Bear markets are a natural part of investing in equities around the world. Bear markets are… well, nobody likes them. They’re tough, but they have always been temporary, and there’s never been a permanent loss of capital during bear markets of globally diversified portfolios. The most important thing about bear markets is to remember they’re not predictable when they begin, and you can’t predict when they’ll end. To receive a higher rate of return on your capital without investing in cash, you must always be invested in markets, and bear markets can create stress, which could create potential poor financial decisions. It’s like this demon has shown up to unsettle your mind. They seem to be at inopportune times in your life, but the reality is that any time a bear market rolls in, it’s inopportune.Continue reading
If you want to get excess returns in the market, expect volatility and price fluctuations. You cannot have one without the other.
The alternative is to buy a Treasury Bill or a money market fund; but if you want a higher rate of return, you have to be willing to accept more risk. Bull and Bear markets will cycle; and while it’s never comfortable when the market drops, just remember that the market is priced to provide investors with a return each and every day. Continue reading
It’s all a matter of perspective. Most people wait for a “good reason” to get into the stock market. They want a shortcut — or better yet, a crystal ball. The truth is that there’s always a good reason to invest now, because everyday stocks have an expected rate of return. With this mindset, you’re always in. You just have to stay in at all times, and you will get the returns.