Robert Campbell has produced a unique work in the area of real estate books. While there are a lot of books that concentrate on purchasing in the right location and at the right price, this is the first one that points out the right location is of no help if the real estate market is in a downturn. "Timing the Real Estate Market" looks at the real estate market in a perspective similar to stocks, bonds and other investment vehicles. From this perspective there are cycles where prices rise and fall. The author examines not only the cycles of the past but the indicators that preceded each event. Using these "vital signs" he walks you through case studies on how to determine when to buy and when to sell. Finally, Robert Campbell discusses the ten cardinal rules of the system so that you can't go wrong. If you are planning to invest in real estate you owe it to yourself to purchase this book so you understand the trends and how they affect real estate ups and downs. After you have read this book and understand when the market is in an upswing, get one of the other books that discuss location and other important factors so you can get added return by buying the right piece of property.
The basic idea behind the WSC Sector Rotation Strategy is that the economy operates in repetitive cycles. An economic cycle is generally divided into four stages: early expansion, late expansion, early recession and full recession. The stage in which an economy operates has a significant impact on the profitability and prospects of different sectors. Therefore the WSC Sector Rotation Strategy is investing the strongest sectors of the S&P 500 and it is additionally providing an optimal draw down protection during bear markets.
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And the longer the time frame — through highs and lows — the greater the chances of a positive outcome. Indeed, over the past 90 years, through December 31, 2017, 94% of 10-year periods have been positive ones. Investors who have stayed in the market through occasional (and inevitable) periods of declining stock prices historically have been rewarded for their long-term outlook.
Another common tactic during periods of market volatility and uncertainty is to park long-term assets in cash investments. While waiting on the sidelines can sometimes seem the prudent strategy, it comes at a cost. CDs and money market accounts may be less volatile than stocks and bonds, but they also offer little opportunity for growth and income.
People rolled their eyes when I told them I was following a newsletter to try to time the real estate market. I think my attempts to evangelize the logic of Campbell's timing system fell on deaf ears. But the proof was in the pudding, and I think that last housing boom-bust cycle (rising through 2006, then falling for about 4 years, and then rising for most of the last 5 years) made believers out of many of the skeptics.
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