This year has been one of doom, gloom, and if you’re looking at the stock market, boom. Which might seem a bit, well, disjointed. But it’s clear to us, and corroborated by our friends at The Motley Fool, that the stock market =/= the economy.
So we decided to look into why this discrepancy exists, and what investing info you need to ride out a year that can only be described as “one heck of a head scratcher.”
Now vs. Later
Let’s get something straight, the economy is what is happening right now. The stock market is all about the future—and that doesn’t mean flying cars and meals in pill format—it just means that investing has always been about what will happen tomorrow.
So while our current situation is changing minute-to-minute, investors have been surprisingly upbeat about what things look like down the road. Honestly, it’s not a bad metaphor for life; things are typically pretty dreamy looking out towards the horizon.
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The Big Players Gonna Play
The vast majority of stock trading is done by big institutional investors (according to FINRA it’s about 70%), which is another reason the stock market has weathered so many storms this year. The suits on Wall Street tend to put their money in big businesses that are more likely to be able to handle a recession or economic downturn.
So while their actions may have something to do with all the green on your investing app, you don’t have to only play their game. Which is why we like to say…
Acquaint Yourself With Equities
If you’re looking to accumulate wealth over the long term—uh, no duh—historical analyses have proven that equities markets may be the most reliable way to do so. They are typically a good cornerstone for an investing strategy that will allow you to look to the future. Adding equities to a portfolio that utilizes cash management and diversification can be quite a potent money-making mixture.
Remember: the equities market is as big and varied as the stock market itself. So take this opportunity to do some research and find a strategy that fits your goals for the future.
As investors, that should always be our focus. While following current events is essential to understanding market forces (and being a well-informed human), we should try and keep our gaze towards the horizon. Just because the economy and the stock market aren’t the same, doesn’t mean we can’t use lessons from both to ensure our financial future is as bright as possible.
Via Morning Brew