Is the Stock Market Doing Great or Has It Barely Budged This Past Year?

You can answer yes to both these questions—it’s a matter of perspective. The important point is to avoid focusing too closely on increasing the safety of your investments because there’s a chance you could increase risk. Listen to Ric Edelman illustrate this point.

An index is a portfolio of specific securities (common examples are the S&P, DJIA, NASDAQ), the performance of which is often used as a benchmark in judging the relative performance of certain asset classes. Indexes are unmanaged portfolios and investors cannot invest directly in an index. Past performance does not guarantee future results.