Risk Tolerances Change With Both Age and the Market

An investor’s willingness to invest in stocks varies with the level of the S&P 500 index and other major indexes. Similarly, in aggregate, older investors tend to be more conservative than younger investors. Neither statement should be a surprise to those of you who have been investing for a long time and/or are familiar with…

 

Mr. Market Is Distorting Your Tolerance for Risk

When NPR’s update of the day’s headlines mentions the stock market’s lack of volatility, conditions must be extraordinarily calm. Such is the case right now. The Chicago Board Options Exchange’s Volatility Index (the CBOE’s VIX)—an obscure index to those who don’t focus on the financial markets—made the morning news. While most investors prefer calm conditions…

 

For Long-Term Investors, the Focus Should Be on Risk

There is a common notion that stocks, at least if held for a long-time, usually outperform other assets, so that stocks should be the cornerstone of any long-term portfolio. If, when this idea is presented, you protest: “Wait a minute. Stocks are also risky!” the reply is either, “Stocks have done well in the past…

 

6 Questions With John Bogle

This week’s AAII Weekly Features highlight these valuable AAII articles: The Top Mutual Funds Over Five Years: Health Care Remains on Top: Health care has not only remained the best-performing category, it now boasts seven of the 10 funds with the highest five-year returns. Six Questions With John Bogle: The founder of Vanguard explains how…