The key to making good investment decisions is through education. People who are already retired should have some of their portfolio allocated to fixed income investments. One decision that you need to make is whether to use mutual funds or individual bonds for your fixed income investments. An advantage to using mutual funds is the diversification they offer, which can be especially beneficial with high yield or junk bonds because you can spread out the default risk.
The "Fear Index" is a nickname that has been given to the volatility index or VIX. The reason it's called the fear index is because it tends to rise in value when investors are nervous and worried about the stock market. The volatility index value is derived from the implied volatility calculation of nearby options on the S&P 500 index. If the implied volatility is low, it means that options prices are relatively inexpensive. Options become inexpensive when there is not a lot of demand for them.
The first quarter of this year was a pretty good one for stocks, even though the market has pulled back a little bit recently from its record high levels. On March 1 the S&P 500 hit an all-time record high of 2,400.98. The total return for the S&P 500 for the quarter was a gain of 6.3 percent. The Dow Jones Industrial Average hit its all-time high on the same day, March 1, at 21,115.55. The Dow was up about 4.5 percent for the quarter. The tech heavy NASDAQ hit a new high on April 3.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".