Over the past few months, I have received many messages from people wondering if this is a good time to buy stocks. Some asked if they should sell everything for a variety of reasons, from record highs in the stock market to inflation until the end of COVID. For those who want to capitalize on the magic of interest rates to achieve their financial goals faster and easier, this talk of when to invest raises the question. In other words, “Is now a good time to invest?” The answer is likely to depend on when you need the money and how you plan to use it. Similarly, investments are different from speculations on Meme shares or Bitcoin.

People who read this post will invest a small amount (or each salary) each month, so they may unconsciously choose to always buy stocks. To clarify, when I say ‘shares’, I mean equity stocks, as well as investment assets such as stock exchanges (ETFs), mutual funds, pension accounts, any other place of investment.

Just for the sake of simplicity, this conversation may be different if you have equity compensation or highly concentrated stock positions. If you, like many of my clients,: own a multi-million dollar company stock (stock options, RSU, etc.), you are likely to sell those shares over time. From there, you will likely want to reinvest those funds in a more diversified portfolio.

Can the stock market still help you build wealth?

For those who are looking to build wealth in their lifetime, different starting points can bring in better returns, especially in the short term. What I’m saying is that the more time you invest in the stock market, the greater your chances of creating life-changing wealth. If you were to invest money in a diversified portfolio every month during your career, it would be difficult not to use the stellar returns on your stock market investments for the last 10, 20, 30, 40, or even 50 years.

If you invest only $ 100 a month for 50 years (assuming 10% return), you will have almost $ 1.4 million. What do you need to do to save just $ 100 a month?

COVID has thrown many people’s finances into chaos. It may be tempting to stop saving at the bank or just save cash. We know that people used to stock up on hand sanitizers, face masks, and most famously, toilet paper. At the beginning of the epidemic, we saw a sharp drop in the share prices of some of the most popular companies. Of course, this meant that the shareholders of those stocks noticed that their account balances were falling below their peak level. It turned out to be the shortest bear market in history, և those who stayed (in their investments) received the rewards as the stock market jumped to record levels.

An easy way to start investing in the event of a US COVID-19 epidemic

For those of you who are just starting out as a serious investor, make sure the ones you are considering are investing 401 (k) in your employer. Automatically invest in your diverse portfolio from your salaries և forget about it. Well, do not forget about it և try to increase your investment every year և every time you get a raise. You will receive tax deductions for your investments, կարող you can even get free money in the form of an employer match or a share of the profits.

Are we moving towards a stock market correction?

Stock market corrections are awful when they happen, but they are actually a great opportunity for a smart investor when they happen. We usually see stock market correction about once a year, while the bear market occurs less frequently, on average once every 4-5 years. Pessimistically, every day we are one step closer to the next correction or bear market. Optimistically, we are one step closer to the next big shopping opportunity. Do not waste a ton of time stressing when the next bear market is expected or declines.

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Should I switch to safer investments?

You may be tempted to get rid of your investment altogether when something unexpected happens, such as a coronavirus. Research has shown that losing is more painful than winning. Vanguard gave some great examples of what happens when investors either stick to their financial plans or get out of balanced investment portfolios. It presented three examples of investors’ actions during one of the worst bear markets in history, the 2008-2009 financial crisis.

All three investors had $ 1 million in their accounts as of October 2007.

Investor 1:– Let’s call her Amy. He worked with an amazing financial planner, clinging to his financial plan. He returned all his money by mid-2010.

According to that example, Emin ended 2017 with about $ 1.9 million using a 50% stake 50 50% bond portfolio. Just staying on track, driving the financial crisis, Amy almost doubled her money.

I’m sure no one reading this would be afraid to turn $ 1 million into $ 1.9 million. Of course, the walk was probably quite unstable ելի terrible.

Investor 2:– We will call him Tony. He just could not bear to see how his accounts fluctuated in value every day. He longed for the days when he could earn 7% interest on his Certificate of Deposit (CD) at his local bank. He found that the days inside were too much to bear. Eventually, he sold all his shares and relocated what he saw to be better done during the crisis. He completed his 100% bond portfolio. The supposed security of the bonds brought great costs. It took him about eight years to recover his account. He sold shares low and bought bonds high.

According to Vanguard, Tony even reached $ 1 million at the end of 2017. Not the end of the world, but Tony was not rewarded for his hard work, saving money.

Investor 3:– Donald. He wanted to make the smartest financial choice, so he withdrew everything from his investments. He starved to death and put all his money in a bank account, earning interest. At most all-time interest rates for most of the past decade, Donald has never recovered the money he lost. The interest earned in the bank to add a little more salt to his wound does not coincide with inflation, և purchasing power continues to decline over time. Did I mention that interest at the bank will be taxed as regular income?

The worst of the three investors was Donald. At the end of 2017, he had only $ 729,214 after selling in a small market and making cash, according to a study by Vanguard. He completed only 38% of the account value as an investor, Amy, who remained with his 50/50 portfolio.

There is a risk of using so-called “safer” investments. You can reduce your chances of getting a full pension or financial freedom or other important financial goals. Most people, with cash, are more likely to miss out on cash during retirement. It is almost impossible to save enough money և to generate enough income to secure a comfortable pension using only social security և bank account interest.

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Do I have to leave the stock market before it collapses?

Every time there is a big headline that the stock market is reaching a record high, people ask me to leave the market before it collapses. In fact, they are asking if they can get any help with market terms. I think this is the way of a fool. You need more than luck to succeed in affiliate business. Those in higher tax areas are more likely to be assessed when buying and selling tax bills. You can lose more tax money than you would by losing the average stock market correction.

According to Franklin Templeton Investments, watching from the sidelines may be worth it. For the 20 years ended December 31, 2019, if you had been fully invested in the S&P 500 (excluding any taxes, duties, or trade expenses) during that period, you would have earned 6.06% per annum. If you missed the top ten days, your income dropped to 44 2.44% per annum. It gets worse from there. Missing only the top 20 days, your annual revenue was only 0.08%. Despite missing the top 30 days, your average earnings have dropped to a negative 1.95% per annum. Those who went out a lot, skipping the top 40 days, reduced their average incomes to a negative 3.82% per year.

Hypothetically, let’s translate real numbers to skip the best day of the stock market.

Suppose two people invest in a 100% S&P 500 portfolio for those 20 years. Each person had to invest $ 1 million.

Investor One only bought the S&P Index Fund and left it alone. This individual would end up with about $ 3,870,000.

Investor Two stressed և exited the S&P 500. This person would end up with a negative 3.82% income of $ 458,700. Not only did this period cost the investor more than half of its initial investment in the market, but it also caused this individual to miss out on more than $ 3.4 million in growth. WOW!

You do not have to do it alone. Working only with a paid financial planner can at least help make all these financial things less stressful. Most likely, having a well-thought-out roadmap to achieve all your financial goals will help you get there faster and easier. If you do not know where you are going, how will you know when you arrive? When this coronavirus pandemic is over, go out and enjoy life. Your investments should be good if you do not look at them 20 times a day.