market volatility

How Much Risk Should You Take in Your Portfolio?

Determining your risk tolerance before you invest is a lot like choosing a delivery plan for the birth of your child. When the contractions start, even the best-laid plans can go right out the window, because it's impossible to predict how you'll feel watching a chunk of your savings evaporate until it happens.

It's Back! Stocks Take Another Bath

Welcome back, panic! After a few days off, it's back: The Dow fell more than 500 points Thursday morning, and 10-year Treasury rates hit an all-time low below 2%. Read more to find out what's driving the selloff.

Protect Your Portfolio, Profit from the Dip

It's been quite a bumpy road for the stock market. But as investing is all about staying cool and thinking clearly in a crisis, the recent stock market shock provides plenty of opportunities to show your savvy. Here are three key strategies to help you not just survive, but profit from the shocks.

How to Pick a CD That
Works for You

As the stock market continues to spook investors, many are fleeing to the safety of bank certificates. Here's why they're looking good now and how to pick the right one for you.

Planning for Retirement
Amid Market Mayhem

Planning for retirement? Don't panic. Here's why you should ignore the market mayhem: You have complete control over the most important component of your retirement plan, your contributions.

Where to Put Your Money Now

Ten investors survey the rubble from this week's shakeup and see opportunities everywhere. It's time to quiet those nerves and deploy your dollars to take advantage of fire-sale prices. Here's a rundown of investment ideas -- stocks, mutual funds, ETFs, and otherwise.

How to Survive the Stock Market's Wild Ride

The stock-market roller coaster of the last couple of weeks -- culminating with Thursday's 500-point plunge on the Dow -- has been enough to make even the most stoic investors sweat. Experts offer opinions on how you can turn uncertainty into opportunity.

Three Contrarian Stock Picks for 2011

If you're tired of watching your stocks go up and down this year without making any firm gains, consider putting some money into a contrarian investment strategy. It's riskier, but the payoff can be big. Contrarian fund manager Don Hodges offers three unconventionally good stock picks.

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.

Five Key Strategies for Defensive Investing

When stock markets crash, it seems there is a little investors can do to protect their holdings. But if you plan ahead, you could come out mostly unscathed. Here are five strategies money managers say will help you to safeguard your portfolio.