Why Industry Bubbles Burst and How to Weather the Storm

Why do industry bubbles burst? And how does it affect your investment portfolio?

With housing prices making a strong recovery since the financial crisis of the late 2000s, it’s worth taking a look at what causes investments or industries to zoom to the stars and then crash back to earth. Industry bubbles generally occur because the incentive for profit is so powerful that it blinds us to rational… Read More

What’s the Best Time for Rebalancing Your Portfolio?

Experts recommend rebalancing your investment portfolio, but how often should you?

Maintaining the right mixture of assets in your portfolio is important to your long-term investment success. Because some investments go up in value over time, and others go down, experts recommend periodically rebalancing your portfolio so that you don’t end up owning too much of some securities and not enough of others. But when—and how… Read More

Sector Watch: Spotlight on Healthcare

The Healthcare and Biotechnology Industries present interesting investment opportunities for long-term investors.

How healthy is your portfolio? Diversifying your investments means more than just owning a lot of different securities. It’s a matter of owning securities that don’t all move together when markets fluctuate. So it helps to know what’s going on with the different market sectors. And right now the healthcare sector is one that has… Read More

Dividend Stocks and Younger Investors

Should younger investors consider dividend stocks for their investment portfolio?

Controversy swirls around whether younger investors can benefit from emphasizing dividend-paying stocks in their portfolios—a practice normally associated with retirees. But evidence suggests that no age is too early to start thinking about income investing. Growth companies—one argument goes—may be more enticing to non-retirees because they can boost returns quickly. These companies are typically young,… Read More

How REITs Can Benefit a Diversified Portfolio

REITs could benefit your investment portfolio if the return and risk profile matches your investment goals.

If you own a house, and your home equity represents a hefty portion of your total assets, you may not want or need any more investments in real estate. But if you’re trying flesh out your portfolio with some real estate exposure—without the hassle of becoming a landlord—one way to achieve it is through real… Read More

An Investment Strategy Checkup for the 4th Quarter

Be sure to evaluate your investment strategy at year-end to account for any changes that have happened over the past year.

Don’t look now, but here comes the 4th quarter. The end of the year is a good time to take a look at whether you’re on track with your investment strategy. Don’t wait until the end of December. That could force you to make decisions or take actions too hastily. First, review your financial goals…. Read More

What Pension Plan Phase-Outs Mean for You

With the Pension Plan Becoming Extinct, How Can Investors Save for Retirement?

How’s your pension doing? If you answered, “great,” you probably belong to one of a few specific job sectors—or an upper age bracket. The more common answer these days is something other than “great.” Maybe your employer’s pension plan has been frozen, or has pushed early lump-sum payouts, or never existed in the first place…. Read More

Don’t React To Every Bit of Stock Market News

Reacting to Stock Market Volatility Can Have a Negative Impact on Your Investment Portfolio.

When you’re learning to play football, one of the first things any coach will teach you is to watch the other player’s waist. The reason for that is that it’s easy to get faked out by watching the head—or the feet. Just like it can be easy to get faked out and over-react to the… Read More

Looking Past Near-Term Difficulties in China

China's economy and regulations have had a volatile effect on the U.S. and global stock markets.

China has quickly gone from hero to scapegoat of the global economy, bearing the blame for the sharpest sell-off in stocks in the last three years. The policy actions taken by Chinese leaders over the last several months, highlighted by the decision to devalue its currency, have called into question their ability to manage the… Read More

Understanding Risk and Setting Realistic Expectations

Know the inherent risk in stock ownership before market volatility hits.

Until the recent global equity sell-off, stocks had been on an upward trajectory for some time, with the S&P 500 Index—a broad measure of U.S. stocks—delivering six straight years of gains. An investor who’d bought shares in an S&P 500 Index fund at the last market bottom, on March 9, 2009 would have seen that… Read More