If there’s one trait most of us share, it’s a desire to make the world a better place. No wonder there’s so much interest in sustainable investing. Who wouldn’t want to try to earn decent if not stellar returns, while contributing – or at least causing less harm – to the greater good? But what is the greater good? What is a decent return? How do we make it all happen?
For investors, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the relentless stream of news about markets. Being bombarded with data and headlines presented as impactful to your financial well-being can evoke strong emotional responses from even the most experienced investors. While the events of the “lost decade” are now behind us, they can still serve as an important reminder for investors today.
It’s been approximately a decade since the Great Recession began. By year-end 2008, the U.S. Federal Reserve had lowered the target federal funds rate to near-zero hoping to resuscitate the economy. The Fed has now begun to reverse course, restoring its policies and gradually rising rates.As an investor, what can or should you do to prepare if rates do continue to rise? For that matter, what can or should you do if they don’t?
Overall market temperatures have been so mild for so long, many newer investors have yet to weather a perfect market storm. Even if you have, you may have forgotten how panic-inducing those times can be. This worries us. Experience and evidence alike show us how severely bear markets test investor resolve. Here are 10 timely actions you can take when financial markets are tanking … and, frankly, even when they’re not.
After nearly a decade of leaving the federal funds rate at zero percent, the time finally came on December 16, 2015. Since then, the Fed has made several modest increases. But what do these rate changes mean to your financial well-being? Is there anything you should “do” to your investment portfolio when they occur?
For a number of investors, 2017 was a paradox. The harder they tried to enhance their results by paying close attention to current events, the more likely they failed to capture the rate of return the capital markets offered. Keep informed on current events as a responsible citizen but let the capital markets decide where returns will be generated.
Have you caught cryptocurrency fever, or are you at least wondering what it’s all about? Odds are, you hadn’t even heard the term until recently. Now, it seems as if everybody and their cousin are getting in on it. Psychologists have assigned a term to the angst you might be feeling in the heat of the moment. It’s called “FoMO” or Fear of Missing Out. So before you make any leaps, let’s take a closer look.