When investors are looking for the best place to invest their money, they attempt to avoid the pain, the pain of down markets. Given the high volatility of the stock market many investors are avoiding placing their money in equities. They are looking for guarantees, ie, annuities, cash, CDs, bonds, etc.
Many others are seeking ‘experts’ to tell them when to get in and out of the market, which is market timing. As an example, many investors missed the latest market advance because the ‘experts’ said the market would decline if Trump were elected. This of course did not happen.
The equity markets will have down periods and these ’experts’ will blame somebody or something.
Others investors are looking for the next hot stock or hot asset class. Still others are looking for the hottest fund manager or track record investing.
What all these people are looking for is someone to predict the future.
All this is the result of us looking to avoid risk or loss of principal. All these efforts are sadly wasted because all markets are random and unpredictable.
There are different risks in all assets classes whether it’s stocks or annuities or CDs or cash or bonds or even gold. No matter where you put your money there is risk involved.
If you invest in the stock market, no one can “save” you from the down periods—NO ONE. If markets were not random and unpredictable, they wouldn’t offer higher expected returns. Markets randomly and unpredictably go up and down.
If there were no down markets, equities would not produce good returns long term.
The cost of capital results in good returns, over time. The stock market is efficient enough that no one can predict the future. By efficient I mean all the knowable information is already in the price of the security. Only new and unknowable information change prices in the future.
Anyone who tells you what will happen in the future is trying to fool you and perhaps fool themselves. The media Is full of financial pornography trying to sell you their product(s). Each season there is a new prediction. As an investor you must avoid the temptation to believe these hawkers.
To succeed long term you must develop a prudent strategy with the appropriate risk level and remain disciplined.
You must own equities……globally diversify…..rebalance.