In addition, the U.S. Federal Reserve's decision to taper or not remains at the forefront of investors' minds. Friday's August jobs report might provide more clarity on the central's bank next move, which will be shared - or again teased - at the Sept. 17-18 Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting.
And amid all this uncertainty, the market's fear gauge spiked.
That's why Money Morning last week featured a number of moves investors can make to weather the uncertainty. In case you missed them, we've highlighted below the best investments and stocks to buy now given new and continuing market factors:
- The present bull market is looking old and tired at 54 months, a full 11 months longer than the average bull market run since 1953. Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald calls it the most unloved bull market in history. But there's no need to completely flee the market if you know the right moves to make. That's why we covered how to invest amid a market correction, plus how to invest in today's volatility.
- Money Morning Executive Editor William Patalon III rang up in-house energy expert Dr. Kent Moors to get the scoop on what investors need to do in the midst of mounting Middle East unrest. Moors, who runs our Energy Advantage advisory service, is one of best-connected insiders in the world's energy sector. He says investors should prepare themselves for the instability and continued surges in energy that will likely linger from a prolonged conflict.
- Speaking of moves to make right now, Money Morning's Global Investing & Income Strategist Robert Hsu warns investors to immediately find out how much exposure they have to real estate investment trusts (REITs), and in particular, mortgage REITs. You see, with mortgage rates spiking, REITs have come under pressure as worries grow that higher financing costs and rising capitalization rates (which often lead to lower property values) will weigh on the sector. A number of these investment vehicles are down some 24% to 30% in less than five months. Hsu cautions it is going to get a lot worse. That's why he's waving a red flag. Everyone needs to take note because practically every "properly diversified" portfolio, from exchange-traded funds to target funds to variable annuities, cashes dividend checks from these REITs. The good news - there is one REIT that still allows you to safely profit. Get the full story.