Where there are markets, there are corrections.
At first, they cause us dismay.
Slowly, we get used to them.
Then, we start using them.
Next step is – exploiting them.
One can speak of exploiting if a correction persists, and one is long-term investing.
During a persisting correction, we purchase in waves.
How are we defining a wave?
Go through your long term portfolio and pick out those stocks that are offering margin of safety.
You convince yourself of their health once again. Still healthy? Go ahead.
You purchase them one by one, one per day, by putting one entry quantum into the market for each purchase.
There will be greed to buy more than one underlying in one day. Don’t give in. This will allow your buying power to persist alongside a persisting correction.
The size of your entry quantum needs to be small enough to sustain entries all year round, still leaving ample liquidity on the side. Your long-term strategy should not immobilise your financial and familial activity in any way. Thus, an optimally small enough entry quantum is vital.
You’ve gone through a wave.
Go through your long-term portfolio again.
Where does margin of safety still exist? Pick out stocks list.
Go through next wave.
Till no margin of safety is offered, or if you feel that the buying limit with a stock is surpassed.
4-5 such waves can really ramp up your portfolio.
What happens if corrections continue over multiple years?
Take long breathers between sets of waves.
Keep doing due diligence. If you’re not convinced about a stock anymore, don’t include the concerned stock in the next round of wave-buying (you can exit such a stock completely upon a market high; wait patiently for such a high and then throw the stock out, if still unconvinced about it).
Yes, ultimately, markets will start to rise again. Margin of safety dries up. You stop buying.
Your portfolio will now start showing its health.
It’s been accumulated with conviction, at the right price.