Volatility

How to Handle the Bond-Market Collapse

Most investors think stocks are riskier than bonds. Recently, that script has flipped. Here's what to do about the surprising losses from the "safe" portion of your portfolio.

Global Markets Rise on Investor Confidence

The new year rally in global markets showed few signs of abating Monday ahead of a speech on monetary policy from Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke. A number of stock indexes around the world have hit multi-year highs as a key measure of volatility, the so-called VIX index, has fallen to a five-year low.

Fiscal Cliff Tax Worries May Drive Stock Sell-Off

Investors typically sell stocks to cut their losses at year end. But worries about the "fiscal cliff" -- and the possibility of higher taxes in 2013 -- may act as the greatest incentive to sell both winners and losers by Dec. 31.

Forget the 4% Rule: Retirement's Common Wisdom Is Obsolete

Get ready to play the retirement game even more cautiously: The common wisdom that a 4% annual withdrawal rate is the safe way to avoid outliving your money is increasingly coming under fire. In fact, it may well become a thing of the past.

Stocks in 2012: Up, Up, But Not Away

The stock market's stomach-churning roller coaster will keep running, but unlike last year's flat finish, Wall Street experts anticipate stocks will end 2012 on a high note, with the S&P 500 up by 7%.

6 Key Money Lessons of 2011: What We've Learned

At this time last year, maybe you thought the economy would be a bit more gracious by now. No such luck. But as we reflect on the year that was, here are six financial lessons that 2011 taught us all.

Sane Investing Stratagies for This Insane Market

Talk about volatility: Since Oct. 1, there has been only one trading day where the market hasn't swung by at least 1% between its low and high points. This sort of market leads many investors to make big mistakes, but we have some time-tested tactics that will help you avoid the pitfalls.

The 4 Emotional Traps Making Us Miserable

Americans are unhappy. Consumer confidence is at lowest level in over 2 years, and the "misery index" is at a 28-year high. But there's a lot more to our distress than the numbers. The real source of our current unhappiness lies in a set of deeper emotional triggers -- triggers that we can change.

Is Safe Investing Possible? How to Manage Market Volatility

With all the volatility in the stock market today, some individual investors are wondering if they should be more active with a portion of their portfolio, or back away from equities entirely. But if you bail out of stocks, where can you find decent returns? DailyFinance's Laura Rowley talks with Stuart Ritter, financial planner with T. Rowe Price.

Eight Stocks to Put on Your Bargain-Price Wish List

Who says volatility is all bad? The fearfully stumbling stock market means that some excellent stocks are trading at or near fire sale prices. For investors with the patience to wait for the right moment, here are eight companies to keep an eye on -- or to snap up right now.

Should You Gamble on Less Active Stocks?

Street Directory recently made the argument that if investors want some degree of price stability, they should buy stocks which have heavy daily trading volumes. But what if an investor prefers the potential of sharp moves up or down that comes with a stock whose normal daily volume is modest?

This 'Fear Trade' Could Bring You 87% Gains

Fear is in the air on Wall Street. Unemployment is high, housing sales are sluggish and the dollar is weak. Now, to add insult to injury, Standard & Poor's has lowered its U.S. debt outlook to negative, putting the nation's AAA credit rating at risk. Fortunately, smart traders can benefit from these worries.

Lower Volatility Might Not Signal a Market Correction

The CBOE's Volatility Index, also known as the VIX, has been trending lower, which many analysts consider a sign that that stocks are due for a fall. But another argument says it's all relative, and in today's environment it may suggest a continuing rally.

Goldman Sachs Earnings: Expect Lower Profits

Goldman Sachs is expected to report a sharp drop in third-quarter earnings before Tuesday's opening bell, due to a decline in trading activity in a market that's been light on volume and volatility for months. Goldman is forecast to report adjusted earnings of $2.28 a share.

Just Breaking Even? Some Call That Success

A new report says 55% of investors say they now accept any positive gains as investing success in these volatile markets, while another 23% believe break-even investment returns can also be considered successful.

With Stocks at Key Technical Level, What's Next?

Having hit 1,150 on Friday, the S&P 500 is now at a crossroad: Will it fall back, or continue marching up to the next technical target around 1,200? No one chart can say for sure, but here are some points to be aware of -- and to watch in coming days.

Forget Stocks. This Year, Bonds Have Had More Fun

It's no secret that stock investors have suffered through roller-coaster volatility this year for no real return, while bond investors have been having a ball. The longest-dated Treasury mutual funds have returned nearly 20%. Stocks, meanwhile, have done zilch.

How to Play Defense in a Volatile Market

Equity investors have ample reason to be frustrated these days. The S&P 500 has hovered around 1,080 since mid-May, but it hasn't been a quiet ride. Oliver Pursche, president of Gary Goldberg Financial Services, talks about how you can smooth out the bumps of short-term volatility.

Stocks Close Higher, but Growth Worries Remain

Stocks took an uncomfortably circuitous route to posting broad-based gains Tuesday, as a better-than-expected outlook on global recovery from the Australian central bank was tested by a bleaker assessment of the U.S. economy from the bond market.

Summertime Could Cool Off Market Volatility

With no major news on the calendar ahead of next week's start of second-quarter earnings season, longer-term investors should have more sway in a market that's been technically driven for months. That could mean fewer wild swings, at least for a while.

Russell Rebalance Makes for a Volitile Friday

On Friday, after the market closes, the Russell Investment Group will announce how it will rebalance its indexes in the annual event known as the Russell Reconstitution, the ripple effects of which will be felt as a brief, high-energy tremor through the stock markets.

Circuit Breakers Let Cooler Heads Prevail

Why do circuit-breakers on stocks make sense? A simple manual cross-check of prices can help mitigate volatility "if things get out of whack," says Doreen Mogavero, CEO of Mogavero Lee & Co., in a video interview from the floor of the NYSE.