Trump firing the FBI chief and its comparison to Watergate. North Korea and nukes. The president’s stalled economic agenda. Brexit and the threat to the European Union.While the fire hose of unsettling news runs 24/7 on cable news and social media, not all of it has what it takes to tank stock markets. And that’s why investors must be careful not to overreact to the crisis of the day, Wall Street pros say.“STOP watching TV,” says Brian Belski, chief investment strategist at BMO Capital Markets. “Fear sells and investors and the media are way too short-term focused.”Adds Alan Skrainka, chief investment officer at Cornerstone Wealth Management: “Listening to the 6 o’clock news gets investors off track.”Take some of the recent nerve-racking headlines and the false alarms they set off. The market was supposed to crash after Brexit last June. It didn’t. It was supposed to take a big hit when President Trump was elected. It didn’t. It was supposed to crater when the Fed started raising rates. It didn’t.Instead, stocks kept going up. The Dow Jones industrial average is 14% higher than it was on the day Trump won the White House vote, despite predictions that his win and unpredictable style would sink… Read full this story
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