Every so often, a well-intentioned investor will ask the question, “why is my portfolio not up as much as the market?” When referring to “the market,” most investors are referring to the S&P 500 Index or a similar index that represents the stock market’s performance. Continue reading “Why is My Portfolio Not Up as Much as the Market?”
The strong rise in the stock market, led by big gains in the financials, energy, and industrials sectors, has dominated the news recently. Dubbed by some as the “Trump Rally,” widespread anticipation of less regulation, lower taxes, and pro-growth policies have pushed major stock indexes to record highs. While the most aggressive, risk-on investors have reaped the full scope of these gains, the effects on the retirement and brokerage accounts of the average investor have been more moderate. The reason why is simple.
With great risk comes great reward – and it’s no different in the world of investing. Today’s investors are increasingly taking on more risk though, in the form of owning more stocks, in order to achieve a higher return on their investments. According to A Wealth of Common Sense, a blog by Ben Carlson, investors now own about as much stocks as they did at the market peak in 2007. Here are some reasons why investors are increasing the equity exposure in their portfolios today: