Investors often find it more natural to be pessimistic. After all, with one's hard-earned savings on the line, it's hard not to focus on what can go wrong. This is made worse by the vast number of negative events and attention-grabbing headlines every day. Here are a few reasons for optimism.
As the stock market continues its steep climb after last year's bear market crash, some investors worry about the possibility of a bubble. The S&P 500 has risen substantially from the lows of March 2020, even as the pandemic rages on. Many businesses continue to feel the pinch, and there are concerns over inflation. Should investors be concerned?
The U.S. is beginning to roll out the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine this week just days after it was approved by the FDA. Investors should maintain realistic expectations and stay disciplined in the short term for these 3 reasons.
As we approach the end of 2020, the stock market is hovering near record highs. From learning to manage COVID-19 to the presidential election, big events rattled markets but also showed the importance of patient perseverance. It's important for investors to hold onto these lessons by focusing on key trends rather than daily market swings.
As COVID-19 cases rise, new restrictions are being considered. This has been a heated political issue as the balance between economic activity, personal liberties and control of the coronavirus is debated. How should investors react?
Despite short-term uncertainty around the presidential election and recent stock market turbulence, there are clear signs that the economy continues to recover. Here is some timely perspective on the bigger picture.
With the Election just around the corner, it's important to remember what affects markets in the long run. While our votes should reflect our personal beliefs and preferences, here's why it's best for our portfolios to stay out of politics.
As the economy continues to recover from the pandemic, it's likely that corporate profits will follow suit. Some recent headlines suggest a two year earnings recession. Is this to be expected and how would it affect investors?
The stock market's strong performance since March has not been shared by all parts of the market. Some sectors have fared better than those directly impacted by the pandemic and social distancing. It's understandable that this may feel "fragile", "unsustainable" or even "artificial" to some investors. How should investors respond?
After what has been a challenging year, many investors are worried about how markets may react in the fourth quarter. Grab a cup of coffee and read on for our Q4 2020 Outlook and 5 insights to help put the uncertainty in perspective.
After a historic six-month rally, the stock market has fallen from its all-time high at the beginning of September. Should investors be concerned about a market correction as uncertainty remains?
The stock market has hit a rough patch with high-flying tech stocks facing pressure. This is the first period of volatility after the bear market crash earlier this year. After such a swift recovery for the stock market, it's natural for investors to wonder whether this is the beginning of a more severe correction and perhaps a repeat of the late 1990s/early 2000s dot-com crash.
How do presidential elections affect the stock market? Should investors fear either party winning the White House? Is it best to sit on the sidelines until the dust settles? Check out this blog post for answers to these questions and more.
With the markets now calm, it's more important than ever for investors to reflect on the last several months. Here are 3 important lessons from this period that can serve investors throughout their financial journey.
After only six months, the stock market has surpassed where it started the year and is near a new record high. This is further evidence that staying disciplined and invested are more likely to achieve their financial goals.
The loss of jobs is the main challenge of any economic downturn and the current recession is no exception. Rather than react to daily coronavirus headlines, investors should continue to stay disciplined. Here are the facts.
As August begins, the economic recovery is sending mixed signals. Last week's GDP data for the second quarter showed that the economy suffered its worst decline in history over those three months. What does this mean for Investors?
Once again, the stock market is back to where it started the year. This week, the S&P 500 notched flat year-to-date performance and rose to just less than 5% below its all-time high in February. However, the strong performance of the overall market hides differences between investment styles and sectors. What's driving the performance?
The U.S. stock market has almost fully recovered from its bear market decline. Since the bottom on March 23, the S&P 500 and NASDAQ have risen 43% while the Dow has jumped 46%. The S&P 500 is now only down about 1% year-to-date and is about 5% below its February high. Although it's important to not overly focus on any short-term period, recent market performance has much to say about the continuing recovery and long-term investing outcomes.
What's happening in the Market? In short, today's (06/05/2020) jobs report was a positive surprise and is evidence that the economy is slowly but surely recovering as COVID-19 cases fall and businesses reopen. We are not out of the woods yet, and there will be more bad economic data to come, but a clear light at the end of the tunnel can help investors stay on track and help to justify recent market performance. For my fellow nerds, read on. Here's the data:
The US markets have been setting records recently and are sitting near all time highs at the time of this post. Are you excited or concerned? Either way, if you’re led by your emotions when investing, you will more than likely fail.