March is the time of year that stirs images of the earth turning green, flowers blooming, and soon enjoying all that summer has to offer. March also means spring break. While I eagerly look forward to warmer days, spring break growing up in my family was about our annual trip to Colorado to go skiing! Downhill skiing is one of the activities I enjoy most so I was thrilled to h
The recent market volatility continued in February with an initial sharp decline to a low on February 11 followed by a second-half of the month recovery for most major stock indexes. The net effect of the wild ride was that the S&P 500 ended the month just slightly lower for its third straight monthly decline, though not nearly of the magnitude of the sharp selloffs in December and January.
After a volatile six month period for the market, investors may be a little concerned and surprised by the daily ups and downs. After all, bear markets have been in hibernation since 2009 and volatility has been low since the 2011 U.S. budget crisis. Now that bear markets have emerged in many parts of the world and U.S.