Why 75% of Stocks Are a Sucker's Bet

Why 75% of Stocks Are a Sucker's Bet

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Why 75% of Stocks Are a Sucker's Bet

The Danger of Selling High and Buying Low

For one thing, you never know the top or the bottom until you're looking in
the rear view mirror. And given enough time, all-time highs and lows are
usually exceeded.

For example, you may sell a stock at its 52-week high - not a good idea
since you should always let your winners run - and find that it goes on to
double or triple from there. Likewise, if you buy at the all-time low, the
stock may head still lower (after all, that's the direction it's heading).

Our trailing stop policy works, in part, because it accepts the uncertainty
that is an inevitable part of equity investing. Sure, you may get lucky and
buy at the bottom or sell at the top from time to time. But hoping to "get
lucky" isn't much of an investment strategy.

And there's yet another iron-clad reason to use trailing stops...

Maximize Your Gains... Mitigate Your Losses

It's a little-known but depressing fact that the vast majority of individual
stocks post negative returns over the long run.

This may come as a shock to those who've been told that equities are the
very best long-term investment.

But research by the investment management firm, Dimensional Fund
Advisors, found that form 1980 to 2008, the top-performing 25% of stocks
was responsible for 100% of the gains in the broad market.

The bottom 75% of stocks collectively generated annual losses of 2% over
the past 29 years.

It's pretty sobering to realize you were three times as likely to own losing
stocks as winners.

However, this data makes the fundamental assumption that you actually held
all these stocks over the entire period.

Many stocks make spectacular runs before crashing and burning. By using a
trailing stop, you could have participated in an awful lot of upside without
sticking around for the Battle of Little Big Horn.

Likewise, even if you picked a stock that went south immediately, a trailing
stop would have kept your losses small and acceptable.

Don't Argue With the Market... Do This Instead

The bottom line is this: Anyone can plunk for a few shares. Getting out at
the right time is the true art of investing.

The key is to make sure you're cutting your losses and letting your profits
run.

Emotions like fear and greed (and hope) can prevent that. But trailing stops
enforce a discipline that takes the emotion - and the second-guessing - out of
the investment process.

Understand that market prices reflect facts about a company better than
opinions. So don't argue with the market.

When you buy a stock, enter a trailing stop below it to protect your
principal. And as the stock rises, keep raising the stop to protect your
profits.

This is the best way for you to minimize your losses and maximize your
gains - even if some of the stocks you own are on their way to Waterloo.

Good investing,

Alexander Green

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When you look at the Dow priced in gold you can see that you would have been better off holding gold since 1999 than being invested in many U.S. mutual funds.

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