This practice can help manage volatility because not all stocks move the same way when the broader market swings. It also prevents a big drop in a single security from inflicting major damage on an account. And perhaps most important, diversification can reduce the kind of bad emotional reactions that happen when accounts swing in value.
The S&P 500 plunged 3.3 percent between Friday, January 22, and Friday, January 29. It was the biggest weekly decline since October, with 85 percent of the index’s members losing value. The selloff also dragged stocks into negative territory on a year-to-date basis.
Stocks begin 2021 on a strong note as investors look for the global recovery to accelerate and prepare for a busy month of news and events.
(Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech at an annual meeting of the Boao Forum for Asia in Boao, in the southern Chinese province of Hainan, in this photo taken by Kyodo April 10, 2018. Kyodo/via REUTERS)
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