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Just stand there

  Market analysts and commentators in the United States have become increasingly anxious in recent weeks about trade wars, mainly with China. The Dow Jones dropped below 25,000 on Friday, falling 1.4% on the day, amid concerns over President Trump’s  threat to impose escalating tariffs on Mexico. The selloff capped the Dow’s sixth straight losing week, the...

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A radical way of staying the course

  By RICK FERRI   What are you doing in this market environment? I’ve been asked this question thousands of times, in all market environments. It’s a difficult question because it’s natural to want to do something useful today in preparation for what is...

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The outperformance of low volatility

  By HAMISH PRESTON from S&P Dow Jones Indices   Many financial theories are based on the idea that riskier investments should offer higher returns.  However, there is a bank of evidence – accumulated since the 1970s – showing that less volatile stocks posted higher...

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Back to Basics (5/5): Maintaining Discipline

  Our five-part explanation of the basics of investing is almost complete. But there’s one final, and very important, issue to explore — you.   The Background Once you have built a diversified portfolio around your goals, risk appetite and circumstances, the most...

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Back to Basics (4/5): Choosing a Strategy

  So we’ve looked at how to grow your wealth and how to protect it. The next question to ask is, How do you choose an investment strategy?   The Background People new to investing will often ask what the perfect portfolio should...

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Copy Back to Basics (3/5): Protecting Your Wealth

  Last time we looked at how to grow your wealth. This time we’re asking how you can protect it. And how can you smooth the ride along your investment journey?   The Background Investing is not just about growing wealth or making...

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Back to Basics (2/5): Growing your Wealth

  Last time we looked at the importance of basing your investment strategy on solid academic evidence. Our five-part summary of the basics of evidence-based investing continues with a look at how to grow your wealth. The key question to ask here is,...

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