That doesn’t mean it won’t fall, but the long-term investor wanting to build wealth over the next five to 10 years should be collecting great stocks, which pay great dividends. You could even look at some beaten-up small cap companies with a great brand in industries that have potential, on the basis they have been oversold and the big cap companies have been favoured by the early buyers in the market.
On my SWITZER program two nights ago, I asked the CEO of Northward Capital, Darren Thompson, whether it was time to get back into the market before US companies started to report in earnest. Recall that I thought that US companies would report well, and so far, so good!
Thompson said his father had asked him the same question for his super fund over the previous weekend and he advised him to get in before the good news came out.
He said even if the news disappointed, it was an opportunity to dollar-cost average into a market that was on the improve. For those who don’t understand dollar cost averaging, in simple terms it means if you bought, say, five selected shares using $5000 each month and if the shares fell in value by half, you would get double the amount of shares and the average dollar-cost of each share would fall.
The reality is that if you had the strength to buy your favourite companies during the lowest moments of the market meltdown, you would be on very good terms with yourself. But stop, don’t get too carried away!
There are more reasons why I feel it’s time to have a look at shares and even buy the dip in the markets, but these are a pretty good start if you are a doubting Thomas!
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