Fighting again in the Middle East, oil prices and Wall Street volatile and apparently you need life insurance to fly certain airlines: In what seem scary times to invest, how do you cut through the clutter of panicky, short-term and just plain bad money strategies?
Everyone wants a strategy that builds confidence about investing – especially when everyone seems to be holding their breath. My answer: income investing, a way to generate consistent cash flow from your liquid investments.
Submitted by Lewis J. Walker on Fri, 08/29/2014 - 9:00am
Periodic dips in the stock market grab investors’ attention and fuel anxiety. Here’s why long-term investors should not worry, and instead see opportunity. Market downturns are times to buy good bargain stocks.
Think back to early March 2009, the low point after the crash. America was on sale. If you bought stocks then, when they were cheap, you more than doubled your money as of now.
Submitted by Tim Long on Thu, 08/28/2014 - 12:00pm
To reach your financial goals, you don’t have to outperform every benchmark every year. For long-term investors, avoiding and mitigating losses is a key factor in achieving ultimate success in your portfolio.
Submitted by Larry Elkin on Thu, 08/28/2014 - 9:00am
In a bubble, investors believe assets’ value can move in only one direction. They’re usually right – just not about which direction. Long-running gains in U.S. stocks, despite sharp daily dips over this summer, inspire some market watchers to use the B-word again.
Submitted by Brenda P. Wenning on Wed, 08/27/2014 - 9:00am
The economy has had a rollicking time this year, going from negative in the winter to positive in the spring. Why? Corporate monkeying with inventory levels is a big reason. But the large impact of this manipulation does not inspire confidence in the strength of the recovery.
Surprises abound lately. After more than five years of mediocre economic growth and a first quarter of “negative growth,” the economy grew at a rate of 4% in 2014’s second quarter.
Submitted by Alan Hartley on Mon, 08/25/2014 - 9:00am
Given current trends, with an eye toward historical patterns, the economy likely will keep growing into 2016 – and the stock market with it. After that, look for much less robust results. Why? For one thing, the tailwinds of loose monetary policy will no longer be at our back.
Submitted by Eve Kaplan on Fri, 08/22/2014 - 12:00pm
If you’re a single woman, your financial planning needs exceed those of the average couple or single man. Why? You will live longer than the average man but typically with less money (aka longevity risk). What can you do to protect yourself?
Women on average are more receptive to professional financial advice than are men – a positive, since professional guidance from an objective planner can brighten financial prospects immeasurably.
Submitted by Jim Blankenship on Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:00pm
The 401(k) retirement plan, which your employer sponsors, is now ubiquitous in U.S. workplaces, with 51 million people signed up. But too few investors understand these vehicles. Here is an owners’ manual, vital for your financial well-being.