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September 2016 poll results

Don't try to time the market!

Earlier this year, we published a piece that looked at what can go wrong when investors try to time the market. Missing just one or two of the best days can halve your returns over a 30-year period, according to Fidelity research¹.

It seems that FundCalibre investors are a level-headed bunch, however, with 84% of you agreeing with the wisdom of don't try to time the market in our poll last month.

We also asked whether the adages 'sell in May and go away', 'don't fight the fed' or 'my bond allocation should match my age' rung true, but 'don't try to time the market' was the overwhelming favourite²:

  • Don't try to time the market - 84%
  • Don't fight the Fed - 9%
  • Sell in May and go away - 4%
  • My bond allocation should match my age - 3%

Don't forget to give us your answer to this month's poll on our homepage and you may also like to learn more about how to invest when the market is volatile and how to protect your money when the market falls.



¹Source: Fidelity, January 2016, using the FTSE All Share
²Results based on feedback from 75 FundCalibre visitors from 01/09/16 - 30/09/16