Here’s how you can take advantage of a recession


How can we all forget the great recession of 2009! The recession affected the lives of many and had a deep-rooted impact on the economy. Unfortunately, this time too, we can see that the economy is headed towards another recession. So why not take the benefit of the recession than let the recession take our benefit. There are a lot of lessons to be learnt, especially from the recession of 2009. This time when people saw early signs of recession, they started panicking. The investors sold their stocks because they thought they would incur losses, while they incurred losses by selling their stocks. Had they waited for some time, they would have seen an increase in the value, and the present value would have been more than even the actual value. A very important lesson to learn here is patience which investors usually lack in general.

This is generally unknown to the people. They don’t understand that every recession is followed by recovery. After every recession, is overprices increases. One more lesson or strategy they can adopt is not to sit idle while their portfolios get filled with selling. We will help you get to know the strategies which will help you strengthen your portfolio for a strong rebound. You should keep in mind that an even stronger rebound always follows a recession. When you notice that the market is plunging, don’t withdraw money. Start contributing more. You can invest more in mutual funds or exchange-traded funds since they invest in dividend-paying companies only.

Like the previous recessions, you will probably not see this one coming, but you will be a major sell-off in the stock market, which is considered an early sign of the recession. As we already told you that after a major recession, there is always a recovery. You can take advantage of the declining market prices by using the dollar-cost averaging method. If you are already securing money for a qualified retirement plan, you are already using the technique. Still, you can also increase contributions in non-qualified investment accounts because buying the stocks or dividends at low prices is always a good option because you will buy the stocks at low prices. When the recession ends, you will see that you have gained a lot of profit during the recovery. When the share price is rebounded during the recovery, your stock price will always be higher than the original price at which you bought it. Hence the dollar-cost averaging method works best over the long term for investors who do not want to worry about how their investments are performing.

Holding the stocks during the recession period is always a good idea, but what about the types of stuff you need to hold back to? During this time, the best ones to hold on to are from established large-cap companies that have strong balance sheets and cash flows. These companies are more likely to pay dividends than the small level companies with low cash flow. You can also research for a company that has a long history of paying and increasing dividends. This will reassure you that you are not wasting your hard-earned money. The best way to buy dividend stocks is from mutual funds or exchange-traded funds, as these strictly invest in cleaning dividend-paying companies. You need to remember that the prices will not increase immediately during the rebound. The company in the portfolio will hold them. Thus, you will be provided with stable returns. Make sure to not panic because whatever you invest will always return to you. Once the market starts rebounding, you can slowly start and locating your money from the dividend funds. Make sure always to maintain a portion as a defensive measure.

Food, drugs, hygiene, products, and medical supplies are the necessities of life. Even during the recession consumer continuously keeps on buying all these items. These items are generally called consumer staples since these are the last items to be cut off from the family budget. This is the major reason why companies selling fancy 3D TVs incur losses during the recession and huge revenue drops while, on the other hand, the companies selling these basic food products and other necessities do not. Hence you can even consider contributing to such companies. According to the data, during the recession, these types of companies outperformed the other companies during the last five recessionary periods. Besides providing you with a stable dividend, they also pay a good dividend, strengthening your overall defensive profile. You will even come across mutual funds that only concentrate on investing in consumer staple companies. So clearly, you have a lot of options available to strengthen your portfolio. Now it is clearly up to you which method you will apply and which strategy you will put to use. We hope that our tips and strategies will help you in investing wisely.