For Women Who Want The Ballerific Life!
I will admit I do not know a lot about the stock market but I do have an etrade account. I had it for quite sometime. I lost a lot of money back in 2008 when the stock market basically crashed. I stop putting money in the account after that. Now that I am putting money back in the account monthly I am trying to learn more about investing. Last week with all the debt/credit talk (which I still don't understand)...the market plummeted on Friday causing people to lose a lot of money. I ran across this article on Black Enterprise this morning and wanted to share it with my ballerific women that invest.
Here are five ways to upgrade your investments while the nation deals with the debt downgrade:
- DON’T PANIC: Our rule-of-thumb: engage in disciplined, long-term investing. It’s true the past can never fully predict future outcomes but it serves as a valuable reference. Note that the stock market crash of 2008 extended to two months of 2009 before equities began to rebound. Between the Great Recession market low of 6,547 on March 9, 2009 to the post-crisis market high of 12,810 0n April 21, 2011, the Dow posted a spectacular 95% gain in a two-year period.
- LOOK FOR DIVIDEND STOCKS: With increasingly unpredictable environment, consider purchasing shares of companies that make cash distributions to shareholders on a quarterly basis. These stocks tend to be high-quality blue chips that can provide you with additional cash flow from a yield of 2% to 3% . Also, the capital gains taxes on qualified dividends are no higher than 15%.
- TAKE ADVANTAGE OF 401(k) PLANS: In our recent August issue, BLACK ENTERPRISE CEO Earl G. “Butch” Graves, Jr. stresses the value of contributing to employer-sponsored 401(k) and 401(b) plans in his Executive Memo column. For good reason, it’s a systematic way to build your retirement nest egg. As many of you know, funds are deducted from your paycheck and you get to invest in an array of investment offerings with tax-free dollars. An added bonus is that in many cases your employer will match a portion of your contribution—the maximum is currently $18,500 per year. By doing so, you benefit from dollar cost averaging—the process of investing equal dollar amounts at regular intervals—which enables you to purchase more shares of quality companies when the stock price drops, a likely event in today’s capricious market. Since these tax-deferred vehicles are designed for retirement, you’ll face stiff penalties and tax liabilities if you withdraw funds before age 59 1/2.
- GO INTERNATIONAL BUT BE PICKY: In diversifying your portfolio, you should still get some foreign exposure. Among our recommended financial power moves is making investments in emerging markets like China and India through mutual funds. Experts suggest such vehicles represent no more than 10% of your holdings, however.
- GET DEFENSIVE. Identify recession-resistant stocks. Companies in sectors such as pharmaceuticals, personal care, household products, food and consumer staples—products consumers purchase in economies weak or strong—will offer some portfolio stability.
Tone, the real estate bubble has burst and it will take decades for real estate values to return. Commodities like gold, silver, platinum & palladium are real indicators of US wealth. Real estate values will drop across the board.
Right now, mortgage rates are so low because of the Fed maintaining a very low interest rate. We should really have a 10%+ interest rate and everything should go up in order to have the market correct itself.
I actually invested in stocks that support colleges, like McGraw-Hill & Texas Instruments. They seem to always raise profits every year, including 08 & 09.