Reasons to Sell?

Spring 2021, by the CIO office (NBC)


Selling in times of heightened uncertainty can protect investments from heavy losses. 


Selling in times of heightened uncertainty is generally the best way to ensure heavy losses, as it often rhymes with selling low and missing the rebound.

More importantly, one should keep in mind that the only certainty is that there will always be uncertainty, as it is the price to pay for capital appreciation in the long run. 

And - need we add - it isn't in the media's best interest to report the latest news with nuance and historical perspective; better to let fear and pessimism easily set in. However, the chart on the right should act as a reminder that letting emotions take over is a good recipe for short-term gain, but long-term pain. 

(data via Refinitiv)

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