Although the stock market hasn’t advanced much this year and is ebbing lately, it still has hit new highs. Considering that economic news is up and down, why is that? Let’s take a simple quiz and answer the following multiple-choice question.
Fortunes change for mutual funds, even the best ones. That’s true for funds that seem to be alike. Subtle differences, however, can spell a noteworthy divergence in performance. A case in point is the contrast between good funds from Dimensional Fund Advisors and Vanguard Investments.
Rising rates and economic weakness is a recipe for market slumps. The likelihood, though, is that the pain will be short-lived, as it has been in the recent past.
The Federal Reserve is done with its stimulus program, which buoyed the U.S. stock market. But elsewhere in the world, central banks are just getting started. And that should have a salutary spillover for American stocks.
Most recent American college grads never had a personal finance class yet will soon know the dizzying, dangerous euphoria of a regular paycheck. You still have time to give a grad a priceless gift: tools, tips and words of money wisdom on investing, debt and building real wealth.
The two biggest asset classes, stocks and bonds, won’t deliver much for investors. So says one of the sharpest financial minds of our time.
Investors worry about Federal Reserve Bank policy and rising interest rates. The question has been “how much, how soon?” Not “if?” Odds are, though, that rates won’t rise very much in the near term.
Wishful thinking now grips the investment world. So many people believe that growth will continue bountifully, which has brought us rising stock markets worldwide. This is a dangerous myth.
What can a rock ’n’ roll classic teach us about investing? Plenty, if the turbulence of rising interest rates hits Wall Street. Here are possible effects on some market sectors and suggestions for your best countermoves, especially in terms of bonds.
Almost any global happening can spur you to sell investment positions or put off investing new dollars. Yet no spooky event affected markets during the last several months. Sounds great – and it is, if you keep a level head in both bad times and good.