Raise retirement fund contributions to recoup losses

The Ticker

November 28, 2001|By JULIUS WESTHEIMER

NOTES, QUOTES and suggestions about your money:

"Most participants in 401(k)s rode out the market decline last year without altering allocations. Participants on average invested 75 percent in stocks." (Employee Benefit Research Institute)

"There's no such thing as risk-free investing. When you buy stocks, you take the chance your money will disappear. Yet by leaving money in the bank, you almost guarantee that your buying power will diminish." (Money magazine)

"REITS [real estate investment trusts] are traditionally the most resilient investments during sudden market corrections." (The Natural Contrarian)

"Treasury Inflation Protected Securities [TIPS] are a good bet against rising living costs. These government guaranteed bonds rise in price with inflation." (Mary Anne & Pamela Aden's Forecast)

"Boosting your retirement plan contributions is the only sure way to make up for the losses of the past two years." (Bloomberg's Personal Finance Magazine)

WALL STREET WATCH: "Excesses of the 1990s must be adjusted. The market bubble can't be reinflated, at least not long-term. The day of reckoning always comes. You don't get something for nothing." (Sovereign Strategist, in this week's Barron's)

"Bad news abounds. Start buying now!" (Cabot Market Letter)

"Dow Jones 10,000 was an important support/resistance level, and halted the advance again. Several indicators show an overbought condition, plus classic signs of a top." (McClellan Market Report)

"There's a madman loose, threatening to do all kinds of things. Yet the market rallies. And, as we all know, the market is always right. The question is - how much higher can it go?" (Barry's Bulls)

"Opportunity awaits investors who are willing to embrace risks of short-term uncertainty, and who have a long-term investment horizon. We are on the road to recovery." (Spencer Clarke Market Update)

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