Markets are correcting.
The correction seems to be gathering momentum.
Long-term portfolios lose out on net worth.
Trading portfolios get their stops hit.
It’s not pretty.
Should one be worried?
Have we not taken worry out of the equation?
We’re not worried.
In fact, we want the correction to linger.
So we can buy more.
How long can you keep buying?
How’s that possible?
Very simple. Do you have savings?
Lovely. Do your savings grow?
Yes, month upon month, they do. I make sure of this by spending less than I earn.
Even lovlier. Now take a very small potion of your total savings, and put it in the market.
Small enough, such that if you were to put in that same small quantum on all off the approximately 220 days of the year that the markets are open, even then, your savings would keep growing at a representable rate.
Ok. I see where you’re going with this.
Absolutely. Now, suddenly, your whole perspective changes. You want your next quantum to go in. Thus, you want the correction to linger.
What if the markets go up?
One keeps going in with the same quantum till one is getting margin of safety. No margin of safety anymore means no more entry.
I see. That’s where your confidence is coming from.
Not entirely. You see, by the grace of God, I have made sure that my family’s bread and butter is secure before putting even a penny into the markets.
Oh. Well done!
Then, whatever is going in, is surplus.
The rate of entry, i.e. the size of each quantum is minuscule enough to not pinch me upon the onset of a lingering correction.
Please note, that one gets one’s margin of safety on perhaps 20 – 30 days of the 220 days that the markets are open in the year, on average.
That means that your savings keep growing at almost their normal rate of growth, because you’re rarely deducting from them as far as your long-term entries are concerned.
Mostly. However, what if a correction lingers for 2 years or more? Even at a time like that, you’ve got the ammo.
Ammo, yeah, ammo is paramount. Don’t you feel like spending your savings?
I spend wisely. I don’t blow them away. I make sure, like you, that I’m saving more than I’m spending, month upon month upon month. However, I do spend.
Ok, now I’ve understood how you are so confident.
I’ve not told you about my due diligence yet.
Oh, sorry for jumping the gun.
Due diligence is my most powerful weapon. I delve into a stock. I rip it bare. I get into the nitty-gritty (I wanted to say “underpants” originally) of the management, and let all skeletons in the closet loose. If there’s something crooked, it will emerge. The internet is my oyster. Nowadays, any and everything is available online. Mostly, a stock fails my parameters within the first 15 minutes of research. If a stock survives perhaps three full on days of head-on research, that stock could be a likely candidate for long-term investment. Then, one looks for an appropriate entry point, which might or might not be there. If not, one waits for it. One could wait even a year. Markets require patience.
Wow. Can I now say that I understand where your confidence is coming from?
Yes you can. 🙂