader market over the long run is a perennial, hotly debated, topic. But computerized trading and virtual baskets of stocks are making the discerning of specific companies' fortunes matter less and less.

An Investor's Best Approach to the Bull vs. Bear Battle

Big money managers can change their strategy at any time. But for individuals investors -- who are betting their own money -- the decision to be bearish or bullish is much tougher. Here's the key question: What lets you sleep at night?