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Aviva Investors: When in doubt, do nothing

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19 Mar 2020

Aviva Investors: When in doubt, do nothing

“The stock market is a device for transferring money from the impatient to the patient” Warren Buffett

Key points

  1. When stock markets become volatile it is important not to panic, act in haste and make decisions you later regret – sometimes doing nothing is the best course of action.
  2. Falls in the stock market are inevitable. However, as we all know, when viewed over the long-term markets have gone up more than they have gone down.
  3. ‘Time in’ the market beats ‘timing’ the market: It is easy to miss the best gains in the market; therefore, it is important to remain invested and allow investments the time they need to play out.

Stock markets can be volatile and challenging, at times instilling fear and nervousness into even the most steadfast of investors. Inherently unpredictable, they do not march to a nerve-calming steady drum. 

It is important to remember the benefits of being invested for the long term and the perils of market timing.

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