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seattle prattle
RE: Down goes the Dow
you say the time doesn't matter. It matters everything.
If an investor had ridden the stock market rise up for the last several years, he/she would have more of an opportunity to sell at a profit if the market turns down.
If they do (sell), someone else buys, as you say, but that person is not necessarily a loser either. If they buy at the reduced price, they may well reap a solid profit as the market rebounds.
What makes or breaks each of these investment strategies is timing.
Which leads some here to question your downplaying of that crucial element to timing. A down turn would mean profit taking for some and perhaps a buying opportunity to others. I think what might be the presumption here is that the markets eventually rise over time, which historically has been true thus far.

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