Market Timing

Market timing is the strategy of making buy or sell decisions of financial assets (often stocks) by attempting to predict future market price movements. The prediction may be based on an outlook of market or economic conditions resulting from technical or fundamental analysis. This is an investment strategy based on the outlook for an aggregate market, rather than for a particular financial asset.

Some investors, especially academics, believe it is impossible to time the market. Other investors, notably active traders, believe strongly in market timing. Thus, whether market timing is possible is really a matter of opinion.

What we can say with certainty is that it’s very difficult to be successful at market timing continuously over the long-run. For the average investor who doesn’t have the time (or desire) to watch the market on a daily basis, there are good reasons to avoid market timing and focus on investing for the long-run.

1. The act of attempting to predict the future direction of the market, typically through the use of technical indicators or economic data. 2. The practice of switching among mutual fund asset classes in an attempt to profit from the changes in their market outlook.

Market timing may be the two most dangerous words in investing, especially when practiced by beginners.

Market timing is the strategy of attempting to predict future price movements through use of various fundamental and technical analysis tools.

The real benefit of knowing what is going to happen is that your return from buying a stock before it takes off is obviously better than if you have to buy the stock on its way up.