For first-time investors, putting money into the stock market may seem like an intimidating task. You may be asking yourself, what happens if you put your money in at the wrong time? How do you know when to take money out or switch to treasury bills? While at first glance it may seem, in order to successfully turn a profit in the stock market, necessary to anticipate when stocks will rise and fall, and either sell or buy accordingly. This practice is what’s known as Market Timing--attempting to anticipate how stocks will react and adjusting your investments accordingly in order to maximize gains and minimize losses. But Market Timing is not only an extremely stressful and work-intensive practice, it’s also highly impractical.
If you're intent on trying to time the market, you're going to need to invest in a crystal ball first