Stock market crash


Brad Barrett has frequently discussed stock market crashes and the importance of staying the course as an investor. Key insights include:

  1. Inevitability and Unpredictability of Crashes: JL Collins and Brad emphasize that market crashes are inevitable and no one can accurately predict when they will occur or what will cause them. Therefore, it’s crucial to acknowledge their inevitability and prepare mentally to stay invested during downturns 1 2.

  2. Benefits for Long-term Investors: Crashes can be advantageous, especially for young investors, as they provide opportunities to buy stocks at lower prices. Over time, the market will recover and continue to grow 3 2.

    Market Crash Coming

    JL Collins discusses the inevitability of market crashes and the importance of staying the course when investing for the long term. He emphasizes that no one can accurately predict the market, and that it's important to ignore the talking heads and focus on long term goals.


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  3. Staying the Course: During both minor corrections and major crashes, maintaining a long-term perspective and resisting the urge to sell is vital. Selling during a downturn locks in losses, whereas staying invested allows for recovery and growth 4 5 6.

  4. Role of Bonds: Bonds can help smooth out volatility in a portfolio. In times of market crashes, bonds often remain stable or even increase in value, providing a buffer against the heavy losses in stocks 7.

  5. Psychological Preparedness: Experiencing previous downturns can help in maintaining composure during future crashes. Being mentally prepared for significant drops is critical in staying committed to your investment strategy 8.

  6. Avoiding Market Timing: Brad stresses that trying to time the market is extremely difficult because it requires accurately predicting both the peak and the bottom, which is nearly impossible. A consistent investment approach, like dollar-cost averaging, helps mitigate this risk 9.

By focusing on long-term investment strategies, understanding market cycles, and utilizing diversification through bonds, investors can mitigate the impact of stock market crashes and work towards financial growth and stability.