Time, not timing

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Focus on buy and hold for the long term

  • Investors often make the mistake of trying to time the market by simply selling out of it.
  • Historically, some of the worst short-term market fluctuations and losses were followed by periods of substantial market recovery.
  • Asset allocation, diversification and periodic rebalancing are tools investors can use to help weather market downturns.
  • Having the right investment mix helps strike the right balance between risk and return.
  • Consider your goals, time horizon, risk tolerance and overall financial situation when making an investment or asset allocation decision. Keep in mind that diversification and asset allocation do not assure a profit or protect against loss.

Remember, it is time invested in the market -- not market timing

Time, not timing

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