A few weeks ago, I reviewed preliminary reports on first-quarter growth in the U.S. economy. The news was grim: annualized shrinkage of 0.7%. “The economy has now contracted in three separate quarters since the recession ended in mid-2009,” The Wall … Read more
I have to admit, I can’t live without my smart phone. The ability to be constantly connected to my friends, take care of e-mails in between other tasks, or check the news from anywhere is an incredible convenience. It’s also … Read more
I’ve been investing in stocks through mutual funds for more than 30 years. I’ve known all along that periodic swoons come with the territory. I’ve experienced the October 1987 crash, the 2000–2002 bursting of the tech-stock bubble, and the kerflop … Read more
I read the headlines, same as you. Investors are panicking. During the drive in to work today, I listened to a radio business show. A correspondent talked about the flood of selling and the deep sense of fear in financial … Read more
Investors have every right to feel anxious about the markets.
First, we had the endless drama and squabbling over the federal debt ceiling. An agreement was reached, but before we could take a collective sigh of relief, the equity markets … Read more
This morning I saw on a website that the spot price of gold had soared to $1,600 an ounce, up over 30% in the past year. What can we as investors say conclusively say about gold? Two things, I think: … Read more
There’s been a lot of back and forth about the differences between the posted performance of a mutual fund or exchange-traded fund (ETF) and the returns actually realized by investors taking into account cash flow.
Reading the discussion around this, … Read more