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Jeff Reeves’s Strength in Numbers: Three consumer-staples stocks to sell — and three to buy in their place

There is a lot to be said for a buy-and-hold strategy. From tax-efficient capital gains to lower trading costs, to the general notion that markets always grind higher when your time horizon is years instead of months, it’s hard to argue that a long-term strategy can harm you.

Unless you’re holding a handpicked portfolio of terrible stocks.

Some investors foolishly believe that if you simply buy a stable consumer stock, you’re guaranteed gains if you’re patient enough. Not only does this not take into account the profits left on the table from underperformance, it also ignores the notion that some stocks do indeed go down — even if they are theoretically low-risk staples stocks.

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