Fri04242015

Business & Real Estate

How not to worry about stock-market volatility

The fact is that stocks are among the most volatile of all investment asset classes, but they also provide the most growth over time, especially relative to inflation. They illustrate the underlying tenet of investing: If you want more return, you must take on more risk.

If you are worried about your portfolio right now given the recent volatility, following are four possible reasons and some simple ways to overcome them.

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Stock momentum still with the bulls

For now, market momentum is clearly with the bulls. As of Friday, the major averages were all up more than 5 percent, with the Standard & Poor's 500 index surpassing the 2,100 mark and sentiment rarely higher.

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Stock volatility still confusing

The market opened down more than 100 points Friday but by noon rose more than 130, the form of volatility that quickly draws investors’ attention. By week’s end, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index and the Dow Jones industrial average were on track to set all-time closing highs.

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Dividends are the heroes for investors

Unusually low oil prices have wreaked havoc on some economies, but the U.S. economy continues on a strong, steady course, with the market opening at more than 18,000 Friday.

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Investors on edge as lows persist

As we move into February, investors are on edge as stocks return to their mid-December lows.

The first month of the year proved to be challenging for investors, with high volatility and negative returns influencing the major market indices. The new year is shaping up to be quite different from the index records enjoyed in 2013 and 2014.

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Market still on track for weekly gains

After four days of nice gains last week, the bulls struggled to make it five – without success. Even with a loss Friday, the major indexes were still on track for solid weekly gains.

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