They say buy on bad news and sell on good news. The outbreak of the coronavirus that originated in China earlier this year is restructuring the medical and financial systems that we have all become reliant upon. We can only hope that the decisions made concerning the virus are wise and will help deescalate the growing public fears.
The WHO which stands for World Health Organization recently upgraded the outbreak to a pandemic, which was a wise decision with the continuous spread of the virus. But every action has a reaction and we are witnessing that today with the steep financial market declines.
The recent events that just transpired with Donald Trump creating a travel ban from Europe and the stock market sharp decline will put the best investor to the test. I agree that a travel ban should have been put in place, but this will also expose the severity of the situation and will force the general public to stop and take note.
This drastic measure was somewhat ignored when it was done to China because everyone knows that they are a trading partner, but that’s about it. China is closer to becoming a full blown enemy of the United States if political and imperial behaviors of both nations do not change in the near future. Creating a travel ban with a close ally like the European Union has made everyone stop and think.
Donald trump is a businessman with international ventures all over the world. If anyone realizes the significance of such a decision it’s him. This preemptive strike against the coronavirus also known as COVID-19 will ripple across the world and will cause mass shortages in everyday supply lines. All financial markets responded today with extreme losses and are still going down as I am typing. But with such a response, could this be potential for an opportunity if done properly? The answer is yes, but patience, fortitude, and instinct will be required.
The saying buy on bad news and sell on good news is easier said than done. When you are watching your portfolio lose 25% to 40% percent of its value in a single day does not trigger a buy attitude in the typical investor. The average investor starts to panic sell, which increases their loss in the long run.
I have learned over the years that the financial market can be very turbulent at times, but this is the natural progress of the financial system. Nothing and I mean nothing goes straight up forever, and when it does, it’s a clear sign that you are in a bubble. Guess what folks, the bubble just popped, but I never thought it would be a virus that would cause this climatic state.
When I looked at the state of the cryptocurrency and stock market today, I saw nothing but opportunities presenting themselves. Here is the catch though. When has the market bottomed and how to tell that things have stabilized? Do I actually have money to invest right now or do I need to remain liquid?
This is where instinct comes into play and a bit of fortitude and common sense. Instead of chasing the market down, I have learned that it is better to start buying once the market has started to reverse its course. This system is very easy to follow, because as long as I see red across the board, it is a clear indicator that the market has not fully corrected itself yet.
But once I see green consistently appearing, this tells me that the market has stabilized and it’s time to follow the old trusted quote” buy on bad news, sell on good news.” There is literally a buffet of stocks and cryptocurrencies that are undervalued right now and will reap profits for those who are willing to have foresight into future.
But for now, patience is very important because there are still a lot of decisions being made that will affect the markets. For example, Disney World just announced that they will be closing all theme parks until at least April. It’s difficult for me to imagine the amount money at play with Disney World due to their sheer size and operating cost. This will have an immediate ripple effect across the state of Florida and travel industry.
The cryptocurrency market has also been very volatile with Bitcoin experiencing a record loss yesterday that rippled across the new fledgling financial industry. I still believe that blockchain technology will change the world, but for now I will be on the side lines waiting for the perfect opportunity. I see so many crypto projects that are 25% -40% down that I want to scoop up, but I still see red. Until there is majority green on a regular basis, I will stay on the sidelines.
In conclusion, please note that I am not a financial advisor and just some guy on the internet voicing his personal opinion. The financial world is unpredictable these days, but with like all other bubbles and recessions, the markets will correct themselves over time. Just remember to have patience, fortitude, and instinct while following the old trustworthy quote, “Buy On Bad News, Sell On Good News”.