How to invest: 10 ways to win big in stocks and bonds
Posted March 13, 2018 08:15:33For many investors, it can be tempting to invest in stocks or bonds based on the idea that they’ll deliver long-term returns.
But what if you were wrong?
It turns out that this isn’t always the case.
While there are some stocks and bond funds that are profitable for longer periods, many others can deliver returns in the short-term but are just as risky as the more profitable ones.
What to look for in a stock or bond fund?
The simplest way to tell if a stock will deliver long term returns is to compare its price to the S&P 500 index over the past year.
If the S &A index has been rising for the past two years, you should probably buy a stock.
But if it has fallen over the last two years then you should not.
In the case of bonds, it’s important to look at the yield on the 10-year Treasury note, the benchmark of interest rates.
If it’s more than 10% higher than the S and P you’re likely to be better off investing in a bond fund.
In many cases, you can buy a bond on a short- or long-dated basis and then sell it at a profit later on in the market.
In fact, if you’re interested in investing in bonds, the best place to start is at a bond index fund that tracks the 10 most recent bond auctions.
The S&s index has historically been one of the most popular options, and it is now the largest U.S. equity market index, according to Bloomberg.
But it also has the biggest short- and long-duration volatility, according the SaaS Investor website.
For example, the S-shaped index fell from its peak in the mid-1990s, peaking at about 3% in 1993 and then declining to around 1% in 2008.
But the last time the index hit a record low was in December 2011, and that was only a week after the stock market crashed.
That was when the market was down nearly 20%.
The S &s index declined more than 25% over the next 18 months.
A similar scenario is happening now.
The S&ams index is trading around 3% below its peak and is currently down 5.9%.
The longer-term trend is in the opposite direction.
The index is down more than 6% over recent years and is now down 2.9% since the recession.