Investing

Are Vaccine Hopes a Shot in the Arm for the Markets?

Financial markets have posted notable gains month to date.  And market optimism concerning the US elections has been amplified this week by hopes for a COVID vaccine.  A key question for investors now is whether news of a vaccine will be enough to push risk assets higher through year-end, even as accelerating COVID infection rates threaten an already fragile economic recovery. Without a doubt, the news of a means to quell the spread of this year’s deadly virus is a…

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Four Ways to Prepare for Heightened Market Volatility

Many investors know that managing volatility is central to achieving essential financial goals. But how much should you worry about volatility, and what can you do to prepare for it? Volatility represents the ups and downs of asset prices over time. And quite often it’s not the volatility that you should be worried about as it is periods of heightened market volatility.  What’s more, human expectations about the future tend to influence asset price movements. And it’s during periods of…