3 Reasons Why Trying to Time the Market Is a 'Fool's Errand'

3 Reasons Why Trying to Time the Market Is a 'Fool's Errand'

Plenty of research has gone into how well market timing might work. When the brokerage firm Charles Schwab studied market timing, it found that the cost of waiting for the "perfect moment" to invest costs investors more than they would have earned -- even if their timing had been perfect. Very few of us can predict short-term market movements accurately enough to beat the buy-and-hold strategy.