5 Steps to Take Now Against Volatile Markets

After enjoying a decade long stock market rally, investors may be complacent about returns. But now may be the time to rebalance your portfolio

Christine Benz 21 August, 2017 | 8:28AM
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Some investors have become complacent about stock market returns following years of positive performance. But what goes up can come down; so now may be a good time to review your asset allocation in your portfolio.

This year has been a remarkably placid one for investors so far, but tense communications between the United States and North Korea has some pundits discussing whether geopolitical worries could be the catalyst for the long-anticipated market sell-off.

As always, it is near impossible to predict short-term market movements. But the length and breadth of the current stock market rally make it a good time to revisit portfolio allocations. Well-meaning investors who are practising a buy-and-hold strategy can end up, inadvertently, with an investment mix that is riskier than their appetite because they have let their winners run.

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Christine Benz

Christine Benz  is director of personal finance at Morningstar and author of 30-Minute Money Solutions: A Step-by-Step Guide to Managing Your Finances.