Kevin Fusco: Get advice to survive fiscal cliff effect
Resolution is a term that gets thrown around pretty liberally at the beginning of the year. Millions of Americans entered 2013 making resolutions to change their lives in some fashion and use the turning of the calendar as the catalyst. Congress had another type of resolution in its sights when it set out to address the fiscal cliff.
Kevin Fusco: Keep your portfolio from going over the cliff
This balance is generally achieved easily by developing an objective-based asset allocation framework. It is important to remember, though, that asset allocation alone does not protect against losses, so investors must also employ a dedicated rebalancing regimen that takes into account the short-term market movements that sudden volatility may bring.
Kevin Fusco: What to do when perception betrays reality
Investing is often a very sensory process, with what we see, hear and feel shaping our perspectives.
Kevin Fusco: Bond investing can be intimidating for some
It isn’t often that one can truly categorize anything about investing as unique.
Kevin Fusco: Summer has been turning point for stocks
What may come as the biggest surprise to many investors at the year’s halfway point is that the broad equity market, as defined by the S&P 500 Index, has returned more than 8 percent year-to-date.
Kevin Fusco: Market has corrected, not collapsed
After more than a 10 percent move to the downside, accounting for the worst monthly performance in more than a year, the stock market as measured by the S&P 500 is officially correcting, but it is certainly not collapsing. By late March and early April of this year, many of the same indicators that foreshadowed […]
Kevin Fusco: Investors face election-year uncertainties
Fiscal tensions in Europe, which have been brewing unabated for more than two years, must now also contend with a fresh round of political turmoil that further threatens European Union stability and may serve as a precursor to what most expect to be a heated election year in the United States. Investors will be watching […]
Kevin Fusco: Fickle markets can be like spring weather
Traditionally March is the month that comes in like a lion, and leaves like a lamb. This year unusually warm weather and no real storms to speak of kept the lion caged, and we all rejoiced in the relative calm. The financial markets have also reveled in relative calm, as the “storms” have either been […]
Kevin Fusco: Volatility has gone away, but it will surely return
The first eight weeks of 2012 provided the two things that most investors long for — steady returns and low volatility. It is in this environment that anxieties are assuaged, risk is re-evaluated, and memories are seemingly shortened. It is also the environment that often signals when changes are afoot, and when investors should be […]
Kevin Fusco: New 401(k) regulations to help investors
Determining, and actually accumulating, adequate retirement savings has never been an exact science, and many investors and workers have become increasingly frustrated by not only the performance of their 401(k)s, but also other detractions that have tarnished the nation’s most popular retirement savings vehicle. Since its advent in the 1980s, the 401(k) has been a […]
Kevin Fusco: Fresh start for the economy, equity markets
As the millions of Americans who recently devised resolutions will tell you, the new year offers a fresh start. It offers an opportunity to correct the mistakes of the previous year, or set forth on a better path, or even just build on last year’s successful resolution, if you were one of the few who […]
Kevin Fusco: ‘Irrational pessimism’ has taken over
On December 5, 1996, while speaking on stock market valuations, then Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan uttered a phrase that has ever since been carved into the financial lexicon, and has come to define those periods when sentiment roars into positive territory at the expense of facts, logic and sometimes common sense. Those two little […]