Market Reflections for Third Quarter 2017

The third quarter of 2017 saw equity and fixed-income markets continue their upward momentum, both here in the U.S. and abroad. It has been a banner year thus far for risk assets, by most measures. In September, the Federal Reserve announced a much-anticipated plan to begin the unwinding of its balance sheet (starting in October) and stood pat on interest rates. This news was digested with little market agitation. Overall, the third quarter was relatively smooth in terms of volatility, despite devastating hurricanes and escalating political tensions around North Korea.

How to Determine Your Risk Tolerance in the Market

We all know that the market is volatile. There are a lot of ups, downs and unexpected events, which is why the market is often compared to a roller coaster. And like roller coasters, some of us are comfortable with or even enjoy the thrill, while others prefer a less frightening and more stable ride. Being invested in the market is an emotional experience and carries with it a degree of risk. We all want to make money and see our investments soar. But we have to ask ourselves: Are we willing to take on risk in order to achieve those returns?


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