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What Now?

What Now?

By | 2020, Bond Markets, coronavirus, Equity Markets, Financial Planning, Fixed Income Markets, Interest Rates, Investing Lessons, Investment Returns, Investor Panic, Market Corrections, Market Volatility, Patience, Retiree, Retirement, Retirement Income, Retirement Planning, Retirement Savings, Returns, Risk, Stock Markets, Tax | No Comments

2020 began with the promise of continued strong economic and financial performance and a hint of uncertainty surrounding the November Presidential election.  The nation’s unemployment rate was near sixty-year lows, and labor force participation rates were near sixty-year highs.  The longest bull market in U.S. history was still running, despite concerns by some investors and analysts that it was getting…

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The coronavirus has roiled equity markets in 2020.

Market Volatility and the Coronavirus

By | coronavirus, Equity Markets, Expected Return, Market Volatility, Risk, Stock Markets | No Comments

For many investors, the greatest impediment to financial success is their failure to control two powerful emotions:  fear and greed.  Fear and greed can distort investors’ perceptions of current economic conditions and financial markets, while diverting their attention from longer term financial goals.   Of the two emotions, fear is probably the more difficult to control for most investors and can…

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How will investors face in 2019?

Looking Ahead to 2019

By | Bond Markets, Equity Markets, Fixed Income Markets, Investing Lessons, Investment Returns, Market Corrections, Market Volatility, News and Events, Patience, Real Returns, Returns, Speculation, Stock Markets | No Comments

After the worst year for equity markets in a decade, some investors may be asking themselves “what now?”  It is not unusual for investors to question their investment decisions and investment allocations after a year where very little seemed to go right for equity markets.  After a trying year in 2018, what does the new year hold for investors, and…

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Market Volatility Can Test the Resolve of Investors Who React Emotionally

Some Perspective on Market Volatility

By | Investing Lessons, Investment Returns, Market Corrections, Returns, Stock Markets, Uncategorized | No Comments

Before the brief ten percent market correction that began on January 26th and ended on February 8th, domestic equity (stock) markets enjoyed the longest period of market calm in history.  Prior to the recent period of volatility, the S&P 500 had not retreated by 3% over one day or several days since November 4, 2016.  The streak shattered the previous…

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Over one, five and ten year periods over 80% of actively-managed funds under-perform their benchmarks.

Active Managers Trounced Again in First Quarter of 2016

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Volatile markets are generally viewed as a prime opportunity for active managers to shine and demonstrate their stock-picking and market-timing skills and prowess.  Equity markets don’t get much more volatile than they were in the first quarter of 2016, but the investment results for active managers were disappointing. How volatile did equity markets get?  Well, consider that the S&P 500…

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March Madness wasn't just about the basketball games.

March Madness!

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One of the greatest spectacles in American sports is the NCAA basketball tournament that commences in March and crowns a champion in early April.  The tournament has grown greatly in popularity over the last two decades leading to a huge increase in participation in office betting pools and online bracket contests, even among the most casual fans.  The loss of…

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