‘Time in the market’: Strategy or slogan?

Key Points 'Time in the market' is a sales slogan, not an investment strategy Time is a cure for volatility but if you invest at or near the top, it won’t help you Investors in Australian property, USD gold and the Aussie dollar are betting against history The myth When is the right time to invest in real estate or shares? Ask a stockbroker or real estate agent and the answer is almost always ‘right now’, even if it’s US tech stocks in 1999 or Melbourne real estate in the late 1880s. How so? ‘It’s all about time in...

When is the right time to invest in real estate or shares? Ask a stockbroker or real estate agent and the answer is almost always ‘right now’, even if it’s US tech stocks in 1999 or Melbourne real estate in the late 1880s.

How so? ‘It’s all about time in the market’ answers the spruiker. Even if you buy at the top, invest for long enough and time will dig you out of the hole. Ergo, it’s always a good time to invest.

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