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How to Invest in Volatile Times – 5 Ways to Ignore the Hype

By: Steve Economopoulos, CFP®, ChFC, CMT

August 01, 2018

We have all witnessed and lived through tough market, the constant worry in an investor’s mind will never change.  To be great at being an investor, you must adjust your mindset and focus on what really matters.  Headlines will be great at causing fear and confusing a fragile investor from buying when is best and cause selling when is worst.  So, what can you do to ignore the media hype as the market is volatile and follow a plan that matters most? 

How to Always Feel Rich

By: Steve Economopoulos, CFP®, ChFC, CMT

May 09, 2018

The ultimate goal of most investors when following the stock market on a daily basis is to see the value of their own investments go higher.  Who wouldn’t hope to make money every day?  And to that end, what investor wouldn’t want to have the funds to afford “living the good life” and always be rich?  Most of us define this characterization of having plenty of money as 'retirement'.  However, in this next few paragraphs, you may realize true wealth might be better defined by something more...

By: Steve Economopoulos, CFP®, ChFC, CMT

February 26, 2018

Investing when the market seems to be heading in only one direction (up) is an exciting time for many, but how fast that feeling can change. Bull markets never last forever, and having a plan for market volatility can put you further ahead in the long run. Let’s take a look at what investors can do to avoid the hazards of chasing returns by thinking of cash as more than just a boring or an inefficient part of your overall portfolio...

By: Steve Economopoulos, CFP®, ChFC, CMT

January 08, 2018

One of the main factors impacting the current market, an omnipotent issue, is the role of the Federal Reserve Bank (the Fed) and how it influences the movement of the stock market. There is a relationship between what the Fed does to the discount rate, and how it impacts bond prices and borrowing costs for borrowers. This will affect the overall market - equities, bonds, currency and more - and cause implications for the future direction of portfolio values...

By: Steve Economopoulos, CFP®, ChFC, CMT

January 05, 2018

Although timing the market is futile, there are strategies for protecting a portfolio when the market is volatile. This investment philosophy centers on helping investors prepare for the next bear market

Among the strategies employed, placing stop loss levels and adjusting them regularly are of the highest priority. Technical analysis helps reveal breakdowns of certain patterns, as well as violations of trend lines and moving averages. These factors should be tracked on a daily basis...

By: Steve Economopoulos, CFP®, ChFC, CMT

September 22, 2017

If I told you I was a fast runner, that alone may not mean much. Relative to Usain Bolt, I’m probably pretty slow (I’ll give him some credit for all those Olympic medals). Compared to my youngest daughter, I am very fast in her eyes. Actually, she is very fast for her age, “relatively speaking.” This term can be a big help when seeking the right investments to purchase for your portfolio...

By: Steve Economopoulos, CFP®, ChFC, CMT

September 05, 2017

As an investor taking a position in a security, it can be important to take a quick look at its chart to determine what may lie above or below the current price level based on the picture you see. A sharp eye can pick up areas on the chart where trend lines can be and become useful in determining areas of support and resistance. An area of support is found below the current price and is a level at which the price may hold and not go any lower under the right conditions...

By: Steve Economopoulos, CFP®, ChFC, CMT

August 29, 2017

There are many reasons to consider selling a stock that you own. Most will say that it is important to buy stocks for the long term. While not bad advice, it is often difficult to watch an investment that you own as it goes through volatile times. Needing money is usually a good reason to sell the stock you own. Reaching a price that you set when you purchased it (we call this your price target) is another valid reason for considering a sale...

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