Investors should avoid the impulse to time the market, new data from Bank of America shows.
Looking at data going back to 1930, the firm found that if an investor sat out the S&P 500′s 10 best days per decade, total returns would be significantly lower than the return for investors who waited it out.
And the market's best days typically follow the largest drops, meaning panic selling can lead to missed opportunities on the upside.
Many people try to time the market, and there are thousands of models and techniques to do this.
However there is solid academic evidence not in favor on a timing strategy.
Do you try to time the market?