Once you’re done reading the new August issue of the SMI newsletter, check out these recent articles from across the web:
Investors, stop worrying about why ‘nobody’ is worrying (The Wall Street Journal). The WSJ’s Jason Zweig argues that the current period of low volatility isn’t necessarily a harbinger of a bad market to come. But that doesn’t mean you should be complacent.
An important benefit to global investors is back after 20 years (Schwab). This research report, referenced in our August cover article on international investing, highlights a growing non-correlation between the performance of U.S. and foreign stocks.
S&P 500 average change by weekday (Bespoke). Why are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays much better days for market performance than Tuesdays and Thursdays? Your guess is as good as anyone else’s.
Haven’t updated your estate plan in a while? It’s time. (The Wall Street Journal). If it’s been many years since you updated your will, you could end up leaving a mess for your heirs.
Valuable lessons in the finances of a surviving spouse (Marketwatch). A spouse’s death sets in motion several practical (and almost immediate) financial challenges for the widow or widower. It’s best to think through them ahead of time.
And from the blogosphere:
Time spent watching the stock market is time wasted (Abnormal Returns). Spending time watching (and perhaps worrying about) the market? Stop.
The dull days of summer (Bps and Pieces). Making money in a smoothly rising market feels good. But don’t allow yourself to be caught off guard when — not if — the next downturn occurs.
The goldfinch in winter (Epsilon Theory). Diversification, by design, is going to have winners and losers simultaneously.
15 years of bond ETF history in a nutshell (ETF.com). Trust me — this piece on the challenges of “putting fixed-income securities in an ETF wrapper” is much more interesting than it sounds.
The best books on financial market history (A Wealth of Common Sense). No two market environments are exactly the same, but the themes of fear, greed, panic, and euphoria tend to recur. Knowing what has come before can help you stick to your plan.
Have your own favorite book on market history? Or perhaps thoughts on any of the other articles listed above? Talk to us in the comments section.