Submitted by Lewis J. Walker on Tue, 09/10/2013 - 3:00pm
Will a U.S. attack on Syria, a question now before Congress, seriously harm the markets? What if the current proposal in the United Nations – that the U.N. takes over Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile – fails? The history of previous American military strikes suggests that any market decline will be temporary.
Submitted by Michael Garry on Tue, 09/10/2013 - 9:00am
Headlines label every fall in the stock market a plunge. Interviewed analysts call every bad day – or short string of bad days – an omen of a recurrent 2008 or even 1929. No wonder investors shoot up from the finance pages on their laptops and make twitchy decisions with portfolios.
August looked like a down month for both stocks and bonds. We haven’t had many such months lately, but don’t fret. Historically, they’re common.
Submitted by Michael Garry on Thu, 09/05/2013 - 9:00am
Braving the market – any segment of the market – requires braving ups and downs. Real security remains an illusion. Most smart investors realize that.
I recently read something distressing in Jason Zweig’s Wall St. Journal column, however. In “Here Comes the Next Hot Emerging Market: the U.S.,” Zweig writes that according to Morningstar, investors have pulled $22 billion from U.S. stock funds and added $339 billion to bond funds in the last year.
Submitted by Sterling Raskie on Thu, 08/29/2013 - 9:00am
Nothing wrong with all your eggs, or holdings, in one basket. Unless, of course, the basket breaks. Remember Enron?
More than a decade ago, the infamous one-time energy powerhouse saw its empire crumble and the retirement savings of many of its employees evaporate. Why? Many of Enron’s employees had their 401(k) savings in Enron stock, a classic, tragic example of eggs in one basket and zero diversification.
Submitted by Yale Bock on Tue, 08/27/2013 - 9:00am
Don’t let summertime’s market gyrations fool you. They tell you little about future trends.
Summer swoons hit stocks in 2010, 2011, 2012 and now 2013. Then each time, the market resumed climbing. Certainly, there is no guarantee that a strong rally is just around the bend at the end of this summer.
Submitted by Sterling Raskie on Fri, 08/23/2013 - 9:00am
Investors hear their fill about the wisdom of diversification and managing risk by spreading money across many different performers in the stock market. Advisors and investors, however, frequently fall short of thorough, profitable diversification, so both welcome a clear text on this subject.
Submitted by Manisha Thakor on Thu, 08/22/2013 - 9:00am
As a female financial advisor, I commonly hear that investing feels overwhelming. While no one can ever guarantee investment success, these basic guidelines can help you make wise financial choices to support a life you love.
My personal finance mantra is, “Simply your finances, simplify your life.” These four simple steps can help you create an investment plan for your unique circumstances.
Submitted by Joseph A. Clark on Fri, 08/16/2013 - 9:00am
Thanks to the proliferation of 24-hour news and the Internet, investors have too much material information at their fingertips to help them make better decisions. How do you decide what you actually need to pay attention to? Chances are that a lot of the headlines and daily market gyrations are irrelevant.
Submitted by Jim Ludwick on Tue, 08/13/2013 - 9:00am
Much of our financial future hinges on the stock market, yet most people can’t tell a put option from a call. On a recent day the Dow Jones rose .01%. Two days later it rose .02%, rebounding from a drop one day the week before of .03%. Why does the stock market go up and down every business day?