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What Investments Should You Choose Right Now?
There is always a risk in giving or receiving investment advice. Many times do we read that an expert is making suggestions based on “what their charts show.” There may be useful information in their research but there is also a huge fudge factor. This is because the “expert” is not really giving you specific advice but only relaying what their “chart” might be predicting. Meanwhile, as the market is heading downward every day, you are wondering this, what investments should you choose right now?
General versus Specific Investment Advice
General investment advice, when it as some value, is based on past performance. For example, money invested in the US stock market and left there over time tends to out-perform other investments such as bonds, real estate or bank deposits. So, is it good general advice to invest in stocks? Yes, it is. But, in order to correctly follow this advice you need put money in an index fund that follows the S&P 500 or perhaps the Dow Jones Industrial Average. And, you need to leave it there through good years and bad. This is because individual investors are typically not very good at timing the market.
An interesting article in The Balance shows us 20 years of stock market returns by year.