The Secret to Make Money

The Secret to Make Money

What if I told you despite the wide-spread panic in the world, now is the time fortunes are made? If you’re curious to know the secret to make money amidst the corona pandemic, keep reading, it’s not as hard as you think. 

The reason stock market corrections are so worrisome to investors is that human nature is to follow the crowd. Likewise, if prices are soaring, the knee-jerk reaction might be to rush in and buy before prices get too high.

But, this often means you’re rushing to buy a stock for $50 today that you very well have purchased for $40 yesterday. Who’s the fool now? Wall Street will happily take your money if you’re foolish enough to throw it away. 

The opposite also is true. For fear of losing everything, many often rush to get out. Again, this might mean you rush to sell a stock that was valued at $50 yesterday for $40 today. That’s no way to make money, either.

Volatility Is More Common Than You Realize

I know I sound like a broken record, but volatility in the stock market is not necessarily a bad thing. And, it’s a lot more common in the stock market than you might realize.

For the past ten years, investors and traders have been relatively spoiled with the bull market. Yet, we tend to forget that the S&P 500 loses at least 10% of its value (not rounded) every 1.85 years.

Not only does it lose 10% every 1.85 years, but smaller corrections of also say 5% is even more common!

You Only Lose Money in a Downturn If You Sell

While specific events or circumstances – like a pandemic, can cause stocks to spike or plummet, it’s essential to realize that this is just part of a longer trend.

Investing is a long game, and almost always, the best course of action is to do nothing. 

Legendary investor Warren Buffett has a simple philosophy as to why he’s endured an investor: don’t jump in and out of the market.

Buffett once remarked that investors should not make emotional decisions. And the only way to control them is to have a plan and to make long-term endurance a big part of it.

Investing is a long game, and almost always, the best course of action is to do nothing. 

Did I Take My Money and Run?

With this epic crash a few weeks ago, you’d probably assume that I lost my shirt. Well, brace yourself, because I actually wound up losing nothing.

Yep, nothing! Now, I can assure you I am invested in the stock market. But, I didn’t pull all my cash out and resort to stuffing it in the mattress.

The simple reason I didn’t lose all my money is that I chose not to panic-sell and head for the trenches. Despite the steepest drop in all of history, there’s something far more important on my mind. 

That being number 37. Before the March 2020 slaughtering, cough, I mean “correction”, we’ve had 37 declines of more than 10% in the S&P 500 since 1950.

Every single one of these corrections – many only lasting 3.5 months, were completely erased by a bull-market rally. And in many cases, it only takes a few weeks for the correction and some, years.

Regardless of the time frame, the story stays the same: 

Over the Long Haul, the Stock Market Increases in Value.

Now, this is significant for two reasons. First, if you bought stocks at the market’s peak or second, were lucky enough to buy the dip — you made money either way, but….only if you held on to your investments for the long haul. 

All of this means that if you buy high-quality businesses and give them enough time to perform (I’d say a minimum of five years), you have an excellent chance to increase your wealth.

A High-Quality Company to Consider Buying

Right now, there are countless quality companies at rock bottom prices. Just look at the healthcare behemoth Johnson & Johson ($JNJ), for example.

As a provider of medical devices and pharmaceuticals, demand for their products will not be going anywhere anytime soon. In fact, the demand for their products will likely increase due to the current health crisis.

I’d be remiss not to mention this AAA credit ranking company is on track to raise its dividend for the 58th year in a row. 

Why a Panic Sell-Off Could Be Your Cue to Buy

I get it; it can be scary to buy if you’ve just seen your portfolio get gutted. I know mine has but that doesn’t mean I’m going to sit on the sidelines.

Humor me for a moment and envision this scenario: Your favorite store just announced that everything was 30% off for an unspecified amount of time.

Would you panic and run for the door? Or, would you get greedy and wait because the discount could jump to 40%? I’d say no, you’d probably happily buy up and take advantage of the sales while you could. 

The same logic applies here too. 

Closing Thoughts

If you want to make money in the stock market, seeing people panic to sell a falling stock might be your cue to jump in against the current and buy. Consider how that can work for you.

Put your money to work while stocks are on sale. We can show you how by helping you develop a trading strategy that is right for you. Make the smart move with Bullish Bears

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