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Will the markets go up or down from here?
That is by far the most frequent question I'm getting right now. By phone, by email, via online comments… millions of investors want to know.
I'm not sure that's is the right question, though.
All that matters is what's happening with YOUR portfolio.
Up or down doesn't actually matter.
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Many people find it comforting to talk about the markets, about politics, about China, the virus, Russia… seemingly anything but their money even though all of those things affect your money.
Social scientists say it's because talking about specifics makes us uncomfortable.
We like to think we have this handled, but, honestly, that's a stretch.
Most people hate talking about money because doing so requires us to be responsible for our actions. That stops a lot of people when it comes to profits.
They find it easier to blame others for their losses or their lack of results. What's more, they view events around them negatively, which only compounds the matter.
Take the coronavirus, for instance.
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The headlines reflect a constant battery of negative news… new cases, deaths, quarantines, terrible personal impact of one sort or another.
By contrast, I view them as a sort of reckoning. The virus will lead to new analysis, fresh understanding about virology, prevention, human contact, and yes, even curative efforts.
I also see newly emerging markets for air filtration systems, mobile robots capable of sterilizing airports and parked aircraft overnight. New immunotherapy that can stave off or even eliminate the prospect of such diseases.
The financial markets will learn to deal with each of those things, perhaps not all at once. But they will learn just as they have learned to handle terrorism since the horrific events of Sept. 11, 2001, when four coordinated terrorist attacks rocked previously complacent nations.
Rather than focusing on everybody's big picture and what might happen, try narrowing in on what matters to YOU and what WILL happen. That's how you come up with real investment ideas and real profits.
This is as "old school" as it gets.
There's no memorization, no tricky setups, no magic trading method.
About the Author
Keith is a seasoned market analyst and professional trader with more than 37 years of global experience. He is one of very few experts to correctly see both the dot.bomb crisis and the ongoing financial crisis coming ahead of time - and one of even fewer to help millions of investors around the world successfully navigate them both. Forbes hailed him as a "Market Visionary." He is a regular on FOX Business News and Yahoo! Finance, and his observations have been featured in Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, WIRED, and MarketWatch. Keith previously led The Money Map Report, Money Map's flagship newsletter, as Chief Investment Strategist, from 20007 to 2020. Keith holds a BS in management and finance from Skidmore College and an MS in international finance (with a focus on Japanese business science) from Chaminade University. He regularly travels the world in search of investment opportunities others don't yet see or understand.