Many people say that we are about to enter into a bear market. That the party is over and red ink stains will mark the financial statements of several companies. There are a lot of US banks that grant loans to individuals who cannot repay them. Everybody was so confident in the economy that they simply give away their money without looking at the person they were lending to.
We recently noticed Arab and Asian financial groups injecting 60 billion dollars in the
Unfortunately, financial institutions are always considered to be a strong figure on the stock markets. Therefore, if they are going down, they might drag several other industries and maybe the whole market with them. Is it the time to panic and sell? I don’t think so. In fact, it is the time to remember the reasons why you bought the stocks and mutual funds in your portfolio because you will need to convince yourself that their potential is real.
Several investors, including myself, have the very bad habit of looking at their portfolio on daily or weekly basis. This is basically the best recipe to start panicking. If you are like me, you sit on your computer every evening (or morning) and look at what the market has done over the past 24 hours. As stock markets are less stable than a maniac-depressive person, this is enough to make you want taking some Paccil!
If you invest with a time horizon of more than five years, you should not be worried of the daily fluctuation of your portfolio. As I said before, simply write down the reasons why you bought the investments that you are holding and look at your investment less periodically. There is no point of going back and forth with your investments; you will simply lose more money!
If you invest with a time horizon of less than five years, maybe you should not have to look at the market this way. Fixed income and highly conservative funds should be held in your portfolio. It may be the time to review your asset allocation!
Overall, the key point is to keep a steady investment strategy no matter how the markets react (or how you react to the markets!). Sometimes, it may take a few years before you can see the light, especially if you started investing at the peak of the market as we are right now!
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