Should you sell out of the market and go to cash when you’ve got a hunch markets are headed lower? Of course not. While moving to cash might feel good mentally and help you avoid short-term stock market volatility, it is unlikely to be a wise move over the long term. Here’s why: When your money is in the stock market and the market is down, you may feel like you’ve lost money, but you really haven’t. At this point, it’s a hypothetical, or paper, loss. A turnaround in the market can put you right back to breakeven and maybe even
Ehab Alalfey, Azzad Investment Advisor I have been around the wealth management industry for as long as I can remember. I recall helping my father, an immigrant to this country, with his work as a junior advisor at a practice in Maryland when he was just getting started. I would help him when I was a young teenager, going to the office on the weekends to file documents, mail out birthday cards, or whatever else was needed. English was not his first language. His colleagues would often poke fun, underestimating him and assuming that he wouldn’t do well. When times
The Markets (as of market close June 2, 2023) Stocks began the week on a downturn, but rallied later to end last week higher. Each of the benchmark indexes posted solid weekly gains, led by the Russell 2000, followed by the Nasdaq, the Dow, the S&P 500, and the Global Dow. Investors began the week concerned that the debt ceiling agreement between President Biden and House Speaker McCarthy would not pass the House and Senate. However, both chambers of Congress passed the debt ceiling bill later in the week, removing the risk of government default. In addition, investors may have
“The investor’s chief problem – and even his worst enemy – is likely to be himself.” — Benjamin Graham (1894–1976) Legendary economist and investor Benjamin Graham made his timeless observation decades ago, and yet it reflects our enduring belief: Your own behavioral biases are often the greatest threat to your financial well-being. As investors, we leap before we look. We stay when we should go. We cringe at the very risks that are expected to generate our greatest rewards. All the while, we rush into nearly every move, only to fret and regret them long after the deed is done.