Stock Market Indexes
As we covered in our last piece, indexes have their uses. They can roughly gauge the mood of a market and its participants. If you’ve got an investment strategy that’s designed to capture that market, you can see how your strategy is doing in comparison... again, roughly. You can also invest in an index fund that tracks an index that tracks that market.
Since nearly every media outlet on the planet reported the news, you probably already know that the Dow Jones Industrial Average topped 20,000 for the first time on January 25, 2017. However, when a popular index like the Dow is on a tear, up or down, what does it really mean to you and your investments?