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The Importance of a Balanced Portfolio: Combining Long-Term and Short-Term Investing Strategies

4 min readDec 21, 2022

Let’s highlight the potential for higher returns and the power of compound interest over a longer period of time, as well as the potential for short term investing to be riskier and more subject to market fluctuations.

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The Two Sides of the Same Coin

Long-term investing refers to the practice of holding investments for an extended period of time, typically several years or more. Short-term investing, on the other hand, involves buying and selling investments within a shorter time frame, such as a few months or less.

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In both approaches, the goal is to generate returns by putting your money into various assets with the expectation that the value of those assets will increase over time. This increase in value, or return, can come in the form of capital appreciation (an increase in the value of the asset) or income (such as dividends or interest).

This can help you achieve your financial goals, such as saving for retirement or building wealth over the long term.

Why Favor the Long-Term Approach?

There are several potential benefits to long-term investing:

  1. Compound interest: a main advantage of long-term investing is the opportunity for compound interest to work in your favor. When you invest for the long term, your returns can compound over time, potentially leading to significant growth in your investment.
  2. Diversification: Long-term investing allows you to diversify your portfolio, which can help to reduce risk. By holding a diverse range of investments, you can potentially mitigate the impact of market fluctuations on your portfolio.
  3. Discipline: Long-term investing requires and builds discipline, as it involves holding onto investments through both good and bad market conditions. This discipline can help to prevent impulsive decisions based on short-term market movements.
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Why Promote the Short-Term Approach?

On the other hand, short-term investing may offer the following benefits:

  1. Flexibility: Short-term investing allows you to be more flexible with your investments, as you can quickly respond to changes in the market.
  2. Potential for quick profits: If you are able to successfully identify short-term market trends, you may be able to achieve quick profits through short-term investing.
  3. Opportunity to take advantage of market inefficiencies: Short-term investing may also provide the opportunity to take advantage of temporary market anomalies, such as mispricings or temporary supply and demand imbalances.
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Overall, What Matters is You

It’s important to note that both long-term and short-term investing have their own set of risks and rewards, and the right strategy for you will depend on your financial goals and risk tolerance.

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It’s generally recommended to have a mix of both long-term and short-term investments in your portfolio to diversify your risk.

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