Equities largely took a breather this quarter with the market posting a modest return. A harsh winter, concerns over emerging markets and geopolitical tensions between Russia and Ukraine brought a return of volatility to the market that was largely absent last year. This quarter saw a leadership change within stocks.
As you progress into your thirties it is time to get serious about your finances.
Roth IRAs are a terrific retirement account although not everyone is able to contribute directly to them because of income limits.
Bonds have come back in fashion this year. February has seen $16 billion of new money flow into bond ETFs through February 21st.
Stock pullbacks happen and are normal in a bull market. Heading into the year stocks were valued at a level assuming an optimistic forecast for 2014 with no headwinds insight.
Last year’s market move has you feeling great about opening your 401k statements again after ignoring them during the financial crisis. Now that you are opening up your statements, it is time to do a retirement plan checkup.
By this point in January, many of us have forgotten about our New Year’s resolutions already! Our plans to workout more or spend less money have fallen back into last year’s habits. Here are 6 actionable items to get you back on track and financially fit this year..
Stocks markets around the world capped off an excellent year rallying in the final months of 2013. Europe and Japan lead the global equity rally this year. The international equity markets added 5.2% in the quarter and were up 17.8% for the year. This did not keep pace with the US markets but it was the best year for international markets since 2009.
Stocks had a strong finish to a remarkable year. The S&P 500 had its best annual performance since 1997 as investors took an optimistic view towards improving economic data and future corporate earnings. The market was relieved when Congress reached a budget deal and the Federal Reserve (Fed) started to taper their bond buying program.