Before jumping into stocks, ask the right question!

Markets have taken four years to reach records: Where have you been?

Are you getting the urge? Got the itch? To invest heavily in stocks, I mean. And particularly U.S. stocks. You may have heard that the Dow Jones Industrial Average is reaching all-time record highs. So is the S&P 500 Composite Index. If you’re a self-directed investor, you know all about it. Both of these U.S. indexes are probably the most closely followed of all stock market indexes in the world. And with headline-stealing super investor Warren Buffett saying recently that he “feels sorry for people that have clung to fixed-dollar investments,” the temptation to sell all the bonds in your portfolio and flip over to stocks must seem overwhelming. If the money bandwagon is rolling, shouldn’t you be on it?

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