With the Dow Jones Industrial Average down more than 1,000 points as I write this, how should investors handle this selloff? Let’s take a simple example. These suggestions assume cash is available. Eventually the market will come back. As long as the inflation is this high and approaching 10%, the market is not going to do well so patience is required. Here are a few simple suggestions.
Set up a buying schedule where you establish limit orders following a pattern that might go like this. One might go as low as to let X = 5 shares.
- Buy X number of shares at a price 3% below the current price. Multiply the current price by 0.97 to calculate the 3% limit order.
- Buy X + 10 shares at a price 5% below the current price. Multiply the current price by 0.95 to calculate the 5% decline.
- Buy X + 15 shares at a price 7% below the current price.
- Buy X + 20 shares at a price 10% below the current price.
- Buy X + 25 shares at a price 13% below the current price.
- If cash is available run this patter down to where the new purchase price is as low as 30% below the current price.
I think you get the pattern of shares and prices below the current price. What ETFs to consider? I recommend sticking with either VTI or ESGV. Either will cover the broad U.S. Equities market.
If you wish to be a tad more adventurous, consider market sectors. Over-sold sectors are: Discretionary (VCR), Financial (VFH), Industrial (VIS), and Telecom (VOX).
Buy the end of the day, Health (VHT), Materials (VAW), and Technology (VGT) will likely move into the over-sold zone. Set up a similar buying schedule for these sectors.
If you need to raise cash, sell off all bonds and treasuries and use that cash to set up these equity limit orders. If you have ETFs you have been wanted to cull from the portfolio, do it and use the cash to establish these buying limit orders.
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