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As Stocks Climb, Some Investors Wonder When to Get Out

By The Wall Street Journal

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  • Junta Nakai
    Junta NakaiproIndustry Leader at Databricks

    Nothing is more CERTAIN to make you poorer than trying to time when to buy and sell stocks.

    It just isn’t possible. Period. No investor in the history of stock markets has consistently figured out when to get in it get out.

    Mathematically, one mistimed decision can have material adverse impact on long term returns.

    Don’t bother wasting your energy thinking about it.

  • Kalesh Menon
    Kalesh MenonFinance Controller at Ingredion Thailand

    Being able to time the market is an illusion. I would book some profits to convert the notional gains into actual greenbacks 😀

    One should never love one's stock holdings because you never know when they stop loving you back. So, prune your portfolio regularly to keep it heathly and harvest some gains when the sun 🌞 is shining bright. That should make you wealthy and wise. 👍

  • William Wood
    William WoodOwner at William Wood

    Interesting question, that rarely is ascertained prior to the downturn, which tends to get us all caught by surprise. With the exception of the guy that has been forecasting the drop for the last 10 years. For the average investor with a reasonable investment time horizon, forget market timing, just have some non correlated investments, for a cushion, and in the long run you should be ok.

  • John Gray
    John GrayFormer Banker Risk Management

    Diversity includes hard time investments beer bread and ball bearings. The hard rule is to only play with what you can afford to pay.

  • Read Mr. Nakai’s advice, above. Well stated.

  • When in doubt invest in yourself.

  • Weiyee IN
    Weiyee INChief Strategy Officer

    There is always a run-up and there is always a sell-off, having spent almost two decades as a Wall Street analyst, the one thing that is certain is that there is uncertainty and there needs to be risk management. Always come back to fundamentals and basics of valuation.

  • Literally a “Now or Never” Decision if “Ever” there “REALLY” was one! So Please “really” make sure “YOU” know what is Best for “YOU”, it’s not what “I” think or “They” tell you but who you “(Know or Ask)” and how much you “(Can or Need to)” T.R.U.S.T. “them! Google “it” People! whatever “it” is, find out for “ yourself”, on your time and on your own “(Alternative or Artificial)” Dime! No More “FAKE, Alternative or Artificial News, Views, Opinion’s or suggestions ALLOWED” By Order of ME! Representing

    Literally a “Now or Never” Decision if “Ever” there “REALLY” was one! So Please “really” make sure “YOU” know what is Best for “YOU”, it’s not what “I” think or “They” tell you but who you “(Know or Ask)” and how much you “(Can or Need to)” T.R.U.S.T. “them! Google “it” People! whatever “it” is, find out for “ yourself”, on your time and on your own “(Alternative or Artificial)” Dime! No More “FAKE, Alternative or Artificial News, Views, Opinion’s or suggestions ALLOWED” By Order of ME! Representing planet “blue marble or spaceship” EARTH! The ONLY ONE “I” know of “For Sure”. You can give me “any” title though it’s none I seek, I am here to merely give a voice to the “Meek” so to say! Just the messenger! Don’t Shoot ME!

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