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One Risk You Can Control: Bad Timing

The numbers suggest we do quite a bit of damage to our portfolios through poorly timed investments. Here's some corrective medicine.


Note: This article is part of's November 2014 Risk Management Week special report.

In investing, there's a long list of events we can't control--wars, currency crises, economic stagnation, the level of interest rates--and we manage these risks as best we can through diversification. But there are a few things completely within our control, which in theory should be easier to manage. One of these is the timing of our purchases and sales.

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Haywood Kelly, CFA does not own shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.