Tag Archives: Dow Jones Industrial Average

Getting to the Point of a Point

The news often reports that the stock market has risen or fallen by a certain number of “points.” These types of headlines may make little sense to some investors, given that a point for an index and what it means to an individual’s portfolio may be unclear. The potential for misunderstanding also exists among even […]

Tuning Out the Noise

Tuning Out the Noise

For investors, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the relentless stream of news about markets. Being bombarded with data and headlines presented as impactful to your financial well-being can evoke strong emotional responses from even the most experienced investors. Headlines from the ”lost decade”¹ can help illustrate several periods that may have led […]

Nightmare on Wall Street

In New York, last Wednesday’s trading session was marked by unusual activity in 148 shares, many of which swung sharply in the first hour of trading due to an apparent error in a newly installed software programme developed by seventeen-year-old Knight Capital Group Inc., one of the largest market-making and trading firms. For some, the […]

The Mother of Overreactions

The big news in the markets was the markets themselves: on Monday, in the U.S., the S&P 500 fell 79.92 points, losing 6.66% of its value.  The Dow was down 5.55% and the Nasdaq technology index dropped 6.90%.  Globally, the EAFE index, which tracks the overall market moves in the developed nations, fell 3.37%. Until […]