Market Timing – Avoid It!

July 19, 2019by Brian Fry CFP®

As an Austin, TX financial planner, an investment management concept I always hear about is trying to time and beat the market. When it comes to investment performance, time in the market is better than timing the market.

Considered one of the best investors of all time, Warren Buffett has strong opinions on market timing. Buffett states, “I have never known anyone who could consistently time the market. And in fact I’ve never known anyone who knows anyone, who was able to consistently time the market.”

7. Avoid Market Timing

You never know which market segments will outperform from year to year. By holding a globally diversified portfolio, investors are well positioned to seek returns wherever they occur independent of time.

Even with a globally diversified portfolio, market movements can tempt investors to switch asset classes based on fear and greed with the hope to time the market.

This exhibit above features annual ranked performance of major asset classes in the US and international markets over the past 15 years. The asset classes are represented by corresponding market indices. The patchwork dispersion of colors shows that the relative performance of asset classes is unpredictable across time periods.

Investors who follow a structured, diversified approach are well positioned to seek returns whenever and wherever they occur. Diversification also reduces the risk of being heavily invested in an underperforming asset group in any given period of time.


This is part seven of a ten part series in pursuing a better investment experience.

Part One: Embrace Market Pricing
Part Two: Outguessing the Market – Don’t Try It!
Part Three: Past Performance – Don’t Chase It!
Part Four: Let Markets Work for You
Part Five: Consider the Drivers of Expected Returns
Part Six: Practice Smart Diversification
Part Eight: Separate Emotions From Investing
Part Nine: Look Beyond Investment Headlines
Part Ten: Control Your Investment Focus

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Austin, TX Financial Planner

Still have questions in how to pursue a better financial planning and investment experience and avoid market timing? Meet with an Austin, TX financial planner.


by Brian Fry CFP®

Safe Landing Financial is a Los Angeles, CA fee-only financial advisor providing financial planning, retirement planning and investment management to tech professionals and pre-retirees. When you work with Safe Landing Financial, you work with Brian Fry, a fiduciary and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ that puts clients’ best interests first. Financial planning services include: retirement planning, charitable giving, asset protection, estate planning, saving for college, debt management, tax strategy and investment management. Safe Landing Financial serves as a virtual fee-only financial advisor to individuals and families nationwide.