In 2017, the U.S. stock market rose steadily, with the S&P 500 recording a rare feat of 12 straight positive monthly returns. By comparison, 2018 has essentially been a splash of cold water in the faces of investors. After strong returns early in the year, the market has see-sawed back and forth, ending the first quarter with a slight loss. It’s important that we view this recent volatility with perspective and understand just how unusual the market environment was in 2017. Arjun Sigamani, a ... [Continue Reading]
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IRA’s (Individual Retirement Accounts) are one of the most common ways to save for retirement. Conceptually, they are familiar to many, but the details related to and surrounding these types of accounts can be confusing. Many investors are also familiar with Roth accounts, which are a type of an IRA. This time of year, January thru April 15, is a critical time to understand IRA parameters since during that time you can address both tax years--2017 and 2018. In this article by Jim Glass of The ... [Continue Reading]
Starting on Friday, February 2, and continuing on the following Monday, global equity markets sustained their largest correction in more than two years. While small in historical context, this correction was a rude awakening for many investors who had grown comfortable with the unusual stability in the stock market throughout 2017. Some investors did more than just grow comfortable, they started betting on this stability to continue, in the form of shorting volatility. These bets, which ... [Continue Reading]
The Dow Jones Industrial Average had its largest decline in history on Monday, February 5--dropping 1,175 points! The headlines practically wrote themselves and were too exciting not to print. This was the largest single day decline in history, as long as we’re measuring in points and not percentages. By that measurement, Monday's drop wasn’t even the biggest decline in this decade. In addition, the 4.6% slide wasn’t significant enough to register within the top 20 daily declines and, of course, ... [Continue Reading]
Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google collectively form the acronym FAANG. You may have heard about this group of stocks in the media recently as they’ve outperformed the market significantly this year. Should you therefore be changing your portfolio allocation to gain more exposure to these companies? That’s the question addressed by Jim Parker, a Vice President at Dimensional, in today’s recommended reading article "Catchphrase Investing." ... [Continue Reading]