March 2020 was not the worst-performing month in stock market history, but it was the craziest month in stock market history, according to the author of today’s article. That is, if crazy is defined by monthly market volatility. In fact, he notes that in terms of one particular measure of volatility, “March 2020 wasn’t just a little crazier than the next 3 highest months…it was significantly crazier.” For more on how March was the craziest month ever for equities – and other assets classes – CLICK HERE.
With the current level of market volatility due to the COVID-19 outbreak, a top-performing portfolio manager is advising against making any big bets right now, stating that “Often these types of viral outbreaks are transitory in nature and affect the markets only temporarily. Yet, this one is quite unique causing issues with both demand and supply.” Still, he does see a few potential buying opportunities amid the market mayhem – including a “highly speculative high risk high reward play”. For more, CLICK HERE.
While many investors re-balance their portfolios back toward strategic benchmarks on a calendar basis, the author of today’s article advises that an unscheduled re-balancing may be in order now as the coronavirus-driven market turbulence of the last several weeks has thrown the composition of portfolios out of whack: “Sharp equity selloffs and government bond yield declines have mechanically turned many portfolios underweight equities and overweight bonds – compared with their broad asset allocation benchmarks.” For more, CLICK HERE.
Two independent investment houses have both identified an “extraordinary buying opportunity” with the potential to double (or more) retirement savers’ money in the next five to seven years – and, interestingly enough, this opportunity has been brought on by the global coronavirus pandemic! For details on this opportunity, CLICK HERE.
It’s a question that could not be more relevant for those planning to retire in the near future than it is right now: Should you delay retirement in light of recent market volatility? The answer offered by the author of today’s article is “You probably should – but that’s not the whole story.” So what is the “whole story” on how much the retirement plans of near-retirees may need to change now? CLICK HERE.
What are the most reliable stocks for retirees? Today’s article seeks to answer this question by looking at two articles from Kiplinger, one featuring a “group of retirement stocks that includes both pure income plays and growth companies, with a focus on very-long-term performance and durability”, and a second highlighting 20 dividend stocks that “should fund at least 20 years of retirement, if not more. They have paid uninterrupted dividends for more than 20 consecutive years, appear to have secure payouts and have the potential to collectively grow… dividends to protect investors’ purchasing power.” For more, CLICK HERE.
With longer life expectancies and lower interest rates, among other factors, the traditional 60/40 portfolio “just won’t be able to cut it anymore”, according to some financial experts. Instead, greater allocations to equities will be needed – and dividend stocks will become the new bonds for retirement. One place investors can look for higher yields for their retirement portfolios? Business Development Companies, which are averaging annual yields of nearly 10%. For more, CLICK HERE.
“The only thing that matters to me in the short-term is my dividends,” declares the author of today’s article when it comes to his retirement portfolio. As a result, he only checks the value of his retirement portfolio once a year. Between those yearly reviews, he notes, “I’m collecting an exponentially growing stream of safe dividends that put me closer to my dream of a dividend funded financial independence closer with every weekly buy and limit order that fills.” For seven high-yield stocks he is adding to his retirement portfolio, CLICK HERE.
Each week, the author of today’s article invests $500 of savings into two or three dividend-paying companies for his retirement portfolio. For a detailed examination of the companies under consideration for this week’s retirement portfolio purchases – and the screening process the author employs to make his weekly stock selections – CLICK HERE.
In the current era of low rates, the author of today’s article notes that “Stocks will have to do the heavy lifting of funding your retirement”. But will they be able to do so – or will unexpectedly low returns put you at risk of running out of money during your retirement? The author looks at what the most reliable indicators suggest about equity returns over the next decade – and what they suggest “is very sobering indeed”. For more, CLICK HERE.