U.S. Equities: “The Best House in a Bad Neighbourhood”

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In the U.S., some are calling it the worst financial crisis in decades. Even in Canada, we hear about it every day: foreclosures, unemployment, corporate corruption, bankruptcy and general economic decline. In the stock market, that all adds up to one thing – the big “V” or volatility – and often of the extreme variety. When portfolios start losing value and the news offers up little more than doom and gloom, it can be enough to make you want to get into bed, pull the covers over your head, and stay there until it all blows over. Which, as it turns out, isn’t far from what a lot of investors have been doing.

But just because the stock market is increasingly starting to feel like the wrong side of the tracks doesn’t mean it’s time to move on to another investment. That’s because in many cases, a bad market provides good opportunities – ones that you aren’t likely to find in other types of investments. And while you don’t have to invest in U.S. stocks, of all the markets out there they still provide one of the best opportunities for investors. Think of it akin to buying the best house in a bad neighbourhood. You need somewhere to park your assets, and no matter what’s going on outside, you’ll still be safer, warmer and happier than your neighbours. Read more in my new post on GoldenGirlFinance.ca: http://bit.ly/OkPXfx

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