Mutual Funds Weekly: Promising stock treasures may at first look like trash

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One man’s trash is another man’s — well, in this stock market, it’s still trash.

The stock market, it’s been said, is not an accommodation machine. The market doesn’t care if you are in it or not. A stock doesn’t care if you own it or not. You are not the first to discover a bargain stock, and you’re not the first to pay too much. You’re not the first to sell a stock too soon, or to hold for too long.

What is rarer among investors is time and patience. Those two qualities are cornerstones of a quality portfolio, and especially important at times like now, when the market really doesn’t care how terrific your stocks are. Read about this, and check out why bad news on Apple keeps coming and why the Santa Claus rally is as believable as — spoiler alert — Santa himself.

— Jonathan Burton

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