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Your frequently asked questions about volatility

Video FAQs

  • What could the economic recovery look like?

    The paths of economic recoveries often resemble letters of the alphabet. Here’s a look at some common and some unusual shapes.

  • Changing risk tolerance

    Can I change my risk tolerance and time horizon?

    If you want to change your risk tolerance and time horizon, it’s important that they’re adjusted for the right reasons.

  • Stock market vs. The news

    Why does the market go up on bad news?

    Because the stock market tends to look to the future, it can often appear to tell a different story from what’s happening day to day.

  • Low interest rates

    How long will interest rates stay low?

    Rates may be low for a long time as the Federal Reserve keeps its eye on two indicators: inflation and employment.

  • Finding decent yields

    Finding decent yields

    Where can you put money to generate a decent yield without taking on too much risk?

  • Selling in a down market

    Selling in a down market

    If you need to take money out of your portfolio soon, how can you make selling assets in a down market as painless as possible?

Text FAQs

How does the growing federal debt affect economic growth?
I’m retiring earlier than I’d planned. How will early retirement affect my Social Security benefits?
Will the Federal Reserve and government stimulus spending eventually lead to inflation?
How can I take advantage of market volatility as a trading opportunity?
I'm retired. Can I skip taking Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) this year?
Where can I hold my cash when markets are volatile?
Which sectors of the market would you consider investing in right now?
Given the big drop in oil prices, what is your take on the oil and gas industry?
Can the US government buy stocks to boost the market?
I need to take money out of my portfolio to cover expenses soon. How can I make selling assets in this down market as painless as possible?
How does it help the economy when the Fed lowers interest rates?
Is there any safe place to put my money that will generate a decent yield?
I’m at retirement age. I don’t need the money in my portfolio right now, but I will soon. Given the current volatile market, how can I prepare my portfolio for future spending needs?
Would you recommend municipal bonds as a defensive asset right now? 
Will we see negative interest rates in the next 12 months?
What catalyst would cause the stock market to rally?

Concerned about how recent market volatility may affect your investments?