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Timing the Market Is Impossible

Timing the Market Is Impossible

May 11, 2022
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We know at times when markets seem to be struggling the most, there is a tendency to want to step aside and wait for calm. This short piece is a good reminder why you want to stay fully invested. - Howard Pressman, CFP®, Mike Egan, CFP®, Bryan Beatty, CFP® AIF®, Carmen Wu,CRPC®, Doug Danosos

In times of volatility, timing the market may seem tempting. But doing so is impossible and may be a costly mistake.


A historical perspective of the market shows us a pattern of bull and bear markets that may be tempting to investors. Why not try to time the
market and avoid those short-lived bear markets? Wouldn’t that be more lucrative? Unfortunately, it’s not that easy. Timing the market is impossible
and could be a costly mistake.

Avoiding the market’s downs may mean missing out on the ups as well. 78% of the stock market’s best days occur during a bear market or during the first two
months of a bull market. If you missed the market’s 10 best days over the past 30 years, your returns would have been cut in half. And missing the best 30 days
would have reduced your returns by an astonishing 83%.

Past performance does not guarantee future results. Indices are unmanaged and not available for direct investment. For illustrative purposes only.
Data Sources: Ned Davis Research, Morningstar, and Hartford Funds, 2/22.

Talk to your financial professional so you can feel confident investing in bull and bear markets alike.

S&P 500 Index is a market capitalization-weighted price index composed of 500 widely held common stocks.
Important Risks: Investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal.
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