With the six-year bull market in stocks getting old, people are starting to wonder how they should prepare for a possible bear market.
The answer: Not the way you think.
The biggest mistake ordinary investors make, aside from not saving enough, is trying to predict the market.
Written By: E. S. Browning
The Wall Street Journal
There are 22 “chief market strategists” at Wall Street’s biggest banks and investment firms. They work at storied firms such as Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. They have access to the best information, the smartest economists, and teams of brilliant analysts. They talk to the largest investors in the world. They work hard. They are paid lots of money.
One of their most important — and certainly highest-profile — jobs is forecasting what the stock market will do over the next year. Strategists do this every January by predicting where the S&P 500 will close on Dec. 31.
You won’t be shocked to learn their track record isn’t perfect. But you might be surprised at how disastrously bad it is. I certainly was.
Written By: Morgan Housel
The Motley Fool