Initial public offerings (IPOs) often attract initial public interest—especially when familiar brands become broadly available to investors for the first time. In recent months, investors have had the opportunity to buy shares of ride-hailing networks Uber and Lyft, workplace productivity services Zoom and Slack, and other high-profile businesses ranging from Pinterest to Beyond Meat. News outlets contribute to the frenzy, building anticipation, tracking the early hours of trading, … [Read more...] about IPOs: Profiles Are High. What About Returns?
When people act like the sky is falling, it's helpful to remember that volatility is normal, and there are simple things you can do to pursue a better investment experience. Recently, the market has shown a lot of volatility. This can be unnerving, even when you have a solid plan backed up by an investment philosophy you believe in. Most of the time, it feels great to know that if you're a long-term investor, you can go about your life with the confidence that true conviction … [Read more...] about David Booth on Market Volatility
Bond yields change as markets digest news and events around the world, which also causes yield curves to move and change shape over time. What is a yield curve, and why are stock investors interested in its shape? A yield curve gives a snapshot of how yields vary across bonds of similar credit quality, but different maturities, at a specific point in time. For example, the US Treasury yield curve indicates the yields of US Treasury bonds across a range of maturities. Bond yields change as … [Read more...] about The Flat-Out Truth
While surprises can and do happen in elections, the surprises don't always lead to clear-cut outcomes for investors. It's almost Election Day in the US once again. For those who need a brief civics refresher, every two years the full US House of Representatives and one-third of the Senate are up for reelection. While the outcomes of the elections are uncertain, one thing we can count on is that plenty of opinions and prognostications will be floated in the days to come. In financial circles, … [Read more...] about Midterm Elections: What Do They Mean for Markets?
"Sellers were out in force on the market today after negative news on the economy." It's a common line in TV finance reports. But have you ever wondered who is buying if so many people are selling? Click HERE to read "A Question of Equilibrium", by Dimensional Fund Advisors Vice President Jim Parker. … [Read more...] about A Question of Equilibrium
As an investor, your happiness depends on having realistic expectations about returns and viewing market events in proper context. These two factors can drive your sense of financial well-being and influence your financial outcome. Click HERE to read "The Happiness Equation", by Dimensional Fund Advisors Vice President Brad Steiman. … [Read more...] about The Happiness Equation