Tune Up Your Stock Portfolio for 2022

The outperformance of stocks in 2021 might leave you a bit more exposed than you should be. The end of the year is a great time to rebalance.

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Thanks to a bull market in stocks that has stretched deep into its second year, stocks have trounced bonds since March 2020, when the relentless climb began. As of early October, the S&P 500 index has more than doubled, compared with a 4.2% return for U.S. bonds, as measured by the Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Bond index. But there’s a potential downside to the big rally: Many investors might be holding a bigger stake in stocks than their risk tolerance calls for. And that could make portfolios more vulnerable to a stock market downdraft.

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Anne Kates Smith
Executive Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Anne Kates Smith brings Wall Street to Main Street, with decades of experience covering investments and personal finance for real people trying to navigate fast-changing markets, preserve financial security or plan for the future. She oversees the magazine's investing coverage,  authors Kiplinger’s biannual stock-market outlooks and writes the "Your Mind and Your Money" column, a take on behavioral finance and how investors can get out of their own way. Smith began her journalism career as a writer and columnist for USA Today. Prior to joining Kiplinger, she was a senior editor at U.S. News & World Report and a contributing columnist for TheStreet. Smith is a graduate of St. John's College in Annapolis, Md., the third-oldest college in America.