Stocks Are Tanking: What You Need to Know Now

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It’s looking scary out there.

Since mid-August, the S&P 500 has dropped 14%; the tech-heavy Nasdaq composite, 17%.

One of the reasons behind the rout: interest rates. They’re rising at the fastest clip in decades. When this year began, the interest rate on two-year Treasury bonds was 0.75%. Now it’s 4.2%.

So, is it time to bargain shop, or time to panic? Should you sell stocks and buy bonds?

These are two of many questions we attempt to answer in this podcast special.

As usual, host Stacy Johnson is joined by financial journalist Miranda Marquit. Listening in and sometimes contributing is producer Aaron Freeman. Today’s special guest is Jason Vitug, a former bank executive and financial wellness expert.

Remember, even though we sometimes talk about specific investments on this show, don’t take them as recommendations. Before investing in anything or making any money moves, do your research and make your own informed decisions.

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What’s going on with the stock market?

The Federal Reserve hiked rates again on Sept. 21, bringing the target federal funds rate to its highest level since 2008. It’s fairly common for the stock market to pull back when the Fed raises rates. The stock market will likely struggle with more hikes expected in the coming months. So, what should you do?

How to invest when the stock market is down

We talk about staying the course and sticking with your plan. However, if you’re concerned, there are other choices.

What are we investing in?

We also talk about what’s on sale, and how you might be able to get a good deal on some solid stocks. We haven’t pulled the trigger yet — it’s a bit early for that — but here are a few we’re interested in:

  • Disney (DIS)
  • Meta (F)
  • Apple (AAPL)
  • Alphabet (GOOG)
  • Microsoft (MSFT)

We also talk about investing in semiconductor companies and the pharmaceutical sector. We spend some time talking about dividend stocks as well. If you want to learn more about that, check out the podcast episode on dividend investing.

Meet this week’s guest, Jason Vitug

Jason Vitug / Money Talks News

Jason Vitug is an award-winning creator, author, speaker, entrepreneur and producer. He is the founder of the personal finance website, creator of the Road to Financial Wellness and champion of #theSmileLifestyle, a community devoted to experiential and purposeful living.

Jason is the author of the bestselling and New York Times-reviewed book “You Only Live Once: The Roadmap to Financial Wellness and a Purposeful Life.” His TEDx about breaking the money taboo is one of the most-viewed talks on money.

In his previous life, Jason was a nationally recognized credit union executive championing financial wellness. He currently works with Fortune 500 companies, credit unions, community banks and fintech startups on wellness initiatives.

Jason received his bachelor’s at Rutgers University and MBA at Norwich University. He’s an avid traveler, having been in all U.S. states, explored 45 countries and stepped foot on five continents. He is also a certified yoga teacher and breathwork specialist.

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About the hosts

Stacy Johnson founded Money Talks News in 1991. He’s a CPA, and has also earned licenses in stocks, commodities, options principal, mutual funds, life insurance, securities supervisor and real estate.

Miranda Marquit, MBA, is a financial expert, writer and speaker. She’s been covering personal finance and investing topics for almost 20 years. When not writing and podcasting, she enjoys travel, reading and the outdoors.

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