Market Alert March 24th, 2019: Important: Please Read! We Are Buying. What To Expect.

We Are Buying. What to Expect.

We are excited to participate in the upward trend that we see has established itself and look forward to the potential that it offers.

We bought with a fourth of your equity allocation on Friday. It takes a few days for the trades to settle, but you will get the buying price for all trades as of Friday. Thankfully, Friday was significantly down making it a great day to buy, in our view!

Our schedule is to buy with another fourth a month from now; the third fourth a month after that; and the last fourth the month after that.

Please listen to Ken’s podcast on “The Market Goes Up 99% of the time so never sell: wrong!”

There are 4 main scenarios that could play themselves out in the coming months:

  1. The Equity Markets go straight up from here.
  2. The Equity Markets go straight down from here.
  3. The Equity Markets go down from here and then go up.
  4. The Equity Markets go up from here and then go down.

We have studied our strategy going back to the 1920s, and all four scenarios have happened in the past. Number three is the most likely event, according to our research, and the one that we believe will happen.

Let’s look at each scenario separately:

The Equity Markets go straight up from here. Of course, this is great in the long run since all of the buys will be lower than where the market is a year from now. However, it could bring the anxiety of “Why don’t we buy in faster? We are missing out!” or “The market has been going up so much, I don’t want to buy-in at such high levels.”

The Equity Markets go straight down from here. Since we are buying in gradually, this would be a good thing while we buy-in, but not so good in the long run since it would continue to go down after we are done buying. This scenario could bring with it multiple emotions. “Do we really want to buy while the market is going down? I prefer the comfort of buying in a rising market.” Or “I am glad the market is going down while we are buying because we are getting a lower price each time.”

The Equity Markets go down from here and then go up. This is the perfect scenario, as we do want to buy low and then see our buys turn into gains over time. This scenario, though, could bring with it the emotions of “The market has been going down for the last two months, I don’t want to buy in anymore!” or “The last two buys have lost me money! I am very uncomfortable!” or even “Why aren’t we buying in faster? The market has gone down. This is opportunity knocking!”

The Equity Markets go up from here and then go down. This would be the worst case scenario as we would have bought as the markets were rising and then they lapse into a bear market, and our buys were not good ones. This could bring on the emotions of “The strategy does not work!” “This is not what I signed up for!” or worse “Money Matters, you are fired!”

While it is human nature to experience some or all of the emotions described above, they all miss the point, and we want to disavow you of all of them before you experience any of them.

Keep in mind that our job is to worry about all of this stuff so that you don’t have to. Your job is to enjoy your second childhood without parental supervision!

But, if you insist on worrying, here is what we worry about so that you don’t have too.

Our goal is to protect you from losses that would cause you not to be able to retire, to have to un-retire or to have to cut way back on your standard of living while we wait for your money to build back up again. Achieving our goal comes with the possibility of missing out on returns or underperforming. We believe that missing out on returns or underperforming is not as bad as experiencing the pain that a bear market can inflict.

Since all investments have the potential for loss, you have to pick what you want, a conservative approach designed to make the losses that we do experience tolerable or one that maximizes returns but exposes you to larger risk. And no, you cannot have both!

As we always say, “We are not here to make you rich quick, we are here to help you not to become poor!”

By buying in gradually versus buying all in enables us to mitigate the downside in all of the scenarios except when the market goes straight up from here.

Let’s look at each one separately from a strategic standpoint:

The Equity Markets go straight up from here. We would have been better off buying in all at once, but we are still okay with buying over time since the market continued to rise after that.

The Equity Markets go straight down from here. By buying in gradually, each buy would be lower than the last. In this scenario, we may not make all of the buys as planned, but if we did, we would eventually reach a place where we would sell all and go back into protection mode.

The Equity Markets go down from here then go up. As described earlier, the best case scenario but scary to buy into a declining market.

The Equity Markets go up from here and then go down. This is the worst case scenario as our buys would result in losses when the market goes back down. Once again, we believe this to be the least likely, but we would reach our sell signal and then we would sell all and go back into protection mode.

In the “bad scenarios,” which our research shows are least likely to happen, we would experience losses. The losses would be stopped, however, as we would sell or stop buying when we reach our sell signal point.

No one wants to lose any money. However, we believe the losses would not cause you to have to delay your retirement nor would they unretire you.

The alternative, of course, is to have no strategy at all and just “buy and hold.”

The problem with “buy and hold,” in our opinion, is that a bad bear market could delay your retirement for years or cause you to have to go back to work to keep your standard of living. We saw this first hand in Y2K and 2008, as did many of you.

We believe that delaying your retirement or having to un-retire are unacceptable options.

As you can see, there are many considerations at play, and it is our job to guide you through it all. We do not want you to worry about any of this. Your Investment Committee has over 130 years of experience. We have been here before, and we are up to the task.

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  1. We Are Going Back In, Gradually
  2. Want To Retire Abroad? Three Things To Think About
  3. How To File For Social Security
  4. Market Is Up 99% Of The Time, So Never Sell: Wrong!
  5. Estate Tip: How To Pass On Digital Assets

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Ken Moraif, CFP®, MBA