We are living in crazy times. The (Stock) Market is reaching all time highs when the rest of Main Street is falling apart. Amazon is trading in the $5,000 range and people think the market doesn’t represent the majority of us.
I agree. The Market is NOT for Main Street and it will never be. It’s for a small group of the population that’s seeking to reallocate your funds to their account. The market is rigged and it will forever be that way.
Your first thought is to say “Fuck it, I’m out of here. I won’t touch this shit with a 10 foot pole” and that’s a valid reaction. But the Market is what makes buying a house possible and will even let you retire one day. You need the Market even if you hate what it does and stands for.
I’m not writing about the evils to the market, I want to explore the question, “Should I Buy into this Market now?” After all, it’s making new highs.
The proverbial wisdom is ‘Yes’ because when the market is reaching new highs it will continue to do so. It will do this as long as it doesn’t. Some think that Trump will let the markets ‘burn’ around Election time.
Others think that a correction is coming during the September/October months. These months are very volatile around that time and others say the market is going to crash because the Fed pumped all this stimulus into it.
What I described above is the Market in a nutshell. All these competing forces driving the market up or down. It all depends on which forces are in control and right now it’s the ‘keep making new highs’ forces.
The way I see it there are two outcomes for an investor like us, the market will go lower or it will go higher from today. How’s that for ambivalence?
Should you Sell?
If you want to. The market has had a great run up and it’s always a good thing to take profits.
Should you Buy?
If you want to. The markets are on a tear up and even if you catch the tail end, you could make a nice profit.
The reality is that you’re going to kick yourself if you sold your positions now and the market raced up higher. Likewise, your going to kick yourself if you bought now and the market crashes. So what should you do?
If you wanted to get into the markets now you should do it with a very small buy. If you had $10,000 dollars to invest, take no more than $1,000 of it and buy a diversified ETF or mutual fund. In times of market uncertainty, I find that it’s best to be diversified. I also find it smart to manage your risk, putting in no more than 10% of your cash now can make you look smart twice.
If the market crashes and you lose $1,000, then you look smart for not blowing your entire money. If the market charges higher, you look smart for having skin the in game.
Likewise, if you’re feeling the market is too top heavy then sell half your positions. This makes you look smart twice. If the market crashes you made your profit. If it goes higher you still look smart for having a position.
When the markets are a making all time highs it’s prudent to be cautious and not go ‘all in.’ The markets will crash again one day because we can’t help ourselves, our greed propels us to do so. We do stupid things like buying at the top or selling at the bottom. (If you don’t see yourself in this paragraph then be very afraid!)
What we need to do is be data driven with your investing and manage your risk. So yes, you should buy the market if you want too or sell the market if you want to. Just be smart about it.
This is just a short update. It’s October 7th and the Markets are in a very volatile place right now. They are trending lower from when they started September. This is usually an ominous sign, especially for an incumbent President in an election year. We have lightened our load in the markets and remain cautious.
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