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Don’t Time the Market -Listen to Cicadas Instead!


Peter Lynch, the famous and very successful mutual fund manager, is quoted as saying “Far more money has been lost by investors preparing for corrections or trying to anticipate corrections than has been lost in the corrections themselves.” Recent market events have provided us with yet another example of why trying to “time” the investment markets just doesn’t work.  At the close of business on June 23, 2016, the night before the Brexit vote results were released, the S&P 500 was up 4.52% for the year.  Most investors probably went to bed that night confident that leaving their money in the markets was the right thing to do since the polls were leaning toward the U.K. remaining in the European Union.  As we know now, the vote went in the opposite direction and Brexit heavily impacted the U.S. markets in the morning, sinking the S&P 500 by 3.76% almost instantly. A market-timing...

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