5 Reasons to Always Be in Stocks and Hold on Basically Forever

Motley Fool - 02-14

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If you owned stocks during the final months of 2018, looking at your portfolio and investment account statements was almost certainly an exercise in pain management. Essentially, we all took ugly haircuts. Then came 2019, and for reasons that were no better than the ones that drove prices down, shares recovered for the best January since 1987 -- incidentally, another year investors don't recall with fondness. And all of these steep ups and downs may have some people thinking, "If only I could have sold before the worst of the declines and then bought back in at the bottom! Then I'd have made a fortune!"