5 ways to protect yourself from market correction

Markets are like Cardiograms. Just like ups and downs on the cardiogram are necessary, markets are not meant to be linear. Not everyone has been able to make the best of the market cycles. However, smart investors not only leverage on the bull market they also smartly benefit from the bear market. It’s not always about making a good investment; it’s about making a smart investment during the market correction. Let us familiarize you with 5 key behaviors of smart investors.


Greed in the time of panic

“Be fearful when others are greedy. Be greedy when others are fearful.”

For a smart investor, corrections are times to be greedy, because this is the time when smart investors find many opportunities to invest rather than selling off their winnings in selling spree. Smart investors leverage on the greed of buying stocks at reasonable price. While others choose to sell, smart investors invest more in the time of market panic. Buying in the times of correction is one of the identical features of smart investors.

 

Opportunities to analyze more quality stocks

“Good things are found in the depth.”
Smart investors are opportunistic. They seek opportunities for quality companies as market corrections bring down the average cost price for the quality stocks. This means there is a higher opportunity to multiply the number of stocks at a fair value at such times of correction. They rather find opportunities in critical situations than to surrender their winnings in equity. Quality companies have higher growth potential and smart investors execute their expertise to spot one. Quality companies tend to have limited downside during the corrections and they help keeping portfolio strong. Smart investors dive deeper even in the volatile markets to find such quality catch.

Knowledge first

“An investment in knowledge always pays the best.”
Smart investors make their decisions with a supported knowledge base. They trust only the facts and ignore the market rumors. Such investors merely run on luck, they believe in knowledge and research as it is the base of investment in equity. Smart investors avoid churning portfolio often because their portfolios often consist of quality stocks that have limited downside in such times. This helps them avoid cost for churning their portfolio. Markets have never been stable but only the smart investors learn how to make the best of it. Knowing the market trends is smart investor’s characteristic but they don’t necessarily follow.

Buy right: Sit tight

“Big money is not in the buying or selling, but in the waiting.”

Smart investors invest in equity for a long term as they believe in wealth creation by investing in quality stocks that possess a growth potential over the long period of time. Keeping ears to ground and holding the stocks till the full growth cycle of the company, smart investors benefit from the period spend in growth of the company.  Being hasty in selling quality stocks is never a choice of smart investors. They believe in fundamentals to achieve financial goals over the long term therefore market corrections do not lead them into panic. During market correction, they prefer to sit tight on their holdings.



Evaluating performance of portfolio

“Look back to see forward.”
Smart investors plan for longer term before they invest. Market crash enables smart investors to evaluate their plans. They evaluate the performance of their stocks as how much has the stock risen up since the investment with respect to the fall experienced in the correction. They calculate possible value of their portfolio in the bear market with the caliber of stocks in the portfolio for the period to stay invested. They urge to invest more in quality companies for higher opportunities and higher expected returns. They don’t change their plans, they just refresh the existing plans. Above all smart investors do not simply risk money to test their luck, they invest money to systematically create wealth over a long period of time.
 
 

Source: MotilalOswal

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Garvit Chaharia is the Founder of Deeva Ventures & has helped more than 10,000 investors manage their biggest stress - Money; by providing disciplined advisory on Portfolio Management, Risk Management & Debt Management.