Help! My Portfolio Is Crashing!

Jun. 05, 2019 8:15 AM ETARCC, BA, CBL, EPR, MIC, MMM, SAFE, SPY, STAR, TSLA, WPGGQ350 Comments


  • It does not matter what your investment style is, sooner or later your portfolio is going to experience a large decline.
  • Everyone knows they should “buy low and sell high”, yet so many investors sell into declines.
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Recently, there has been a spike in volatility and many in the market are on edge about the possibility of a future recession. At High Dividend Opportunities, we receive numerous questions both in our public articles and in the HDO chatroom.

Downswings can frequently be a cause of stress, fear, and doubt. It is easy to have confidence in your investment system when you see green in your account more often than not. When you start seeing red across nearly every holding, that little nagging voice sneaks in- "Am I invested in the right companies? Did I make a mistake? Should I sell?"

Anyone who has invested for any length of time has asked themselves these questions. It is only natural. Fear and doubt can be far more dangerous to a portfolio than any recession.

Fear can cause you to sell investments at a loss when the loss is temporary. Then when the share price starts bouncing back, you might buy a "dead cat bounce", only to suffer even larger losses when you sell again. Or, attempting to avoid buying a short bounce, you might wait too long and buy back the same company at a price higher than what you sold it for. At some point, we have all probably made the mistake of selling out of fear, and unless you are incredibly lucky, it does not work well.

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Consider the recent pullback in December. The general market dropped 15% in less than a month. When do you sell? At a 10% loss? 15% loss? If 10%, are you then going to buy back just a week later at essentially the same prices you sold at? That just creates excess costs and potential tax events. If your magic line is 15%, then you would have sold everything

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