What is Your Risk Appetite?

Quicken.com

Only one thing always happens in the financial markets: Values fluctuate. Before investing in any market, at any price, in any climate, prudent investors think about how much fluctuation they can handle. In other words, how much can your portfolio go down before you start to lose sleep? We all have our trigger points. After… Read More


Understanding France’s Credit Rating Downgrade

Geoff Considine

Standard and Poor’s downgraded France’s credit rating last week from AAA to AA+.  While this downgrade has gotten a lot of press coverage, there are a number of topics surrounding the downgrade that are worth noting. First, France now has the same credit rating from S&P as the United States.  As you’ll remember, S&P downgraded… Read More


3 Stock Picking Strategies for 2012

Kip Robbins

Having worked in the equity markets for awhile now with a primary focus on finding profitable stock-picking strategies, I sometimes feel like the keeper of great stock picking ideas. That being said, as the New Year is upon us, I’m in a giving mood and would like to gift you three great ways to pick… Read More


Is Your Brain a Barrier to Smart Investing?

Daniel Solin

The evidence showing that most individual investors significantly underperform the market is compelling. A study done by Dalbar, a leading financial services market research firm, found that, during the 20 years from 1991 through 2010, the average stock fund investor earned returns of only 3.83% per year, while the S&P 500 returned 9.14%. The ramifications… Read More