Profit On Turmoil

If you invest steadily each month in stocks, jumpy markets can actually boost your returns

These are nutty days on Wall Street, and you can hardly be blamed for thinking about shifting your investments into something safe, like a money-market fund--if not the mattress. The esteemed Warren Buffett revealed last Monday that he had recently sold more than $5 billion in bonds. Presumably, that money is now parked somewhere secure while he hunts for bargains--if he hasn't already found them in the wake of last Tuesday's stock-market dive. Bully for him. But remember that he's a billionaire investment god. Mere mortals don't have his eye for value, nor can they easily summon the discipline to "buy...

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