31 August 2020
A market crash undoubtedly sees investors panic-selling their shares to exit the market out of fear and uncertainty, but the very nature of this economic climate opens doors for you – if you’re willing to wade through the noise.
Mansoor Narker, research and investment analyst at Glacier by Sanlam, says: “It is precisely these waves of panic-selling that unearth investment opportunities for investors, as the shares of quality companies are effectively on sale at attractive discounts.”
According to Narker, these are some common characteristics of companies worth your consideration:
While the long-term outcome of investing during market uncertainty could be rewarding, don’t forget that, in principle, it’s still a high-risk move. One of the most important reflections to do right now is practising honest self-awareness about your investment risk appetite.
“While it can be difficult to not let emotions cloud investment decisions, investments should be made on a rational basis with the focus on the longer term,” says Narker. “Perhaps the most important trait needed for wealth creation, in good times and bad, is patience.” To add, he cites legendary investor Warren Buffet: “The stock market is a device for transferring money from the impatient to the patient.”
“Investing at the market lows has, historically, provided the opportunity to earn above-average long-term returns over subsequent periods,” says Narker. Your two allies are to take a phased approach and practise patience by staying the course. By applying these two strategies, “investors are able to accumulate assets at lower prices and position their portfolios to take advantage of the eventual recovery when it comes.”
Uncertainty in a bear market (when markets are down) impacts many facets of the investing process, which makes it challenging to determine the short-term outlook of your investment. No one knows when the volatility will end, which means you could be watching your investment for months or even years to come without positive returns – hence the importance of patience and staying the course.
“The chances of further drawdowns are heightened with the increased risk of capital loss before markets turn around,” says Narker.
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As with any financial decision – even in a bull market (when markets are up) – it’s important to reflect on your unique needs and circumstances before investing. Did you have short-terms goals you were ready to put cash towards before the idea of investing came to mind? Think carefully and consult a qualified financial planner before you invest.
Narker ads: “Funds that may be needed for shorter-term goals should not be allocated to higher risk investments, as you may be forced to liquidate your investments at unfavourable prices when the need arises.
“Having a clearly defined investment plan, developed in conjunction with a financial planner, and sticking to it to achieve your goals can greatly assist in the creation of wealth over the long term, and it becomes particularly important during times of crisis by providing a roadmap with which to navigate.”
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This article first appeared on www.SanlamReality.co.za