Here's our weekly collection of worth-reading articles from around the web:
What to do with stocks if the U.S. and North Korea go to war (MarketWatch). The estimable Mark Hulbert notes that "doing nothing is almost always the best investment strategy during a geopolitical crisis."
Investing short-term when stocks hit records? Imagine a painful drop (The New York Times). Trying to figure out all the various "what ifs" isn't easy. MoneyGuidePro® (available to SMI Premium-level members) can help.
What to consider before you buy an emerging-markets fund (The Wall Street Journal). More on a topic discussed in our current cover story, "Diversifying Abroad: A Primer on International Investing."
Bitcoin soars to record as buyers look beyond miners' split (Bloomberg). Everyone seems to be talking about bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. (Even a guy from the local thrift shop who came to my house to pick up an old chair asked me about them!) Here's the latest on what some are now calling a mania.
Aug. 9, 2007: The day the mortgage crisis went global (The Wall Street Journal). Sometimes one thing leads to another. (NOTE: Article is behind paywall. If you're not a WSJ subscriber, access it via this Twitter link.)
And from the blogosphere...
The biggest common investment errors (A Wealth of Common Sense). The only benchmark that should matter? Whether you are able to achieve your financial goals. After all, that's why you're investing in the first place.
The constants (Pension Partners). Don't approach the markets in the same way you'd approach a problem in math or physics. There is no "right" answer.
Safety net: 10 questions to ask (Humble Dollar). How much of a financial safety net do you need? It depends on your age, employment situation, and overall financial health.
Greed isn’t good (AVC). There's nothing wrong with earning a profit, but when profit-seeking turns to greed, bad things happen.
Bank Deals blog (Deposit Accounts). If you're shopping for the best savings rates — on regular savings accounts, MMAs, and/or CDs — this is the place to check.
Want to weigh in on any of the above? We welcome your comments.