Ask an expert: Should we fear the fiscal cliff?
MSN Money's Charley Blaine provides a reality check on the budget talks.
While the fiscal cliff has been all market pundits would discuss in recent weeks, the Federal Reserve actions took center stage Wednesday.
Stocks rose to seven-week highs after the Fed announced further stimulus to boost the country's struggling economy and reaffirmed its commitment to low interest rates until the U.S. unemployment rate falls to 6.5%.Does that mean Thursday's headlines will no longer mention the fiscal cliff? Not a chance. But in this video, MSN Money's Charley Blaine provides a reality check on budget concerns and related investment strategies.
Politicians, economists, market experts and anyone who found an audience have been promising financial calamity if elected officials fail to reach a budget deal by their self-imposed deadline. Can it really be all that scary? And what can average investors do to protect themselves?
No doubt, the fiscal cliff is worrisome, Blaine says. The tax increases and spending cuts can have a real impact on the economy. But concerns may be exaggerated, and officials can still have ways around it.
And the smart investment strategy, assuming the parties reach a compromise? Blaine suggests to stick with sound and predictable companies.
The discussion about post-election trading strategies continues over in MSN Money's Facebook community.
Why not just go over the cliff now and feel the pinch instead of later because next time its going to be worst, speaking of the debt, economy, and the purchasing power of the dollar.
REALLY KINDREDHEART! what does it take; lets KISS, if you earn $1000 dollars and you spend $1100, and have your VISA card carry the deficit, how long until the amount on your VISA is max'd out, and the INTEREST is USING up more and more of your earnings!!!
I have 2 neighborhood friends that would be considered RICH by the DEMs definition; they both won SBs; one a plumbing outfit, he has a nicer home, nice truck, boat and a trailer, that he rarely uses because he works 65-70 per week. His wife spends a huge portion of her day, do the accounting books, and getting new business. When in the Heck did you (or those that collect the freebies---chill out with that comment, you know who you are if its you) work EVERYDAY for the last - say - even - 2 years? I doubt it?
Look I HATE the money mongering super rich---and the richest of the bunch OUR POLITICIANS. take a look KINDRED, your precious DEMs are HYPOCRITICAL RICH FAT CATS. HOW EZ IT IS TO PREACH TO OTHERS, WHEN YOU HAVE NO DAMN PLAN TO HAVE THE SAME RULES APPLY TO YOURSELF...
Buying everything right now....Is buying most on the high end of their 52 weeks....
Maybe a few DIP possibilities ??
And some with good fundamentals and guidance, going forward..?
With a reasonable settlement on the "cliff", I would think most of the better equities, could pull off another 5% in a short term rally...IMO.
But the biggest gains have been over the last 3 years, now some of the "cash hoard" holders are increasing divs going forward, OR awarding shareholders with a "one time" return of capital..
To thwart the tax increases on on Cap. Gains or Div increases. going into 2013.
All that have been waiting these last couple years, may get in now, but don't expect stellar appreciation unless you get lucky or a stock has been beaten down because of a bad quarter report.
Wake up America
If the president gives into any of these outrageous demands from the Republicans
In their implacable obsession to make the rich, richer on the back of the middle class, many of us, friends, relatives, and neighbors that are hard core Democrats are saying we will for ever lose our Democrat Base. Its also obvious the Rolling Over of the Democrats one more time on the ridiculous, insidious, and inflexible demands from these fastidious people, wanting more bartering in their favor will terrible undermined the chances of Mrs. Clinton to run for president, and gain the presidency in 2016! We have suffer enough economical stagnation for many years from the dismal political, and erratic socio-economical policies of Bush, and their dismal abuse of the people, in wars, unpaid taxes, lack of proper Big Business, and Banks regulations, disastrous economical expenditures that had brought us to this present fortuitous situation, to this living travesty of the present Fiscal Cliff. The loud voice from all the Democrats around here is that, we nearly lose the country to Bush economical debacles of 2008, we are ready to suffer some more pains not to tolerate any more further abuses of the House of Representatives Tea party, and Republicans in their relentless discard from the millions people’s hunger, and their perpetual discord putting our USA in chains against our wishes for food, and jobs any longer! This time it be much better, to win than losing our honor one more time.
Copyright © 2014 Microsoft. All rights reserved.
Fundamental company data and historical chart data provided by Morningstar Inc. Real-time index quotes and delayed quotes supplied by Morningstar Inc. Quotes delayed by up to 15 minutes, except where indicated otherwise. Fund summary, fund performance and dividend data provided by Morningstar Inc. Analyst recommendations provided by Zacks Investment Research. StockScouter data provided by Verus Analytics. IPO data provided by Hoover's Inc. Index membership data provided by Morningstar Inc.
The company plans to close stores and lay off employees, and says it needs to make some deeper changes.
VIDEO ON MSN MONEY
Top Stocks provides analysis about the most noteworthy stocks in the market each day, combining some of the best content from around the MSN Money site and the rest of the Web.
Contributors include professional investors and journalists affiliated with MSN Money.
Follow us on Twitter @topstocksmsn.