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Trying to out-smart market timing can be dicey business. I’m not a stock broker, but investment professionals I trust warn against a market-timing investment strategy–essentially banking on timing your buys at the trough and your sales at the peak. It may work in the short run, but over time this has proven to be a very risky strategy dogged by low returns and unexpected losses. Despite that, I am told that brokers routinely deal with investors who are sure they can beat the system, mesmerized by the allure of grabbing just a little more of a good thing. 

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