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InvestorEducation / Learning to Invest Jun 19, 2023 - 03:13 AM GMT

By: Nadeem_Walayat

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Time and time again I hear this mistake in the comments section, S&P is going down down should I sell x,y,z, stock and buy back later. As I often voice the indices such as the S&P are a red herring, ask anyone heavily invested in the likes of Apple, Nvidia or Microsoft and so on, The S&P is definitely not of much use for timing purposes in terms of accumulating and distributing as we saw this past week opps to distribute in the likes of MGNI and accumulate in the likes of Qualcom. So keep things in perspective, the indices are just that indices, a metric to gauge the direction of travel on an average basis and to perhaps swing trade the index but they are not that useful for buying and selling individual stocks, in fact can prove highly dangerous! For instance if the S&P looks toppy and a stock breaks higher then the investor might sell the strong stock. (META) as the index was heading lower. Similar for when the index is going up and a stock starts falling and the investor buys on perception that the stock is now cheaper (SVB).


The indices are a RED HERRING! The more ones focuses on them the more one will become one with the herd and always wonder why one failed to buy x,y,z stock when it was dirt cheap or clung on to an expensive stock for far too long eventually giving up most of ones gains, it's because of focusing on the WRONG THING! The indices rather then the actual STOCK! Indices will encourage you to BUY garbage and SELL your best stocks which is why MOST investors UNDERPEFORM the indices!

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