Is there value in trying to time your entry & exit from the market?

This article aims to address the pros and cons of the investment strategy known as ‘market timing’.

Market timing is the strategy of making buy or sell decisions of financial assets by attempting to predict future market price movements. The prediction may be based on an outlook of market or economic conditions and the strategy is based on the outlook for the market as a whole, rather than for a particular financial asset.

The aim of the market timing strategy is essentially to switch between growth assets and defensive assets in order to generate a better risk adjusted return than that from holding a strategic combination of both asset types. When the future looks bleak, the market timer reduces their exposure to growth assets and increases their exposure to defensive assets. When the future begins to look rosier, they will begin to increase their exposure to growth assets at the expense of defensive assets.

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