You’ve likely heard many of the potential dangers associated with the stock market: volatile energy prices, tightening credit conditions, slowing economic growth, inflationary concerns, and the possibility of further Fed interest rate hikes in the coming months. As a prudent investor, how can you help protect the value of your stock portfolio during periods of uncertainty and heightened market volatility?
A weak U.S. Dollar, global political uncertainties, and interest in “safe haven” investments have sparked renewed speculative interest in gold. Where gold prices will go from here remains unclear, but one thing’s for certain: Investors seeking new markets and opportunities, greater trading leverage, and portfolio diversification may want to consider gold futures!
An “Analyst Rating” for a given stock is essentially a professional opinion as to the investment prospects of a company based upon that analyst's assessment of the factors affecting the company based on the analyst’s education, experience and investment viewpoint.
Whether you want to hedge certain elements of your portfolio or you’re looking to capitalize on price swings in the commodity markets, futures trading at Schwab might fit the bill.
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