Among the best stories from Retirement Daily for April 29 - May 3: The high costs of cutting risk, May's best buys, and how Social Security benefits can impact taxes.
People generally operate on the idea that it's good to reduce risk as much as possible. While that may be true for your health and car maintenance, it's not always true for your investments. In a guest column this week headlined The High Costs of Cutting Risk, adviser Larry Stein recalls the sharp pullback in stocks in the last quarter of 2018 and the first quarter of this year and asks, should you have sold stocks to cut risk? In this case, the answer is no. He writes: "Just because the market is falling doesn't mean you should cut risk. In fact, it may be the worst time." He details circumstances in which you should reduce your equity exposure, however, and points out that, generally, long-term investors should use downturns to grab tax losses, capture bargains, and rebalance their portfolios.
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