Why you are missing the bull market: Wasik

September 19, 2012

By John Wasik

(Reuters) – To most Main Street investors, the post-2008 era has been something of an epic hangover. By and large, they have continued to eschew stocks for the palliative comfort of bonds.

Why you are missing the bull market

September 18, 2012

Sept 18 (Reuters) – To most Main Street investors, the
post-2008 era has been something of an epic hangover. By and
large, they have continued to eschew stocks for the palliative
comfort of bonds.

Hedges for investing in a post-QE3 environment

September 14, 2012

CHICAGO, Sept 14 (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve’s new round
of quantitative easing may have sparked as much early enthusiasm
as the opening of a new fall fashion show. Yet as with other
ballyhooed events, the initial warm reception may prove
fleeting.

Three investment strategies for QE3

September 10, 2012

CHICAGO (Reuters) – If there’s another round of stimulus from the Federal Reserve, as has been telegraphed by Ben Bernanke, it may end up sounding like an alarm clock that barely rings. It will be heard, but it may not be enough to rouse a drowsy U.S. economy.

Can you still make money in the housing market?

September 7, 2012

CHICAGO (Reuters) – There is a nagging question to consider before you jump into home-buying after one of the worst housing slumps in American history. Will you ever make money? Based on how the market has performed in the past, there is no clear answer.

How to find a new 401(k) strategy

September 6, 2012

CHICAGO, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Let’s say, after recent fee
disclosures from retirement funds, that you have discovered that
your 401(k) is a rusting beater of a plan. It’s expensive to
maintain, non-diversified and has performed poorly over the last
10 years.

Finding a haven from volatility isn’t easy

August 2, 2012

CHICAGO, August 2 (Reuters) – Most experienced long-term
investors know stocks are volatile and can deal with it. But
what if you want to stay in stocks and at the same time reduce
your downside risk and avoid a cyclonic year like 2008?

A dry-eyed view on investing in water resources

July 30, 2012

CHICAGO, July 30 (Reuters) – I have a pretty good idea of
what drought looks like after recently traveling more than 1,400
miles from Chicago to Utah: Vast patches of brown where there
should be green. Cornstalks that look like desiccated
scarecrows. Wilted soybeans. Forested Colorado canyons
devastated by wildfires and pine beetles.

Five strategies for a mid-summer portfolio overhaul

July 27, 2012

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Do you have a lingering memory of motion sickness after last summer’s debt storm? I do.

REITs worth a look for yield boost

July 24, 2012

CHICAGO, July 24 (Reuters) – While there’s some debate over
whether the U.S. residential market is in recovery mode, there’s
a stronger case for a rebound in commercial properties.