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How to Take Advantage of the Turmoil in a Down Market

You can’t control what happens in the markets, but you can turn market turbulence into opportunities. Consider actions like these during market declines: [more…]

Stick to Investment Basics in a Down Market

Market turmoil causes investors to question their own judgment and seek different approaches, but the only thing investors really need to do is follow some fundamental principles. Consider the following [more…]

The Benefits of Mutual Fund Investment in an Uncertain Economy

People invest in mutual funds for four fundamental reasons: professional management, diversification, convenience, and marketability. The following sections outline these benefits, which make mutual funds [more…]

Short-Selling in an Uncertain Economy

Short selling involves selling a stock you don’t actually own in order to profit from a decline in price. So when you short a stock, you want the value to drop. [more…]

Value versus Growth Stocks in an Uncertain Economy

Value stocks and growth stocks react differently in an uncertain economy, and so it’s important to know the difference between them. Here’s how value and growth investors look at the value of stocks: [more…]

Buying Treasury Securities in an Uncertain Economy

In a down economy, Treasury securities offer a safe place to put your money. Most of Uncle Sam’s debt is made up of marketable (tradable) securities: Treasury bills, Treasury notes, Treasury bonds, and [more…]

How to Manage Risks to Your Portfolio in an Uncertain Economy

In addition to volatility of individual securities, you also face risks related to your life span, market changes, and more. The following table explains how to minimize risks. [more…]

How to Protect Yourself from Real Estate Bubbles and Crashes

Bubbles aren’t limited to just the stock market. The housing bubble started in 2001 as speculators fled the stock market and set their sights on real estate, sending home values up. When housing prices [more…]

How to Avoid Market Volatility in an Uncertain Economy

Volatility is a measure of how much a security rises or falls within a short period of time. Low volatility is best because the greater the volatility, the more difficult it is to achieve your goals. [more…]

How to Keep Cool in a Down Market

Seeing the value of your investments go down can often be emotional, but it’s important that you don’t panic, and stay calm and cool. The markets have produced consistent increases in value over very long [more…]

The Dangers of Short-Selling in an Uncertain Economy

Before you start short selling your way to untold fortunes, you should know that short selling is a speculative strategy with significant risks and may not be appropriate for most investors. [more…]

How to Increase Returns While Decreasing Risk in an Uncertain Economy

In an uncertain market, the key to managing risk is diversification. By combining different types of investments, you can get the major benefit of diversification: a relatively high rate of growth, with [more…]

Savvy Strategies in a Down Market

Beyond the basics, a smart investor can employ a variety of strategies to cope with adverse market conditions. Give some of these strategies a try: [more…]

How to Prepare Yourself for Stock Market Bubbles and Crashes

Stock market bubbles and crashes are a fact of life for investors. One of the most famous bubbles of the last century occurred in the so-called Roaring Twenties, which came to a startling end with the [more…]

How to Find the Right Balance and Avoid Manias

Should you invest in growth funds or value funds in uncertain times? Fortunately, you don’t have to choose one over the other. Managing your portfolio can be a matter of shifting the emphasis as you participate [more…]

The Dangers of Value Manias

Value stocks aren’t immune to manias. The value sector contains a large percentage of bank and financial services stocks. The inflation of the 1970s generated a lot of real estate lending by banks and [more…]

How to Read Candlesticks for Investment Price Charting

In technical analysis for investment trading, candlestick charting displays the price bar in a graphically different way from standard bars. Candlesticks do many other things, as well, such as [more…]

Traditional Investments: Stocks and Bonds

As an investor, you have a variety of options to choose from, including stocks and bonds. The investment you select depends on your financial goals, your investment preferences, and your tolerance for [more…]

Traditional Investments: Mutual Funds, Exchange-Traded Funds, and Annuities

In addition to stocks and bonds, you can choose from a range of traditional investment vehicles, including mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), and annuities. Which you choose depends on your financial [more…]

High-End Investments: Futures, Options, and Commodities

If you want to try your hand at high-end investment, you might think about futures, options, and commodities. In some ways, higher-end investments aren’t much different than traditional investments: You [more…]

High-End Investments: Foreign Currency Trading and Hedge Funds

You can put your money in high-end investment vehicles, such as foreign currency trading (or forex) and hedge funds. High-end investing involves not so much investing [more…]

Stock Investing for Your Personal Style

Your investing style isn’t a blue-jeans-versus-three-piece-suit debate. It refers to your approach to stock investing. Do you want to be conservative or aggressive? Would you rather be the tortoise or [more…]

Why Annual Reports Are Important to You

An annual report can give you a lot of important information about a company. When you’re a regular stockholder, the company sends you its annual report. If you’re not already a stockholder, contact the [more…]

What Are Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities All About?

Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS) receive both interest and a twice-yearly increase in principal for inflation. As with interest on other Treasury securities, interest on TIPS is free from [more…]

Are Corporate Bonds Worth the Investment?

Corporate bonds may not be worth the investment, especially when compared to Treasury bonds. Here’s what you need to worry about when investing in corporate bonds: [more…]

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