The Secret to Long-Term Investing

Season 2 Episode 46

The Secret to Long-Term Investing

Today, it seems like we’re constantly bombarded with negative news about economic or geopolitical events – all of which can cause stress, anxiety and fear. And for some people, that fear, combined with the volatility we often see around these events, may cause them to get out of the stock market. In this episode of Edelman Financial Engines’ Everyday Wealth™, Jean and wealth planners Andy Smith and Isabel Barrow talk about why that’s almost always the wrong move, and how having a long-term investment strategy can help you avoid obsessing over short-term volatility, while keeping you focused on achieving your financial goals.

Then, Jean talks with David Berube, a professor of communications at North Carolina State University, about how the media often distorts events negatively using sensationalism and why they have an incentive to do so, and how to evaluate the validity of a media source and cut through all the “noise.”


Ms. Chatzky receives cash compensation for acting as host of the Everyday Wealth podcast and for related activities and therefore has an incentive to endorse Edelman Financial Engines and its planners. That compensation is a fixed sum paid on an annual basis; and reimbursement for certain expenses. The amount paid each year does not vary, is not based on show content or any results-dependent factors (e.g., popularity of the show).

The information being provided is for informational and educational purposes only and should not be construed as investment advice. Although some of the statistical and market information has been gathered from sources believed to be reliable, we do not guarantee its accuracy or completeness. You should consult with a financial advisor to help determine the best options for your particular circumstances.

Investing strategies, such as asset allocation, diversification or rebalancing, do not ensure or guarantee better performance and cannot eliminate the risk of investment losses. All investments have inherent risks, including loss of principal. There are no guarantees that a portfolio employing these or any other strategy will outperform a portfolio that does not engage in such strategies. Past performance does not guarantee future results.

The views and opinions expressed by David Berube, a Professor of Communications at North Carolina State University, are solely his own and may not reflect the views or opinions of EFE or its planners.

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Meet the Host: Jean Chatzky

Jean Chatzky came to personal finance not as an economist or a financial planner but as a journalist who dug into the topic of money to get her own money in order as well as to earn a paycheck. She has the innate ability to take the complicated world of money and explain it in ways we can all understand. And this has never been more important than now because we all have more responsibility for our financial lives than any generation that came before us. Aside from hosting Everyday Wealth™, Jean is the CEO of and host of the podcast HerMoney with Jean Chatzky. The financial editor of NBC's TODAY show for 25 years and the financial ambassador for AARP, she appears frequently on CNN and MSNBC and was a recurring guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show. She is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author.