Master Market Volatility: Proven Long-Term Investing Tips

Daily volatility can make investing in the stock market challenging for many investors. A recent tweet highlights this dilemma: “If you think it’s hard to buy stocks today because they look expensive, imagine how hard it will be to buy them when they finally look cheap.”

Investors often hesitate when stock prices are high, fearing overpayment and potential market downturns. This cautious approach, driven by the desire to buy low and sell high, can lead to missed opportunities. Quality stocks frequently appreciate over the long term despite appearing costly in the short term.

Conversely, when stock prices fall and appear cheap, the fear of further declines or market instability can be even more daunting. During downturns, negative sentiment is pervasive. This fear, compounded by bleak economic outlooks and pessimistic market predictions, often deters investors from buying at lower prices.

Daily market volatility highlights the emotional difficulty of executing sound investment strategies. To mitigate this, we recommend approaches like dollar-cost averaging, which involves regularly investing a fixed amount regardless of market conditions. This strategy helps reduce the emotional impact of market fluctuations, allowing investors to benefit from both high and low prices over time.

Ultimately, the daily values of indexes like the TSX Composite, S&P 500, or Dow Jones Industrial Average should not dictate your investment decisions. By its very nature, the market tends to reach all-time highs over time. Investors with long-term goals should invest whenever they have the funds, focusing on a diversified portfolio rather than trying to time the market.

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Carlo Cansino
Senior Financial Advisor
Assante Capital Management Ltd.

 

The opinions expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of Assante Capital Management Ltd. This material is provided for general information and the opinions expressed and information provided herein are subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to compile this material from reliable sources however no warranty can be made as to its accuracy or completeness. Before acting on the information presented, please seek professional financial advice based on your personal circumstances. Assante Capital Management Ltd. is a member of the Canadian Investor Protection Fund and the Canadian Investment Regulatory Organization.

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