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Don’t Rely on the Headlines

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Updated May 14, 2020

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We are proud of Trust Point’s century of service reputation of excellence. But, our approach and purpose has always been focused on the future. Not just our own company’s future - but, more importantly, our client’s futures.

Falling markets and drastic headlines can tempt individuals to abandon their long-term investing plans. Their thinking might go something like, let’s wait until it’s over, hoping to catch the market at its lowest point before buying in. Or in rising markets, maybe they seek to sell most of their holdings near the peak. However, timing the market is essentially an impossible task, as the chart on this page illustrates. It’s good to remember:

  • Headlines shouldn’t dictate when you invest; they may not reflect what’s actually happening in the market.
  • A recovery typically involves many episodes of gains and losses that can obscure an overall upward trend.
  • Just a few trading days can be responsible for the largest gains during a recovery; being out of the market can mean missing out on the most profitable periods.

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It’s understandable to have concerns about market volatility and its effect on your portfolio. The situation in the markets is certainly different this time. However, so far, it follows a pattern we’ve seen many times before and have successfully navigated over the years. Bottom line: The “right time” to invest is usually now, whatever the markets’ performance or news headlines might be. By all means, if you have questions or concerns about the plan we created to help you reach your financial goals, please get in touch.

 

The opinions herein are those of Trust Point Inc, are made as of the date of this material, and are subject to change without notice. Trust Point uses its best efforts to compile its data from reliable sources, however, it does not warrant the accuracy, completeness or timeliness of any of the information provided. This publication is prepared for general information only. This material does not constitute investment advice and is not intended as an endorsement of any specific investment. Investors should seek advice regarding the appropriateness of investing in any securities or investment strategies discussed or recommended in this report and should understand that statements regarding future prospects may not be realized. All investing involves the risk of loss, including principal, a reduction in earnings, and the loss of future earnings. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Individual client portfolio positioning, performance and transactions therein can vary greatly based on factors including investment strategy, objective, limitations, risk tolerance, time horizon, asset composition, asset allocation and tax implications.
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We are proud of Trust Point’s century of service reputation of excellence. But, our approach and purpose has always been focused on the future. Not just our own company’s future - but, more importantly, our client’s futures.