The Stock Market, Investments, and Investing Thread
(09-07-2020, 02:47 PM)WombRaider Wrote: I don't understand why anyone tries to time the market. If any one of us could predict a pullback, a crash, etc., then 100,000 Wall Street traders and analysts could also predict it. And they could do it much more accurately than we could, with their state-of-the-art models and software. And yet, they can't predict the market. Overall, index funds consistently outperform actively managed funds.

I say put your money in index funds and don't mess with it. You take a beating every now and then, but in the long run that doesn't matter.

Trying to time the market is a fool's errand.

If you buy and hold you only have to be right once.

If you're trading, you have to be right several times in selling the top AND buying the bottom.

Easier said than done.

There's plenty of research that already conclusively shows that the majority of active fund managers can't beat their benchmarks over long-term periods. If the pros can't do it, then you or I very likely won't either.

Team buy and hold.
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RE: The Stock Market, Investments, and Investing Thread - by billydingdong - 09-08-2020, 01:26 AM

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