The past year offered an interesting mix of positive and negative news as investors around the world eagerly anticipated signs of economic recovery and financial stabilization. While most financial markets logged positive returns for a second straight year, investors had to endure a host of troubling news and pessimistic market predictions. Even eight months into the year, the S&P 500 Index was down 5.9%. But diversified, long-term investors were rewarded with attractive market returns, as the S&P 500 closed the year up 15.06%, with 10.76% of the gain coming in the fourth quarter. (Returns are in US dollars throughout this …Read More
If you’ve ever heard someone say “how did the market do today,” chances are they are referring to the Dow Jones Industrial Average (“Dow”), one of the oldest indexes used in the U.S. Indexes such as the Dow are used to measure the general health of a segment of the economy. Indexes are not just used in the U.S., they are also used in nearly every country with a developed financial market. Some of the most well known indexes include: Financial Times Stock Index (U.K.), CAC 40 (France); Hang Seng (Hong Kong); All Ordinaries (Australia); and many more. Indexes are …Read More
Tired of cinching that proverbial belt ever tighter? The last two years have been all about cutting expenses and doing without, haven’t they? Well I say – maybe it’s time to shift from cutting out the lattes to getting a cut of the coffee profits.
If you are ready to take advantage of your new saving habits, there is a tried and true way to do this: Dollar Cost Averaging. It isn’t new and exciting, but many a millionaire next door has proven its success. The best part – you don’t need a big stash of cash to get started.…Read More