Typically I do very less articles on personal finance and I would like to argue today when is the best time to invest in the stock markets. It is said that “Good returns are seldom made on investments made in good times. Rather, good returns are typically made on investments made in adverse times”.
As in the long run markets have never sustained either overvalued or undervalued rather they move closer to the fair values. So do companies are available below their fair value in this adverse time?As adverse time investment made provides you more than average returns and vice versa.
I do not wanted to put the numbers for justifying the above, Just try to analyse the Sensex that was in 3000 levels in 2003-04 and made the peak in 2007-08 of 21000 before it went down in 2008 and closed at 15000 levels. Standing again today at Dec 2013 at 21185 could be 40,000 or 4000 in 2014.
Juts to put things in prospective majority of investments in equities are not done with a long-term view, despite the fact that the best that equities have to offer is only over long periods. This is unfortunate, as by investing with a short-term view, investors are not benefiting from the compounding potential of equities.
A small caveat here: Past performance may or may not be sustained in the future.
As I said above personal finance is not my forte but wanted to conclude Times such as present, when the markets are not doing well should actually be looked upon as a window of opportunity for savers to invest more into equities, so that when the good times come, there are meaningful investments in equities to reap the benefits from.