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Gains So Fast They Never Had a Chance
Mar 20, 2017

  • The ten best trading days
  • The best stocks may be the ones you own
  • State of the notebandi narrative
  • Since the basic game is so favorable, Charlie and I believe it's a terrible mistake to try to dance in and out of it based upon the turn of tarot cards, the predictions of 'experts,' or the ebb and flow of business activity. The risks of being out of the game are huge compared to the risks of being in it. - Warren Buffett

Buffett is bang on. Dancing in and out of markets based on news events is a terrible mistake.

In case you need numerical proof, read what we wrote few years back.

The Monumental Impact

We showed how missing just the ten best trading days between 1999 and 2009 would have devastated your returns...

  • During the last ten-year period, if an investor would have missed out the ten best days in the stock market, a sum of Rs 100,000 would have returned a puny Rs 133,592 as opposed to Rs 349,256 had he stayed fully invested. Even missing the two best days would have lowered his final figure by a significant 23%. The moral of the story is that it pays to remain invested for the long haul rather than move in and out of markets in an attempt to time them.
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