Investment Strategy


  • Switching to Cash May Feel Safe, but Risks Remain Thursday, 9 Oct 2008 | 11:36 AM ET

    Is this a good time to put all your investments in cash, just for a little while, until things calm down? Almost certainly not.

  • Is It Dow 8,500 Now? Thursday, 9 Oct 2008 | 9:40 AM ET

    Back in July I referenced the old journalism joke about two-points making a trend and pointed out two experts mentioned Dow 9,500. I sort of laughed it off at the time but, well, what a difference a couple of months makes, huh?

  • S&P futures are up 19 points, and while many think this is because Treasury is actively shopping the idea they will take an ownership stake in U.S. banks, bear in mind that the market now routinely swings in 20 plus point ranges in a day, and often overnight, so futures up 15 is not even unusual any more.

  • What the Pros Say: All that Glitters is Gold Thursday, 9 Oct 2008 | 8:30 AM ET

    Markets rebounded on Thursday after the previous day's rocky ride, but where can investors seek refuge?

  • Web Extra: Finding the Right Money Mix Wednesday, 8 Oct 2008 | 9:55 PM ET

    How risky can you be with your investment strategy if you're decades from retirement?

  • Paulson To Blame For Late Sell-Off? Read This First Wednesday, 8 Oct 2008 | 4:54 PM ET

    Late in the day Treasury Secretary Paulson did disappoint traders by saying it would take several weeks before Treasury would buy assets, but he also mentioned the powers to inject capital into financial institutions that the Treasury now has.

  • The Super-Bear Market Wednesday, 8 Oct 2008 | 3:21 PM ET

    This market is now a bear-within-a-bear: The S&P 500 have given up 20 percent since Sept. 1, 2008. About 30 S&P stocks are down by 50 percent or more. See the stats — and the biggest losers.

  • When to Fire Your Fund Manager Wednesday, 8 Oct 2008 | 2:53 PM ET

    Also, Carmen offers advice on when it's time to get out of your investments altogether.

  • Why Stock Traders Are Fixed On Bond Market Wednesday, 8 Oct 2008 | 2:46 PM ET

    Four observations: 1) Markets rallied midday on comments from Mr. Trichet in Europe-he said they would "take appropriate decisions at any time." Traders interpret this to mean that Mr. Trichet is now clearly in the rate cut camp, and to providing "unlimited" liquidity.

  • Global Rate Cuts Gave Markets Few Minutes of Joy Wednesday, 8 Oct 2008 | 11:50 AM ET

    Now What? Traders are holding out hope for capitulation. That could come anytime, but it doesn't have to be this week or even next week. The big fear? The snow balling affect of fund redemptions will keep the selling pressure on.

  • Retail Numbers--A Closer Look Wednesday, 8 Oct 2008 | 10:49 AM ET

    Due to the Yom Kippur holiday tomorrow, a number of retailers are reporting September same store sales a day early. In general, discounters (ex-Target) outperformed, so Wal-Mart, Costco BJ, and Fred's all did fairly well.

  • What the Pros Say: Will Rate Cuts Work? Wednesday, 8 Oct 2008 | 9:50 AM ET

    The Federal Reserve led a global interest rate cut Wednesday along with the central banks of the UK, European Union, Switzerland, Sweden, and Canada.

  • Traders: Rate Cut Should Have Been Later In Day Wednesday, 8 Oct 2008 | 9:09 AM ET

    After closing at 1029, S&P Futures traded as low as 962 until the early morning, then rallied to as high as 1043 when the coordinated rate cut of half a point was announced, then moved all the way back down.

  • What the Pros Say: Is Anywhere Safe? Wednesday, 8 Oct 2008 | 8:50 AM ET

    Stock markets around the world continued to tumble. As investors bail out of stocks, where can investors look for more safety?

  • Did the Ban on Short-Selling Make a Difference? Wednesday, 8 Oct 2008 | 4:29 AM ET

    Nearly three weeks ago, regulators abruptly banned short sales of financial stocks to protect companies that had come under siege in the stock market. Short-sellers, critics said, had contributed to the declines by betting against the companies’ shares, the New York Times reported.

  • This Is Not the Great Depression II Tuesday, 7 Oct 2008 | 5:14 PM ET

    But that doesn't mean you can't learn some important lessons from the past. Carmen explains some simple truths to remember in this madness.

  • Question Asked: Why Own Stocks Right Now? (Update) Tuesday, 7 Oct 2008 | 4:08 PM ET

    Stocks fell apart going into the close. For those watching technicals, we took out yesterday's lows. So what's the issue?

  • Wrestling With The 'P. Diddy Market' Tuesday, 7 Oct 2008 | 3:57 PM ET

    How discouraging was today's midday drop to traders? "Why even play?" one trader said to me. "This is what I call the 'P. Diddy market'...You'd save money by doing the Diddy: renting a yacht, and sailing it full of party people, come back in a month or two, and you would have saved money." Cynical, huh? But that's the way the Street has become...

  • Stock Picker: The Real Danger is Inflation! Tuesday, 7 Oct 2008 | 3:33 PM ET

    Inflation backlash?! That's what Rob Lutts predicts. So the founder and CIO of Cabot Money Management suggests preparing an anti-inflation strategy: gold ETFs and stocks.

  • Financial Plays in a Volatile Market Tuesday, 7 Oct 2008 | 1:07 PM ET

    Financial stocks continue to take a beating, but Anton Schutz, portfolio manager of Mendon Capital, sees opportunities in financials with “too much capital.”