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The lure of record high stock markets

Review your portfolio before jumping in The Dow Jones Industrial Average is reaching all-time record highs. So is the S&P 500 Composite Index – amidst a pandemic and a recession, no less. And smaller investors are jumping on the bandwagon. Should you join the...

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Dealing with market scares

Resist the urge to “do something” Unless you’ve been away on vacation in a secluded place, you’ll know that stock markets sank alarmingly earlier this month as the U.S. Treasury bond yield curve “inverted” – that is, the yield on short-term bonds climbed above the...

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Three principles for battling market anxiety

What to do when markets seem to go crazy When stock markets suddenly begin to drop alarmingly as they did at the beginning of February, many investors will contact their brokers and advisors and start selling things. Others, however, seem not to be so anxious, and...

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Volatility returns to markets

More normal trading patterns likely to emerge Volatility returned to the stock markets, seemingly very suddenly, at the beginning of February. It was hard to avoid panicky headlines shouting about the 1,175-point drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average on Monday,...

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Market slump not the time to reset portfolios

Periodic volatility means opportunity I wish they’d make up their minds, don’t you? To listen to assorted talking heads in the business media, you’d think that the current slump in crude oil prices to around US$60 per barrel is something just short of the end of...