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So I have put some money in my TFSA.  How do I time buying ETFs as they are basket shares?

 

I have some some normal shares and my my naive strategy is to buy blue chips when they dip and hold for the long run.  For example I am buying MTN as I believe that their fundamentals are good but they have been wacked by fines so sentiment must be bad but they are still paying a 5% divident.  I see Tinger brands has also taken a hard nock.  Then I took a gamble and put a few grand on Steinhoff and Lonmin.  Is this strategy completely foolish?     

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Also bought some MTN shares yesterday at R86.80.  Hope it is not 'falling knives'.  Price is above R87 today.

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courageous person you
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i failed with this strategy, had a few. Choppies, Nampak, Aveng.... i learnet that if a share falls by 80%, it can easily fall another 19% :(

Diversification is key, and the maths of having a balaned beta portfolio can be a looooooooot of work, so sometimes it's just better to go for etfs
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You shouldn't speculate but invest.... You can never know where your luck lies and Steinhoff could bounce back.... So just let them be.

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