South Africa: Time in the Market vs Timing the Market?


The old adage, "it's not about timing the market, but about time in the market," has been proven true over the years. Research shows that those who stay invested over the long run in a well-diversified portfolio will generally do better than those who try to profit from turning points in the market. By Alexandra Nortier, Joint Head of Wealth Management, Investec Wealth & Investment

As investment advisers, we don't have a crystal ball at our disposal. What we do have is an understanding of how market returns work and what previous cycles can teach us.

My clients keep me up at night. Every day I listen to their personal stories, of how they made their hard-earned money and of what it means to them; their goals and aspirations. Their wishes for their families. I feel the weight of this mantle. It is an easier meeting when the markets have been kind and harder when they've been muted or down.

Time in the market vs timing the market?

Timing the market vs time in the market?

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