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Michael Patton Advising: Playing Defense – Three Stock Strategies to Help Control Risk
Defensive stock strategies can help a portfolio better weather an economic downturn or bouts of market volatility without sacrificing all the growth potential of equities. If you are nearing retirement or just want to lower your risk exposure, these strategies may help you manage risk while maintaining an appropriate equity portfolio.
All stocks are volatile to some degree, but some have been less volatile historically than others. Mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) labeled “minimum volatility” or “low volatility” are constructed with an eye toward managing volatility.
One commonly used measure of a stock or stock fund’s volatility is beta, which is typically published with other information about an investment.
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