I hear a lot of talk recently of people raising the level of cash that they have in their stock portfolio. People talk about having cash of 25% and plus. I personally generally have never more than 5% in cash. The only reason for my cash is to be able to take money from my RIF accounts yearly.
The most I will do with market uncertainty is to stop investing. If I build up some cash, I put it into an investment savings account waiting for when I find something I want to buy at a price I want to pay. This is because I believe in paying a reasonable price for stocks and try not to over pay for any of my stock purchases. There are times in market highs that I find nothing I want to buy at a price I am willing to pay.
What do I do about bear markets? I just sit them out. I am been investing since the 1970’s and I have been through many bear markets. The drop in the value of your portfolio can at times be jaw dropping. This is never easy to watch, but I know I have good stocks and that they will recover.
Also, I invest in dividend growth stocks. In bear markets, I find that some companies cut or suspend their dividends, some keep them flat and some will raise them. Overall, I find in bear markets that my dividends go up. They will not go up as much as in bull markets, but my total dividends do increase. Each bear market affects different industries differently and that is why dividends are handled differently by different companies. This is why you need a diversified portfolio.
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