Index Investors Need To Stay The Course


Great Britain, leaving the EU, is causing market volatility.

But just stay the course.

Keep a balanced portfolio.

Don’t speculate about where you think markets will go, and don’t act on such speculation.

Whatever you do, don’t load up on something “popular” just because it has made more money (or lost less) recently.

Read more in this Assetbuilder Article

Andrew Hallam

I’m a financial columnist for Canada’s national paper, The Globe and Mail, as well as for AssetBuilder, a financial service firm based in Texas. I’m also the author of Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School (2nd Ed. Wiley 2017) and The Global Expatriate’s Guide To Investing: From Millionaire Teacher to Millionaire Expat (Wiley 2015). My mission is to educate, motivate and inspire people on basic retirement planning and best practices for investing, using evidence-based strategies. I'm happy to comment on your questions. However, please read the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and the Comments Policy.

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5 Responses

  1. J.S. says:

    Something like this makes me wonder if Europeans are better of using brokerages outside of Europe. E.g TD vs DBS. Because there will be a bank account either way right for cash (dividends, sum to invest etc).
    Does it offer any benefit for Europeans to use non European brokerages only based on such a criterion?

    Thank you, Andrew

  2. Ben says:

    Man, it’s awesome watching your Permanent Portfolio (USA) respond to Brexit. I was soooo tempted to sell some IAU and TLT to buy more VTI while it was down but I stayed the course. I’m excited to see if the same reactions will occur during USA election time.

    My question is, if these market scares cause folks to pull out of stocks and invest in more safe stuff, then I understand the huge gains in TLT and IAU, but why then the stagnation of VGSH? Is there a short answer to that?

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