Market Q & A
Q What should I do with my investment portfolio?
A Of the portion of your portfolio committed to equities for the long haul, hold 2% to 6% in a short-term bond fund. With the remaining 94% to 98%, emphasize attractively valued stocks supported by solid growth outlooks, like the stocks on our buy lists. Near-term volatility would not be surprising, but we would view pullbacks in recent leaders like Cognizant Technology ($83; CTSH) and Mylan ($39; MYL) as buying opportunities.
The last confirmed signal under the Dow Theory was the Sept. 18 reconfirmation of the bullish primary trend, and a pullback after such a move to new highs is not unusual. While the average U.S. stock is no longer cheap, we are still finding high-quality names with decent upside potential.