In Focus

In Focus: markets as we see them


Last updated: 16 June 2017

Inside this week:

  • Scarred The financial crisis of 2008 still haunts investors, sometimes to the extent of making the avoidance of large losses their primary objective, as opposed to the seeking of gains
  • Buying on the dip To see just how much can be forfeit, we consider a basic investment strategy of waiting for prices to fall by a certain amount from their all-time-high before putting our cash to work
  • Wait and see The wait for larger drawdowns is inevitably a longer one, and so the average forfeit is by turns even more eye-watering. Even when waiting for modest drops, you’re more likely to miss out, than miss a dip
  • Investment conclusion Would-be investors lacking both a time machine and the awfully well-rewarded ability to predict the stock market would be better served by aiming to “buy now, sell later – much later”

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