This new year — and really any year — anything you can dream up in the market can and will happen at some time. Those events can last longer than you ever dreamed possible…or not. The duration is always unpredictable.
At VIA IV investments, we consider ourselves permanent owners of our assets. When we buy an asset class, we consider owning it in perpetuity (of course with periodic rebalancing to keep our risk constant).
If the market goes up or down, or if the news media makes some comments good or bad, our exposure to these assets is unchanged because they will always be part of our portfolios.
One very public example of that played out recently, with media personality James Bianco in the middle of March. He was on CNBC when the market looked really bad. He made a statement that everybody should sell everything (again, this was in March 2020).
With our current headlines of geopolitical issues, China trade wars, viruses, there’s always a reason to get out of the market. There will always be “scary” headlines. However, it’s important to realize that you have to do something with your money.