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Risk tolerance is an investor’s emotional and psychological ability to endure investment losses during large market declines without selling or undue worry, such as losing sleep. To know whether a portfolio is right for your risk tolerance, you need to be brutally honest with yourself as you try to answer the question, "Will I sell during the next bear market?"
Knowing your emotional tolerance for investment risk means knowing yourself and your unique goals and needs - and it is not easy. (more...)
This week in financial history
- 1688 - The earliest known book on the stock market, Joseph Penso de la Vega's Confusion de Confusiones (Confusion of Confusions), appeared when Vega signed a dedication to his dialogues about the Amsterdam stock exchange on May 24, 1688. Source: Joseph de la Vega, Confusion de Confusiones (Baker Library, Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, Cambridge, MA, 1957), pp. xi, 22. available at google digitized
- 1933 - The United States Congress enacted the Securities Act of 1933. The act required that new security offerings be registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and that prospective investors must be provided with a prospectus. Source: Securities Act of 1933
- 2015 - The NASDAQ Composite Index passed the 5100 milestone for the first time in history when it closed at 5106.59. Reaching the 5100 milestone was a long climb back from the 2000 - 2003 dot.com bubble collapse. The NASDAQ Composite breached the 5000 milestone on March 9, 2000. Source: NASDAQ Composite (COMP)
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