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Meet Bob: The Unluckiest Investor Ever


What’s the best time to invest in the market?

What’s the worst time to invest in the market?

Or…does it really matter at all?

Well, these are the difficult questions that have bedevilled investors since forever.

If you’re reading this, chances are, you’ve already seen your fair share of YouTube videos, statistical graphs, and opinion pieces.

It’s so easy to get confused, isn’t it? There’s so much commentary out there. So many conflicting viewpoints.

So, what do you do?

Well, for the sake of cutting through all the noise, I actually find that simplicity is the best way forward.


Source: IDFC First Bank


In Ben Carlson’s book, A Wealth of Common Sense, he tells a parable. It’s a mythical story. About an American investor named Bob. Here’s how it plays out:

Well, yes. Lather, rinse, repeat. Here’s how Bob’s experience looked like over the years:


Source: A Wealth of Common Sense


But watch out. Here’s the twist in the tale. Despite suffering heavy losses, Bob had another unusual talent. You see, whenever he put money into the market, he never took it out. He always stayed invested:

Now, as I said previously, this story is a parable:


Source: A Wealth of Common Sense





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(This article is general in nature and should not be construed as any financial or investment advice. To obtain guidance for your specific situation, please seek independent financial advice.)

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