The stock market can be a rollercoaster ride of price volatility. You can make profitable returns today and make losses tomorrow. Volatility in the stock market can be caused by recessions, natural disasters, and even instances like global health events, which caused serious price volatility between 2020 and 2021, with sudden rises and drops in stock prices. As shown by datacenterdynamics.com, all three major stock indexes in the U.S. (Dow Jones, S&P 500, and NASDAQ) also dropped down to a very low level in 2020, and this affected tech market stock negatively in June 2023.
However, price volatility is an inherent aspect of the financial markets, and the Irish stock market is no exception; thus, investors need to be prepared to navigate the ups and downs of the market. This article will explore tips and strategies for navigating price volatility in the Irish stock market.
One common strategy for navigating stock market fluctuations is diversification. Diversification means diversifying your investments across different asset classes; that way, you can reduce the impact of market volatility on your portfolio. For example, if you invest in stocks, bonds, and real estate, a decline in the stock market may be offset by gains in the bond or real estate markets.
Furthermore, while diversifying your portfolio, it’s best to invest in opportunities like E-mini S&P 500 futures contracts, as they help you reduce the impact of broader exposure to the stock market. Simply put, they help you sell ES futures contracts at a predetermined price in the future, enabling you to offset losses and make a profit.
Since these futures are based on the expected value of the S&P 500 index, you can incorporate insights from the S&P 500 futures chart. The S&P 500 futures chart is a useful tool for investors to gain insights into the broader market trends and sentiment and speculate on the future value of various components of the S&P 500 Index. On the other hand, the S&P 500 Index is a capitalization-weighted index of 500 stocks representing all major 500 companies in the US with their common stock listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
So, when you align your portfolio with the broader market trends indicated by the S&P 500 futures chart, you can position yourself more strategically to navigate Irish market volatility.
Avoid Making Impulsive Moves
Market volatility can cause investors to panic and make hasty decisions. A study by money.com revealed that in 2022, many investors made impulsive decisions due to high stock market volatility: 29% bought so much investment, 17% sold off their investments, and 55% neither bought nor sold. When investors make hasty investment decisions, it leads to missed opportunities and poor investment decisions and may hurt their portfolio in the long run.
The CEO of Mittelman Wealth Management, Joel Mittelman, says “You need extra discipline and a good investment structure once there’s a heightened case of volatility in the stock”. Sadly, that’s when most investors fail to adopt a good investment plan. However, it’s important to take a long-term perspective and avoid making impulsive moves based solely on recent market movements.
Long-term investments result in a higher compounding rate of growth. For example, if you invest £2,000 at a 5% rate per annum, you’ll get £100 yearly, and if there’s no reinvestment for 30 years, you’ll get £3,000. But if you reinvest, you’ll get returns of £6,644. This gives you more than a double increase in your initial investment.
Price volatility in the stock market can be frightening; however, it’s important to stay calm, diversify your portfolio strategically, and take a long-term perspective. Following the tips and strategies discussed in this article will help investors navigate price volatility in the Irish stock market and make informed investment decisions.