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Recently in this stock market crash I have been getting this question a lot, and I think it applies not just to this market crash, but to all large market corrections in general.

So, is it better to sell everything in your investment portfolio, or to hold on till the market recovers?

In this video, I share my thought process on how I make my investment decisions for my long-term investment portfolio, and I offer you two important pieces of advice which you can use to strategize your own investment portfolio.

In deciding whether to cash out, you need to determine if you are using an active or passive investing strategy.

If your portfolio strategy is passive investing like dollar-cost averaging, or annual rebalancing of an all-weather portfolio, then whether the market is up or down should not have an impact on your strategy, and there is no reason to change your portfolio strategy and panic sell just because there is a market crash.

If your investing strategy is more active, such as value investing, or asset rotation, and you are good at it, then by all means follow your strategy of rotating your assets into safe haven products like cash or bonds.

The problem that most people face is that they do not have a portfolio strategy in the first place. And if this is the case, then should you hold on to what you have, or sell it in case it goes lower?

In the past 50 years, the market has only corrected 30% or more about 5 times, and only 50% or more about twice. So we need to think about this in terms of a trade-off between upside vs. downside potential.

If the market has already corrected 30%, and you did not manage to liquidate your portfolio earlier, at this very point in time, how much lower can it go? Another 20-30% more?

But if you sell off and it recovers to the previous highs before you can buy back in, the gains you will miss out are 40-50%.

So you need to decide if the downside risks you are avoiding is worth the potential gains that you could miss out on.

Another major consideration is whether you are currently adding to your portfolio (cash inflow), or drawing out from your portfolio (cash outflow). This will determine how aggressive your portfolio strategy is, and I will talk more about it in the video.

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With many momentum-based trading algorithms in the market nowadays, corrections tend to be sharp and vicious, leaving many traders and investors shell-shocked and unprofitable.

As a market participant, what is your strategy when approaching such a market? What is the best way for you to take advantage of this opportunity?

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In a bull market, everyone is a genius because it does not take any skill to get great returns.

However, the real test of your portfolio is during a market crash or crisis. How will it fare if the stock market drops 50%?

If your portfolio is anti-fragile, it will actually benefit from such market volatility, and give you opportunities to buy assets on discount.

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Tesla recently posted a cash balance increase to $5.3 billion and reported a profit of $1.86 per share, shattering analyst expectations for a loss of 42 cents per share.

Elon Musk promised a 2020 rollout of a cheaper SUV and more self-driving technology to stay ahead of larger rivals rushing into the premium electric vehicle market he created.

 

 

Looking at the chart of Tesla, we can see that it traded between the range of $250-$390 for almost 2 years (mid 2017 to mid 2019), before breaking to test a major support level at $180.

From there, it has made a strong recovery, with a whooping 70% gain from its June 2019 bottom.

Now, prices are close to $300, and it looks poised to test the highs of $390 again.

I will continue to hold and look for opportunities to accumulate more again.

After more than 10 years of patient waiting and accumulating my cash reserves, I am finally seeing some possible signs of the start of a market correction.

If you have been watching my videos, you will know that my ultimate investing strategy is to wait for a big crash before going all-in to scoop up cheap stocks for the long-term.

Many people have been asking me if the crash is over, but since there is no consensus, things could go either way at this time.

 

General Market Trend:

This chart here shows the worst case scenario for the S&P 500 (weekly chart), and if the market really does go all the way down, then it will trigger the entry prices for many of my entry prices for the stocks which I intend to buy.

However, as prices are unpredictable, I plan to scale in and buy in bits and pieces, adding to the positions which I already have.

 

Let’s take a look at some of the potential drivers for 2019.

Bullish factors:

  • US policies to boost economy ahead of elections
  • Tech advancements to improve productivity
  • Brexit cancelled?

Bearish factors:

  • Interest rates increasing and more hikes to come
  • Trade war with China
  • Nuclear threat of North Korea
  • Brexit woes
  • Falling U.S. corporate profit margins
  • Record high U.S. corporate debt
  • Illiquidity in the U.S. corporate bond market
  • Extreme, costly climate events
  • A eurozone crisis
  • Europe needs negative interest rates to fight recession
  • Loss of jobs due to tech advancements and automation
  • High inflation in emerging markets

 

My preferred sector is the tech sector, especially after my 1-month trip to Silicon Valley last year.

 

Why Focus on the Tech Sector?

  • As more jobs get automated, the surplus gains will go to the big tech companies
  • Tech companies will expand by buying up the best of the non-tech companies
  • I read somewhere that in 10 years there will only be 100 companies, and in 50 years there will only be 10 companies
  • I prefer to pick the big ones because they will “eat up” the smaller ones

My Top Picks & Entry Price Levels:

  • Facebook (FB) – Entry price: $80
  • Google (GOOG) – Entry price: $750, $600
  • Amazon (AMZN) – Entry price: $1000, $700
  • Apple (AAPL) – Entry price: $130, $100
  • Microsoft (MFST) – Entry price: $85, $60
  • Netflix (NFLX) – Entry price: $200, $125
  • Tesla (TSLA) – Entry price: $250, $180
  • Baidu (BIDU) – Entry price: $130, $90
  • Alibaba (BABA) – Entry price: $110, $85
  • Tencent (700) – Entry price: $220, $170

Do note that these are the “worst-case” scenario prices, and it is quite likely that prices may never reach there, so I plan to accumulate along the way and add to my portfolio.

 

Other notable potential IPOs in 2019:

  • Slack
  • Palantir
  • Stripe
  • Airbnb
  • Lyft
  • Uber
  • Didi Chuxing
  • Toutiao

 

I am pretty confident the next wave of financial and economic gains will go mainly into the tech sector, with the focus on applications of AI, machine learning, data science into every aspect of our lives. The biggest winners will be those who own the algorithms.

That said, there will also be risks, such as increased regulation or anti-monopolistic backlash, which could negatively affect the stocks.

Good luck, and get ready to buy and hold for the next 10 years! 😀