Category: Investment

The Difficulty With Investing in Commodities

In addition to investing in stocks and bonds, there are also ways you can invest in commodities. These are raw materials that are either consumed directly or more commonly used by manufacturers to create other products. Examples include metals such as gold, silver, aluminum, and copper; energy raw materials such as oil and natural gas;…
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What Investment Mistake Did 30% of Seniors Make This Year?

According to data from Fidelity Investments, over 30% of investors aged 65 and above sold all their equity holdings this year. By comparison, less than 20% of all investors made the same mistake. Although the data doesn’t pinpoint exactly when most of the transactions occurred, it’s likely it was sometime when the market was at…
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Why Is The Stock Market So Disconnected From The Economy?

Does it seem to you that the stock market is totally disconnected from the reality of the economy? Business news has been as bad as it gets. The number of unemployed workers has reached record-setting levels while GDP has declined to levels not seen since the 1930s. Federal debt has increased by over $3 trillion.…
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Why Volatility Makes Investing So Difficult

Whenever stock prices take a hit, volatility generally increases. By that I mean daily price swings become more extreme – both in size as well as in speed – as compared to longer-term averages. That’s the situation in which we found ourselves after COVID-19 decimated world economies. When was the last time you saw the…
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One Action You Can Take During a Market Downturn

During times of stress we naturally feel the urge to do something, if only to create the illusion that we have some degree of control over the situation. But after a market meltdown advisors will tell you (correctly) that selling stocks now would achieve nothing except to lock-in losses. So doing nothing, especially if you…
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Stock Market Terms You Haven’t Heard Before

As I write this the S&P 500 had ended the day’s trading with a 12% decline. That’s the second greatest one-day loss in its history, and we are sure to hear all about it in the media. We will also be told that the S&P 500 is in “bear market” territory, the term used to…
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