Published Wed, 07 Feb 2018 06:12:09 -0500 on Seeking Alpha
This is it people! The long awaited market correction that value dividend investors such as myself have been praying for is finally here! In other words, precisely the time to be "greedy when others are fearful" so that we can turbocharge our portfolio income and total returns.
During times like these, when it appears that investors lose all sense and panic selling (including machine algo trading that leads to flash crashes) rule the day, knowing what to buy is even more important than knowing it's time to buy.
Personally I prefer to own individual securities because it allows me to achieve very fine control over my income stream. However, I realize that, as someone who analyzes dividend stocks professionally (and puts in 70 to 80 hour weeks doing so), I have an advantage in: expertise, industry knowledge, and time that many don't have.
For the average investor, exchange traded funds or ETFs are often the best default alternative. This is because they offer instant diversification, low costs (relative to active funds), and allow you to target your money by either sector, investment strategy, or both.
For example, over the past 50+ years, reams of financial data crunching and market studies have determined that buy and hold investing is the best chance that regular investors have of compounding their wealth. But there are five alpha (outperformance) producing strategies that beat the market over time:
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