When the stock market takes a dive, what should you do? Part 2By Randell Tiongson on August 26th, 2015
My post yesterday was viewed so much which means many people are really concerned with what’s happening in the stock market so I might as well write a follow-up.
Let me remind that the stock market volatility is the nature of that kind of investing which is why investing in equities is for the risk takers. Remember, high potential returns are high risks in nature. The external factors have taken over the sentiments of people. Fear was the predominant emotion running in the past few days but yesterday’s trading saw a buying action – it seems that there will be very aggressive investors who wants to do bargain hunting. The trading halt due to the technical glitches did not dampen the buying spree, which resulted to a higher index by the end of the day. Will the low stock prices continue to attract the buying momentum? The US equities saw some up in the earlier time of their trading day yesterday but ended down by later part of the day.
When the market dives, should you dive with it? Should you hold on to your stocks or equity funds and wait for it to recover or should you cut loss already and wait for an opportune time to come in again? Well, it really depends on your objective, conviction and strategy. Why are you investing in equities in the first place? Is it to finance a long-term goal like retirement or education of your kids or is it so you can finance your vacation next summer? Knowing why you are investing and when you will need your money will allow you to develop your investment strategy and philosophy. If you are investing because you want a comfortable retirement in 15 years, why worry with what’s happening today? The stock market has proven that when you invest long enough, you will experience good capital growth with your investment.
What should you do now? Well, if you are aggressive enough you can start buying selectively but it might not be a good idea to empty all your savings and buy now as you might end up catching a falling knife. If you are investing through equity funds like mutual funds, UITF or VUL, you might want to consider adding in tranches and not all at the same time. You may also consider waiting until you are certain that the dust has settled just to be sure. Your action will now be according to you and your convictions. Just make sure to always keep in mind your objectives, time frame and risk tolerance. Also, invest money that you are not planning on using in the next 2-3 years.
Just like yesterday, I asked more of my expert friends as to their thoughts and advise regarding the current stock market condition:
Markets tend to have knee jerk reactions to global events, and selloffs are often self-feeding which can result in steep drops. Longer-term, however, historically it’s the fundamentals which have dictated where markets have eventually gone. So if your view is long-term, it may be good to remember that Philippine fundamentals are solid. – Riza Mantaring, CEO of Sun Life of Canada Philippines
As we all know the market correction is driven by the fear that the Chinese economy will no longer be the accelerator behind the global economy. This resulted in an almost 40% reduction of the stock market in Shanghai, which as many Chinese individuals invest their savings, is expected to also impact the domestic demand in China. The reaction however seems to be extreme and mainly caused by panic, as medium and long-term prospects for the region are still positive. My advise is to not try to catch a falling knife, but prepare and be ready to increase holdings at discounted prices when the market becomes a bit more stable in the coming days. – Rien Hermans, CEO of AXA Philippines
Stock markets would always be volatile, it is because of this volatility that above average earnings is possible, embrace volatility! – Alijefty Gonzales, investment advocate & VP of Insular Life
The huge drop in the market over the recent days is an opportunity for long term investors to accumulate. It does not mean that you will not lose money in the short term but it does mean you will earn over the long term. Remember time in the market is more crucial than timing the market. Their emotions when investing especially at times like these sway a lot of people. Stay strong! Keep calm! Live well! This is not the end of days; in fact it is bargain-hunting days! Moderate your investment purchases in tranches over 3-6 months or even 1 year. – Jess Uy, Global investing advocate.
Live a life of wisdom and faith, not of fear!
Here is a easy to understand infographic from Time that will help you understand the factors that are affecting the stock market today.