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Volatility: 6 Key Reminders

Submitted by Dan Crimmins on Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 12:00pm

Market volatility is back. Just as you started to hope that stock values only ever move in one direction (up), the pendulum swung the other way. Your probable response: anxiety. Acting on that emotion, though, can do you and your portfolio more harm than good.

4 Ways to Handle Risk

Submitted by Joseph A. Clark on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 3:00pm

Bad driving conditions often produce wrecks, but not every car on the road crashes in a snowstorm. With the exception of chronic worriers, most of us don’t ponder terrible events that could potentially happen. Such forethought, though, is precisely what risk management for your money involves – unexciting, yet vital for investing success.

Getting Kids to Invest Early

Submitted by Trent E. May on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 12:00pm

We pass many lessons on to our kids, from teaching them how to ride a bike to helping them deal with pressures at school. Yet we rarely discuss one of the best bits of lifelong wisdom: the importance of investing early and often.

Bull Market: More to Run

Submitted by Nicholas Atkeson and Andrew Houghton on Monday, March 2, 2015 - 9:00am

For the past three months, the Standard & Poor’s 500 has churned sideways. Is that a bad portent? Not at all. The outlook is for higher prices, if you look at three indicators: the relationship between inflation and market value (known as the Rule of 20), the S&P 500’s earnings/price yield and energetic merger activity.

Freedom Investing Success

Submitted by David John Marotta and Megan Russell on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 3:00pm

The link between economic freedom and prosperity is a well-documented reality. This means that, when diversifying your portfolio with foreign holdings, you should look to the world’s freest economies.

Using the Dollar Index

Submitted by David John Marotta on Monday, March 2, 2015 - 12:00pm

You’ve probably heard in the news that the dollar is stronger. But how much? A handy index tells you. If your business is involved in imports or exports, or if you invest in foreign securities or international mutual funds, it pays to know how to work with this index.

Why Long-Term Is Hard

Submitted by Jason Lina on Monday, February 23, 2015 - 9:00am

Market turbulence, as the January downturn shows, tempts impatient investors to do foolish things. Trouble is, too many of us are hard-wired to opt for instant gratification and forsake long-term strategies – as the famous marshmallow experiment shows.

Focus on Just the S&P 500?

Submitted by Gary Brooks on Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 9:00am

A conventional piece of investing advice is to put most of your money into broad market index funds, like the one tracking the Standard & Poor’s 500. But few people invest solely in the S&P 500 or solely in U.S. stocks.