Submitted by David John Maro... on Wed, 04/23/2014 - 9:00am
Inflation, at 1.5%, is tame. So why worry? Because the enormous expansion of the U.S. money supply, thanks to Washington’s attempt at economic stimulus, eventually will lead to harmful inflation, which really is a tax on your wealth.
Submitted by Joseph A. Clark on Tue, 04/22/2014 - 9:00am
Stock market volatility can scare investors. Rising markets tend to show little of it, but falling ones display a lot, as people unload their shares. Volatility – which is basically the degree to which stock prices jump around – is now low. But here’s a guarantee: It will shoot up again.
Submitted by Brenda P. Wenning on Thu, 04/17/2014 - 9:00am
Remember when overseas events influenced the U.S. stock market? From 2010 through 2012, the market zigged and zagged in time with the European debt crisis. Now that the Federal Reserve plans to wind down its stimulus program, which has propped up American stocks, get ready for more shocks from aboard.
Submitted by Dan Crimmins on Wed, 04/16/2014 - 3:00pm
What can you and other investors do about Russia, vanished airliners or whatever tomorrow’s headlines bring? How does the Ukraine crisis affect your providing income for you and your family for the rest of your lives? The answer – in this age of rat-ta-tat information about disasters – fixes your whole mindset about investing.
Submitted by Brenda P. Wenning on Wed, 04/16/2014 - 9:00am
To hear the blowback from Wall Street, Michael Lewis’s book slamming high-frequency trading is misguided, naïve and inaccurate. But the Lewis book, Flash Boys, is spot-on. HFT does rig the stock market against small investors.
Submitted by Jeff Stimpson on Tue, 04/15/2014 - 3:00pm
According to author Michael Lewis’ new book, the stock market is “rigged.” The reason: Professional traders armed with super-fast computers get better prices than you. But several smart advisors think his diagnosis is overblown, saying that HFT harms mainly day traders and that Lewis ignores the good that faster connections bring, such as lowering costs and expanding liquidity.
Submitted by Jason Lilly on Fri, 04/11/2014 - 9:00am
Investors often overreact to bad news. When that happens, good companies hit by bad news become that most exquisite thing: a value play. Rule of thumb: When a solid business runs into a temporary mess, it’s likely a buy signal.
Submitted by Lewis J. Walker on Tue, 04/08/2014 - 12:00pm
Many investors have skewed ideas about risk. Even after 2013’s stock market run-up, they fear losing money more than they wish to make more. That could be a mistake. What’s the best way to handle risk?
Investment advisors and financial planners are getting more and more statements of this ilk: “I would like to invest to make more money but I don’t want to take a risk.” Or: “I want an investment more rewarding than a bank account but I want it to be safe.”