August 2020 - Investors vs. Speculators

This past Thursday marked the 100th day since the S&P 500 touched a low on March 23 following the Coronavirus Pandemic. Now, with the S&P 500 closing in again near record highs post COVID-19, had you fallen asleep in early February and woke up in mid-August, you would have thought nothing much happened in the equity markets. I have heard it said many times before; there is more risk to being out of the market than being in the market. Trying to time the equity markets is an exercise of futility. Assume for a moment someone managed to time the market just right and exited the equity market prior to the Pandemic. They would then have had an equally difficult decision to make - “When to get back in?” Studies have shown that if you miss the best 10 days of a market rally it drastically lowers your overall returns compared to a strategy of staying the course and taking the averages. Careful attention to your investment goals, risk tolerance and your specific time horizon should always be taken into consideration. An investment strategy should be chosen that best matches your overall goals and financial plan. Careful selection of investment choices should then be made to help ensure the right asset allocation. From time to time, a thorough review of your investment strategy and portfolio allocation is needed to make sure you are staying on course to reach your goals and objectives. Remember, there are many differences between being an investor versus a speculator. Time in the market is what matters most; not timing.

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