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The Perils of "Buying the Dip" in U.S. Stocks

Stock-Markets / Stock Markets 2016 Jan 14, 2016 - 02:37 PM GMT

By: EWI

Stock-Markets

Legions of bargain hunters have suffered losses by buying stock market dips at the start of bear markets.

Making matters worse, they decimate their portfolios by continuing to buy all the way down, only to capitulate at the bottom.

This chart and commentary is from Elliott Wave International's April 2001 Financial Forecast:


"If there were ever a testament to the importance of market timing, the NASDAQ over the last year is it. Anyone who bought into the euphoria at the all-time high or the bull trap highs of early September and late January, would have taken successive hits of 40%, 47% and 38%. You can bet that many people followed the “buy” advice in the media on every bounce, losing even more than the “hold-only” loss of 65% from top to bottom."

And, bear in mind, the NASDAQ continued to fall into October 2002, handing even deeper losses to investors who continued to buy on the way down.

Let's now shift to the Dow Industrials and consider the market volatility that kicked off 2016. In the first week of trading, the Dow surrendered 6.1%, the worst start ever for the senior index and the worst week since September 2011.

Even so, here's the sentiment that was expressed in a prominent financial publication:

"Where are all of the long-term investors? Why isn’t anyone buying the dip? Many good stocks are trading at far better prices than in recent months, and they can be had at even better prices with some legerdemain." (Barron's, Jan. 9)

Through January 13, "U.S. stocks are now off $1.77 trillion…since the start of 2016." (CNBC)

The bigger the dip, the bigger the opportunity?

Some keep saying -- yes. But our analysis suggests that caution, not buying the dip, is the best approach at this juncture.

Here's an excerpt from Elliott Wave International's just-published January Financial Forecast:

"According to the conventional view, 2015's decline was a small downward blip in a bull market that will soon resume.

"The Elliott Wave Financial Forecast's view is the opposite: 2015 was a key transition year."

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