How to Navigate the 2024 Markets Like the Pros

January 11, 2024
Uncertainty is the watchword for 2024. As investors, can we learn to handle uncertainty and the volatility it brings while keeping emotions in check and our portfolios on track?
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For investors, 2024 has more than its share of unknowns, including what steps the Fed and other central banks will take, the direction of ongoing wars in Ukraine and the Middle East, and how elections both in the U.S. and more than 60 countries around the world will play out. These unpredictable factors can lead to volatility in the markets and anxiety for investors, which can contribute to poor decisions. One way for investors to navigate a challenging environment is to understand how fund managers make decisions when facing uncertainty. On today’s episode, host Mike Townsend talks with Omar Aguilar, CEO and chief investment officer at Schwab Asset Management, about how fund managers keep their emotions in check when volatility increases. They discuss how to diversify when it feels like every investor is invested in the same small number of companies, what to watch for in the first quarter earnings season, and whether now is the time to put some cash that has been earning decent returns back into the market. They also talk about how staying invested, staying diversified, and staying disciplined are critical to reaching your investing goals during times of market stress. 

Mike also provides updates from Washington on the latest talks to avert a looming government shutdown and the president’s request for emergency aid for Ukraine, Israel, and other global priorities

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