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Kiplinger's Personal Finance
James K. Glassman is a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. His most recent book is Safety Net: The Strategy for De-Risking Your Investments in a Time of Turbulence.
When markets are choppy, bonds add ballast to your portfolio, offering stability no matter what interest rates do.
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Emerging-markets stocks have been beaten up so badly that they are a good value now.
The S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats index has returned an annualized 18.3% over the past 10 years, compared with 17.1% for the S&P 500.
Index funds benefit investors in other ways besides low fees. Trading expenses and tax consequences are minimal.
When times are tough, people are still willing to spend a buck to be amused.
If nothing serious has gone
wrong with the company,
consider a stock decline
a buying opportunity.
Making money in stocks amid an uncertain market (see our 2019 outlook) will require careful choices. It will be difficult to top the revenue and earnings growth rates in 2019, for instance, and economic ...
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I am making a contrarian pick:
the New York Times. The industry
is said to be dead. But the
Times is figuring out how to make money.
Owning gold or oil — or both — can even out the volatility of a stock-heavy portfolio.
Rogers, a deep believer in the power of value stocks, says “It’s fun to be different,” he says. It’s been profitable, too.
Looking at today’s booming economy, the question is not whether it is good but whether you think it is going to get better.
Small-cap stocks tend to move in cycles, and we look to be on the rising side of one.
Recommending homebuilders’ stocks isn’t the contrarian call it used to be. Now the concern is that they might be overvalued. But I think they still have room to run.
Energy stocks that have performed poorly in recent years have now started to perk up. Buy some, but don’t go nuts.
If tariffs soar, the economy will take a hit. But firms that don't rely as much on global trade will be harmed less than those that do.
Investors are just
realizing that you don’t
earn an average of
10% annually without
taking some risk and
suffering some pain.
Investments in crops, metals, energy, currencies and other tangible things tend to go up when stocks and bonds go down.