Tag Archives: S&P 500

Recent Market Volatility

Market Falls

In recent days the increase in volatility in the stock market has resulted in renewed anxiety for many investors. While it may be difficult to remain calm during a substantial market decline, it is important to remember that volatility is a normal part of investing. Additionally, for long-term investors, reacting emotionally to volatile markets may […]

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 […]

Here’s the Prescription

As much as I value the unfettered access to information the internet provides, I recognise the potential harm that too much information can cause. Take, for example, a friend of mine, who was experiencing some troubling medical symptoms. Typing her symptoms into a search engine led to an evening of research and mounting consternation. By […]

Investment Market Review

Managing Your Financial Settlement

After logging strong returns in 2017, global equity markets delivered negative returns in British pound terms in 2018. The fourth quarter equity market decline has many investors wondering how equities may perform in the near term. Equity market declines of 10% have occurred numerous times in the past. The S&P 500 returned –11.5% in 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 […]