In One Chart: Why trying to avoid a bear market can be a costly mistake for stock investors

Trying to correctly time the market is a near-impossibility for any investor, and the potential mistakes are just as severe whether you’re trying to sell high while you can, or buy low.

Because of this, investors who are concerned about the current state of the U.S. stock market may want to take a long-term view and hold tight to their positions.

According to data from the Wells Fargo Investment Institute, the final year of a bull market can be one of the best of the economic cycle for investors, and staging an early exit from stocks to avoid a coming downturn can be a costly long-term mistake.

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