Learn the essentials of building an investment portfolio: how to set goals, gauge your risk, set your asset allocation, and choose investments.

There is more to a great portfolio than picking good investments. Here are five steps to designing a portfolio for your goals.

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How much do you need to retire? Determining Retirement Needs provides the guidelines you need to answer this question. From retirement expenses to the effects of inflation, this tutorial can help you plan for the future. It includes sections on Social Security, pensions, and annuities to help you decide how much you can count on these sources of income in your retirement.

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If you want big returns, you must tolerate more risk. But how much risk can you take? To get started on it, read this short course.

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It is good planning to set aside funds for unforeseen occurrences. Let's learn about building an emergency fund in this tutorial.

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Finding the best asset mix is crucial to meeting your goals. But before you begin selecting investments, do some background work.

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A core holding is just what it sounds like: the central part of your portfolio. The core requires investments that will be reliable.

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Building a simple portfolio can be pretty simple, as this course shows. Many investors do well by going the simple route.

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Writing an investment policy statement is a must for creating a blueprint and monitoring your investments. Here's what's involved.

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How many investments are enough? Or too much? There is no right answer for everyone, but this short course will help you find an answer.

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Overlap can drag a portfolio down. Plus, one investment might do the job just as well. Here are some suggestions for avoiding overlap.

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