What Does "Buy and Hold" Mean
- When the price of a stock crosses its intrinsic value — the stock is now getting overvalued and with that comes the risk of a sudden drop in price. Time to lock in your profit and exit.
- You realize you made a mistake in your analysis — it happens every once in a while. You find something you don't like about the company or its management. Had you known that before you invested, you would have never bought the stock. If the reasons you bought the stock are no longer valid, it's best to sell. Remove the emotion out of the decision, admit you made a mistake, and sell. You will be better off.
- The fundamentals have deteriorated — the strong past financial performance of the company have now started going south. Evaluate the situation. If it doesn't look like the company will come out of the decline anytime soon, it may be time to sell.
- A better opportunity comes along — you find another company to invest in with great financials and a very attractive price. One small problem .... you don't have enough cash to buy a meaningful amount of stock. Can you sell one or more of the stocks you own that will free up some cash?