Michel Pireu Columnist

Buy and hold, the most repeated investing advice on the planet, is still one of the most difficult to follow. Why? Because it’s almost impossible to overcome the social, economic, and psychological forces that markets impose on you in a serious downturn. Find that hard to believe? Then imagine the market has fallen by 30% since its peak a few months earlier and your spouse just lost their job. Don’t worry. Buy and hold, right? Months go by and now the market is down 40%. Your spouse says to you, "Honey, we need to get out of this. Think about our children’s future." Meanwhile, one of your closest friends is bragging about how they sold when the market was down only 15%. While one market commentator after another is saying how it’s only going to get worse. You’re still buying and holding, yes? Another few months go by and the market is down 50% from its peak. Your spouse accuses you of always having been reckless. This time approaching you more urgently. "Honey, if you don’t do somet...

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