And Reap the Benefits

When the market is tanking, most investors are either paralyzed or make poor decisions. But a bear market can provide the best investing opportunities. When the market is performing poorly, even great stocks can take a substantial price hit. It’s like a dream come true for the intelligent, cool-headed investor.

Following the advice of Warren Buffett: “Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful.”

If you can’t believe Warren Buffett when it comes to advice about stocks, who can you believe? Forget about bear markets and bull markets. Focus on the opportunities available.

Consider these ideas to benefit from a down market:

  • Be happy. The best investors get excited when the market is underperforming. Now is the time to find great deals. The best opportunities exist when everyone else is afraid.
  • The market is down. Now is the time buy. But you can’t just buy anything. It’s still important to make smart investment decisions. In any down market, some of the stocks are being priced unfairly. Your job is to look for those bargains and take advantage of them. 
  • Invest regularly. You don’t know if the market is going to drop further or not. The answer is to invest a specific amount each month. That way you’ll purchase more shares when the market is at its lowest. If you can’t predict the low point of the market, and you can’t, dollar-cost averaging is a reliable way to ensure you benefit from market lows.
  • Harvest your obvious losers and put the money to better use. Even the best investors make lousy investments. Sell off your mistakes. You can take the loss on your taxes. If you want to repurchase the same stock, it’s necessary to wait at least 30 days if you want the tax break. 
  • Put the proceeds from the sale toward more lucrative investments. Avoid holding on to stocks that you feel don’t have a bright future. Always ensure that your money is invested as well as possible.
  • Consider investing in an index fund. It’s a pretty sure bet that the entire market will eventually recover. Every down market has turned itself around. It’s much less likely that any individual stock will do well in the future. Keep in mind that most index funds beat conventional mutual funds most of the time. 
  • That’s another way of saying that a passively managed index fund will outperform most professional stock pickers most of the time.
  • Keep your head. When everyone else is panicking, it’s not easy to keep a cool head. But a panicked mind makes poor decisions. Panic in the marketplace can be a good thing. Let others make foolish decisions. You’ll be ready to take advantage of those bad choices.
  • Redistribute your portfolio. A struggling market is a great time to redistribute your portfolio. Make the necessary moves to balance your portfolio. You’ll take a few losses, but those losses can save you money on your taxes and put you in a stronger position for greater profits down the road.
  • Get excited when the stock market is tanking. Keep your eyes open and you’ll find some great investments at great prices. When the market rebounds, you’ll be in the ideal position to benefit. An index fund is a safer way to take advantage of a bear market, and for most investors, a more lucrative way to grow your investment portfolio.

When everyone else is concerned, take advantage of their panic. Keep a cool head and your net worth will grow.