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I've currently put Motley Fool on hold. My entire portfolio is comprised of Fool recommendations and advice. My stocks have hit rock bottom. They're stuck since the recent downturn and don't budge. I'm not selling them. That of course would be an idiotic response. But I've stopped buying or selling based on anything I read on Motley Fool. I'm praying they will eventually begin moving again. But for now, I don't do anything. And I've stopped listening to Tom Gardner's prognostications or invitations to pay another $1,000 to join yet another one of your "exclusive clubs" or groups. I don't know what to do, so I'm doing nothing, hoping the market comes back.
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Personally, I think that's the wrong choice, but you gotta do what you gotta do. This is a great opportunity to add cash into your positions, while they are down. I am jealous of those who have 401k accounts automatically investing over the last couple months, with those automatic payroll contributions buying more shares of funds on discount, because when the market picks up, and it will almost certainly, those funds will grow even faster.

Stock prices will go up and they'll go down and sometimes they feel stalled. The benefit of long term buy-and-hold investing is that for the better companies (the kind The Motley Fool seeks out), they'll sustain consistent growth more than they'll experience drops in price. Inherent in that theory is an understanding that the price can and will down. Sometimes by big amounts, sometimes small, and sometimes over a short period and sometimes over a longer period.

David Gardner has said that 60% of a portfolio's positions over time will show gains while 40% will experience losses. After he said that, I checked my portfolio (which I rarely do) and sure enough, 59% of my positions were in the black. How did he know? That's why I subscribe to Foolish services!

The point is you should focus on the quality of your companies, not the movements of the market price. If you are confident that the company is operating in a positive direction, then over time the market growth should justify your faith. I call it investing in companies, not markets. I also maintain that investing is what happens between quarterly earnings reports and strive to not make investment decisions immediately before or after earnings reports.

Possibly the most important message I could try to convey is to remove emotion from your investment equation. Decisions to buy or sell a position should be proactive, not reactive. This means your decisions are based on a researched watch list, specific news and opportunity, not in response to day-to-day movements of the market or explosive but not necessarily meaningful events affecting a company's future promise.

Who is not concerned with short term volatility or lack thereof as long as the the original investment thesis for the company remains intact...

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re: bum information and comedic prognostications.
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re: it is FREE.

Get out of your 401K's, and start a Roth IRA, however just match the company's contributions. If your 401K's have mutual funds, you're really DEAD in the water. went downhill ever since your 6/28 inquiry. do what professionals look for instead of listening to the Pied Pipers who are clueless. Feel FREE to peruse the site at your leisure.

Take the top ten and do your due diligence. eg....airline stocks are moving upwards because of the drop in oil prices. since on or about July 13th. Up 30K and you still want to listen to the Pied Pipers.

Charts don't lie PEOPLE DO !!!!

Just a thought,

Quillnpenn - a poor church mouse scratching for a living as a Retail Trader.
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Hi Morster,

Months like the last couple are painful. Not selling / not doing anything is a great way to deal with this kind of down turn. Personally, I have added selectively to a few of my favorite companies while their prices are down. But, I don't expect to buy at the bottom, and I don't know when they will recover.

The market has always turned around before. The economy is still humming along. Assuming that the companies you are invested in are healthy, the stock prices should eventually recover.

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I understand your concern but think continuing with your original investing strategy is the best way to go. The market goes up and the market goes down, and the reasons why don't always make sense, but history suggests it will recover and continue to climb. If you wanted to buy low now seems like an opportunity to me. That's what I'm doing anyway.

Yeah, I don't pay a lot of attention to the "major announcement" emails too much either but get what I can from them. The concepts seem to make sense.

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