The importance of remaining invested

There’s no shortage of information and opinion provided by the media when it comes to investments and the financial markets. Sometimes the sheer weight of information can make you feel like it’s not the right time to be invested.

It can be tempting to try and time the market. The benefits of getting it right are obvious but it’s very difficult to predict with any certainty the best time to buy or sell. With the speed that markets move the risk of getting it wrong is very high and can have significantly negative consequences on your investment.

There’s a risk that by trying to time your entry, or exit, you could end up selling low and buying high. That means you risk not only suffering the losses you are trying to avoid but compound them by missing out on the highest periods of growth that often follow a fall.

To test this point we looked at our most popular diversified fund over a period of time that covers market falls and also negative media coverage. It shows the returns for investors who stayed invested throughout, compared to the returns of those investors who felt they should sell and missed out on the one best month, five best months, and ten best months.

Time in the market, not timing the market

This shows that if you try to time the market and get it wrong you would be significantly worse off than if you stayed invested for the duration. Fortunately, because we recommend investments that our clients understand suit them, the majority have remained invested and enjoyed the rewards.

The value of pensions and investments can fall as well as rise and you can get back less than you invested.

What our clients say about us:

Stephen, Kent
Stephen, Kent
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James took the time to make sure he understood my circumstances before giving me some excellent advice on how I could maximize the tax efficiency of my investments and thus my retirement income.
John, London
John, London
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James was incredibly understanding about what goals I wanted to prioritize. The key, for me, was to have it explained in simple terms. This enabled me to take out the right personal protection and pension plan. Trust is probably the most important part of this process. I felt/feel confident that James helped me make the right plans to safeguard my family’s future.
Peter, Tunbridge Wells
Peter, Tunbridge Wells
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James was highly professional and set me up with an investment plan that fit my needs and risk appetite. 5 out of 5 Stars
Joseph, London
Joseph, London
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I had multiple pension pots from previous employers and was looking for advice on whether to consolidate these plans. James undertook an honest and detailed analysis of my policies allowing me to make a fully informed decision on the best way to proceed. Highly recommended.
Matthew, London
Matthew, London
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I was looking to set up a pension plan as I had been given a generous allowance from my company. James advised on product and fund selection tailored to my personal circumstances and attitude to risk. Once the correct product had been identified. He facilitated all areas of setup and continues to manage things moving forward. 5 out of 5 Stars
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