Handling the Bear

Whether you or certain pundits want to acknowledge it or not, we are in a bear market at a moment. What does that mean? It means the markets have fallen–for an official bear market the prices need to fall at least 20%–and investor sentiment reflects that downturn. You’re probably familiar with the term and understand it to be the opposite of a bull market, which is what we were in up until early March. In short, a bull market means things are on an upswing. A bear market is tough to stomach, particularly when it’s not clear when exactly things Continue reading Handling the Bear

When Investing, Be Sure to Look at Both Sides

If you follow the markets and investing, then you are probably aware of the terms “bull” and “bear” when describing their projected activity. A “bullish” market is on the upswing, while a “bearish” market is in decline over a period of time. This is important because given how the stock market has performed over the past year or so, it’s not very clear as to where exactly things stand, so you will likely have people with various views and opinions about whether it’s a bear or bull situation. You may even find yourself feeling strongly about one trend or the Continue reading When Investing, Be Sure to Look at Both Sides