Cultivating the weeds

Cultivating the weeds

Along with jigsaw puzzle purchases, the number of new people engaging in gardening has increased this year, as we spend more time at home due to the pandemic. As Rutgers University professor, Joel Flagler explains it, “There are certain, very stabilizing forces in...
2020: A master class in behavioral finance

2020: A master class in behavioral finance

This year has been somewhat like a master class, or real-time laboratory, in illustrating some classic concepts of behavioral finance in a compressed time frame. Think about it. Investor emotions and behavior have been on a roller-coaster ride throughout 2020—unlike...

Market Update 8/3/20

Most of the major stock market indexes gained last week. The S&P 500 Index was up 1.72%, the NASDAQ gained 3.69%, and the Russell 2000 small-capitalization index rose 0.88%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was the only loser for the week, falling 0.16%. The...
Why risk management matters

Why risk management matters

This column has explored the topic of risk management in some detail over the years, addressing several questions: Are the retail investor and financial adviser underserved by the buy-and-hold philosophy? What is the potential role of dynamic risk-managed strategies...

Market Update 7/27/20

The major stock market indexes fell last week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost about 0.75%, the S&P 500 Index fell 0.28%, the NASDAQ 100 dropped 1.52%, and the Russell 2000 small-capitalization index fell 0.39%. The 10-year Treasury bond yield fell about 4...