Can Stocks Recapture 2013’s Momentum?
Related: How much should you hold in stocks? The initial 80/20 mix is aggressive for people in their fifties, but not off the charts; T. Rowe Price’s Retirement 2025 Fund, for people retiring in 11 years, has a 75/25 mix. Pomeranz says an 80% stock portfolio isn’t right for everyone the Baumans’ ages, but is appropriate for the couple, given the priority they place on retiring early, plus Robert’s comfort with risk, as evidenced by his current all-stock portfolio. How to save for retirement in 2014 If the markets don’t cooperate, says the planner, the couple would have to revise their plans by saving more, working longer, or living on less in retirement.
Indian Stocks: Make Money in Them the Easy Way
The index underperformed major markets in continental Europe, especially the peripheral euro zone markets, which continued a recent streak of outperformance. “It’s natural to pause here (after a strong December rally), but going forward it’s still looking good,” Mike McCudden, head of derivatives at Interactive Investor, said of the FTSE. Imperial Tobacco fell 2.9 percent and British American Tobacco 1 percent, after reports that China’s health officials wanted to ban smoking in public places by the end of this year. “With China, there’s a lot of concern over smog and air pollution. The doors have been flung open with regards to reform, and with that will come a change in standards with regards to healthcare,” said Alastair McCaig, an hot stocks to buy analyst at IG.
Indexed Investing and ETFs: One of the downsides (OK, relative downsides) for active stock pickers is that a significant number of funds simply couldnt keep up with the S&P 500 in 2013. Whenever we see a blockbuster year for broad stock market indices, the allure of index funds rises , not only because they tend to outperform, but do so while charging us lower fees. What that means is that Vanguard rules the roost. The firm that pioneered S&P 500 index investing captured about $98 of every $100 invested in American equity funds in 2013, according to an Investment News report based on Morningstar data. How to Play the Trends For investors looking ahead into 2014, the trick is figuring out which trends are cyclical and which are secular and then, if theyre cyclical, figuring out just where we are in the cycle.
US STOCKS-S&P 500 ends flat in wake of Fed minutes
Why Indian stocks? If you’re drawn to China for its massive population of roughly 1.4 billion people, don’t overlook India, with about 1.3 billion and a rapidly growing middle class. Adding international stocks to your portfolio is also good simply for diversification’s sake, and if you’re bullish on India’s future, this ETF focused on Indian stocks is worth consideration. Some Indian stocks had strong performances over the past year. Infosys (NYSE: INFY ) , for example, surged 34%.
Tobacco stocks and Sainsbury weigh on Britain’s FTSE
Ford’s stock rose 1 percent to end at $15.54. That prompted many on Wall Street to say the retailer’s sales may have declined last month. Apollo Education Group Inc shares jumped 14.2 percent to $30.76 after the owner of the University of Phoenix reported a quarterly profit well ahead of Wall Street expectations. The pharmaceutical sector remained a hotbed for mergers and acquisitions. Forest Laboratories agreed to buy privately held specialty pharmaceutical company Aptalis Holdings Inc for about $2.9 billion.
Emerging Stocks Snap Five-Day Drop on Global Growth Prospects
The won extended a rebound from a two-month low. A faster-than-expected expansion in the world economy contrasts with the outlook in October, when the IMF lowered its expectation for the pace of expansion for 2014. Investors also watched data showing that American companies added more workers than projected in December, while German factory orders increased more than economists forecast in November. The global growth backdrop continues to be positive, Maarten-Jan Bakkum, a senior emerging-markets strategist at ING Groep NV in The Hague, said by e-mail.