If you want to fare well during big pullbacks, it's best to have a plan in place in advance, and understand what's going on both in the market and in your head.
Stocks dropped for a second straight week last week, as both the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES: ^DJI) and the S&P 500 (SNPINDEX: ^GSPC) shed less than 1%. Earnings season continues with fresh earnings reports from several retailers over the next few trading days. Let's take a closer look at some highly anticipated announcements from this list, by Costco (NASDAQ: COST), Nike (NYSE: NKE), and Stitch Fix (NASDAQ: SFIX).
With the stock market hovering around an all-time high, risk-averse investors may be looking for safer investments that can generate income even if there's a market downturn. Dividend Aristocrats, which are members of the S&P 500 that have raised their annual payouts for at least 25 consecutive years, tend to be large and often stodgy companies. Although prone to underperforming a growth-orientated market like the one we are in, these companies offer consistent and reliable performance with a track record you can count on.