Submitted by Josh Patrick on Fri, 03/07/2014 - 3:00pm
We all love to watch our investments when we’re winning in the market and making money. The problem comes when we lose. The temptation to make rash decisions, whether in buying or selling investments, is the real enemy of investors.
Our behavior when we fall short of expected returns causes us real problems. Why does it seem losses count twice as much to us as gains?
Submitted by Sue Stevens on Fri, 03/07/2014 - 9:00am
Overall, it’s starting to feel like a real recovery with staying power, according to a trio of academics worth listening to. Despite this winter’s market pullback – one in a series of investor qualms since the market began its rebound from the 2008 debacle – muted optimism once again prevails. Should we believe these forecasts? Yes.
Submitted by Joseph A. Clark on Wed, 03/05/2014 - 9:00am
The emerging markets are destined to eclipse the U.S. and other economically mature nations, right? Not necessarily. Too often, debt feeds their growth. This is not the best nutrient because it imposes a burden. But Corporate America is sitting on a mountain of cash that it can deploy, so U.S. companies appear to be a better investment bet.
Submitted by Adam D. Koos on Tue, 03/04/2014 - 9:00am
This winter’s stock downturn sent a lot of investors scurrying out of equities and back to bonds. Going forward, whenever the stock market dips, realize that bonds’ sunny days are gone. Even modest inflation will eat them away over time. So don’t go there.
Submitted by Joseph A. Clark on Mon, 03/03/2014 - 9:00am
Germany is just too darn successful. That’s the complaint from Washington and other European nations about the large German trade surplus, which they think the Federal Republic should tap to increase domestic demand and thus help its economically limping neighbors. How foolish.
Submitted by Alan Hartley on Wed, 02/26/2014 - 9:00am
To hear forecasters tell it, last year would not be noteworthy. They were way off. Does the stumbling start to 2014 portend a poor year ahead? Given the economy’s recovery and the Federal Reserve’s support, not necessarily. There’s a good argument that a modest year may be in store.
Submitted by Eve Kaplan on Mon, 02/24/2014 - 3:00pm
TV drama Downton Abbey has moved into the 1920s. We all know what is coming: the 1929 stock market crash and the Great Depression. Today, does an impending economic calamity await, ready to trash our assets?
Submitted by Sterling Raskie on Mon, 02/24/2014 - 9:00am
The stock market had a wonderful 2013 and started off this year going in the opposite direction. That reversal alone is a sobering warning about how chasing hot investments is a very bad idea. Peering inside the psychology of markets shows why.
As 2013 ended, stories abounded of smart gambles – er, investments – that paid off royally. One firm that bet heavily on Japanese stocks performed very well, another investor bet against gold and achieved glamorous returns and a hedge fund that bet on U.S. stocks looked like a god among mortals.