On days when the stock market is up, you will often hear commentators remark that “buyers were out in force.” Conversely, on down market days, the language shifts to “sellers were out in force.” Question for you:
- Can you have a completed transaction without both a buyer and a seller?
I’m guessing most who are reading this are laughing at the absurdity of this thought—unless someone is buying and someone is selling, you don’t have a transaction.
What does happen is that transaction prices and volumes can and do fluctuate on a daily basis as more information becomes available. And, in today’s micro—or perhaps nano— second world, this information moves fast!
I subscribe to the concept of an efficient market. Basically, this is a belief that prices are fair and reflect the collective expectations of market participants. For this reason, I do NOT believe that you can outsmart the market vis-à-vis market timing or “tactical” approaches to investing.
A sidebar rant here, I believe that the term “tactical investing” is one of the most misleading descriptions on the face of this planet. Tactical investors are market timing, pure and simple, in my opinion. However, I do fully concede that “tactical” investing is A LOT better than “market timing.” Rant over.
In constructing portfolios, I believe that you should start with the premise that the market is efficient and then take three additional steps:
- Identify securities that offer higher expected returns based on security characteristics.
- Build a diversified portfolio of these securities.
- Use a disciplined approach to constantly rebalance the portfolio.
Unfortunately, many investors fall short in one, two, or all three of these steps.
The attached article goes into more detail on this topic.
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Enjoy the read and remember, it’s NOT about the money. It’s about how the money supports your goals!
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