Definitions

Market timing is buying low and selling high.

The trick is knowing when.

Success is measured against “buy-and-hold” performance.

 

Our Formal Definition:

Market timing is an investment strategy of buying and selling financial securities with the goal of achieving better net profits, or smaller net losses, versus holding the securities during the same period of time.

From Wikipedia:

“The strategy of making buy or sell decisions of financial assets by attempting to predict future market price movements.”

 

From TimerTrac.com:

“Buying low and selling high in an effort to buy before markets go up and sell before the markets go down.”

 

From Market Timing for Dummies:

“The act of entering and exiting trades in any market, whether, stocks, bonds, futures, or options.”

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