Predictions…What Are They Good For?

Absolutely nothing.

Each day I hear new predictions on what to expect next.

  • The Dow will reach 60,000 within 10 years
  • The Dow will reach 28,000 within 5 years
  • The Dow will crash to 5,000
  • It’s the end of America because we cannot recover from all this debt
    English: Wall Street sign on Wall Street
    English: Wall Street sign on Wall Street (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
  • And on and on….

These predictions like all the others are good for absolutely nothing. Expect perhaps for the predictor to sell you the perfect product to take advantage of their prediction. The Wall Street bullies have a vested interest in keeping your money on the move. In many cases these bullies will develop the fear to generate additional income.

Investors are constantly looking for predictions because they want stock market returns with treasury bill risk. What they get is treasury bill return with stock market risk. We are all looking to avoid pain and seek pleasure.

Personally, I work out regularly. It keeps me in shape and focused. There is one saying that sticks with me, ‘No pain….no gain’. Well for investors that allow their emotions to guide their investment decisions and avoid risk during down turns I have a similar saying…

‘short term gain ….long term pain’.

If you allow the Wall Street bullies to guide your investment decisions you may experience the short term gains like the avoidance of a downturn or the exhilaration of a hot stock or asset class. In the long term you will suffer because your portfolio lacked diversification AND discipline.

Like everything in life someone will get lucky and make a correct prediction.

And of course, past performance is no indication of future results.

Unfortunately, we as investors have no idea whose prediction will be right. The efficient market hypothesis says all the knowable information about a particular investment is already in the price right now.

This is due to the fact that the markets are random and unpredictable.

Many of you may be saying…’Tony you say the same thing week after week’. Well you would be right, because no matter how many times the same pattern repeats investors make the same mistakes over and over. So my message will be repeated over and over. This is what coaches do.

Coaches work with you to develop a ‘game’ plan or in technical terms the Investment Policy Statement. As with all plans it is a meaningless exercise if you develop your plan and never implement it. Or follow the plan for a while and then when things change for the worse abandon the plans.

This is where your investor coach really exhibits their value to you and your financial future.

With a solid game plan in place your coach will keep you focused on the long term and remain disciplined.

The opposing team may come up with a ‘trick’ play and score and perhaps win the game. This is due to luck and not skill.  However, with a solid game plan and discipline you will win in the long term.

Remember the three simple rules of investing…although simple difficult to follow:

  • Own equities
  • Globally diversify
  • Rebalance

Stop being a victim of the Wall Street bullies. Stop looking for predictions. Do find an investor coach to guide you to a successful plan.

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