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What's a long-term investor to do?

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May 20, 2010 – Comments (5)

Stock market is scaring the buy and hold investors and the retirement saves.  What are great safe investments besides bonds?

 

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/stock-market-challenges-buy-and-hold-investors-2010-05-20?reflink=MW_news_stmp

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#1) On May 20, 2010 at 8:54 PM, 100ozRound (29.42) wrote:

Bonds aren't necessarily safe investments.

If you are truly a long term investor, the best thing to do is to disregard the short-term movements of the markets.  There are no "safe" investments.  Forget the fear and double down; but do your DD first

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#2) On May 20, 2010 at 9:02 PM, dibble905 (< 20) wrote:

Situations like this gives you an opportunity to look at your overall portfolio and see whether you are taking unnecessary risks or not. For me, this was exactly the case. Although I've suffered a significant haircut from the highs only weeks ago, I've shifted my overall portfolio structure around so that even if there is turmoil in the markets, I will still remain confident in the assets I hold. 

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#3) On May 20, 2010 at 9:06 PM, 100ozRound (29.42) wrote:

After rereading your post, I realize that "long term" is relative. It may not be "long term" any more if you're facing retirement.  Check out this post by truthisntstupid from a while back. He does a great write up on dividend investing and dividend yields as opposed to bond yields.

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#4) On May 20, 2010 at 9:51 PM, biotechmgr (35.98) wrote:

The investor should stand aside. There is too much systemic risk even I did not believe asset prices will deflate. Do not double down, you would be catching falling knives.

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#5) On May 20, 2010 at 9:56 PM, Mstinterestinman (23.03) wrote:

If your close to retirement you should probably stick to Blue Chips That pay a dividend in Consumer Staples. I am writing covered calls on some of my holdings to raise cash as I feel tomorrow will be another down day and 9500 is looking very likely at this point.

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