What does buy the dip mean?

Buy the dip, att köpa dippen följer den grundläggande investeringsprincipen "köp lågt, sälj högt" men med en något mer målinriktad strategi. Det finns två förutsättningar för att köpa dip: en kraftig nedgång i aktiekurserna och en stark indikation på att de kommer att stiga igen. Ett av de vanligaste exemplen på detta är när ett stort företags aktiekurs plötsligt sjunker på grund av bred marknadsfruktan, snarare än oro över företagets långsiktiga resultat.

Buying the dip follows the basic investment principle of “buy low, sell high” but with a slightly more targeted approach. There are two prerequisites for buying the dip: a sharp decline in stock prices and a strong indication that they will rise again. One of the most common examples of this is when a large company’s share price suddenly drops due to broad market fears, rather than concerns about the company’s long-term performance.

Just one example: Before the COVID-19 market, Johnson & Johnson’s share price crashed what was then a record high on February 5. On March 23, 2020, this company’s share price was down 28 percent. By April 20, 2020, the company had virtually erased all losses. Investors who bought Johnson & Johnson shares in late March bought the dip.

To be clear, no one knows when the bottom will come, and trying to time the market is never a good idea. But there are plenty of opportunities to invest in shares or stock market indices during downturns if you are ready to invest for the long term – and you know where to look. When you find them, you can trade CFDs and get a high leverage that allows you to earn more than from trading shares.

How to buy the dip?

Look at the sectors most affected by the sell-off. Broad market indices, which track a diverse stock market index like the S&P 500, are a proven way to invest. But the same strategy can also be applied to the 11 sectors that make up an index like the S&P 500.

Looking at sectors with the biggest declines in stock prices and then analyzing the funds or indices that track that sector can highlight some opportunities to buy the dip.

Below are the four stock market sectors that saw the biggest declines so far during the COVID-19 crash (April 20, 2020).

Energy. The S&P 500 energy sector dropped almost 45 percent, marking the most steep decline. Within this sector, the energy equipment and services industry recorded the largest losses, down 61%.

Economy. The financial sector also fell sharply, dropping over 28%. This was driven by large declines in banks and consumer finance, which fell by 39% and 43% respectively.

Industry. The industrial sector consists of industries such as aerospace and defense, airlines, construction and engineering equipment, and electrical equipment. Driven by severe declines in the aerospace industry (which plunged almost 57 percent), the entire sector is down 24 percent overall.

Material. The materials sector, which includes industries such as metals and mining, containers and packaging, and chemicals, is down by 20%.

Look at big companies with big price drops

Like Johnson & Johnson, some of the country’s largest companies have been able to recover quickly from the coronavirus downturn. In fact, Microsoft’s and Amazon’s share prices have been rising from year to year – for these companies, the downturn is over, at least for now.

However, some blue-chip companies that have otherwise been stable for years were hit hard by the global pandemic, and their valuations have yet to recover. Looking for cases like those could provide an opportunity to buy into large companies at the lowest prices in years.

However, this strategy comes with a caveat: we do not recommend investing in individual stocks. Experts usually find that low-cost index funds are the best choice for most investors. Index funds are less risky than individual stocks and provide diversification to your portfolio through a single investment.

Major differences between CFD and stock trading

The main difference between CFD trading and share trading is that with CFDs you do not take ownership of the underlying share. You only speculate on its price movements, making it a more flexible trading option. CFDs give you an opportunity to profit from the upward or downward movement of the asset.

Another key difference between taking a long position with a CFD and buying a security is the ability to make leveraged trades. CFDs are traded on margin, which means that a trader can open larger positions in relation to the amount of initial capital they have.

By exploring the benefits of CFD trading compared to share trading, you may find that both types offer different ways to profit from price movements in the financial markets and both can make a part of your portfolio. Take a closer look at the table below and decide which one works best for you now.

Contracts for difference (CFDs) Stock trading
Trade CFDs with leverage to gain greater exposure with your initial capital Pay the full value of your trade
CFDs allow you to open a long or short position so you can profit from rising and falling markets When you buy shares, you can only profit from rising prices
Trade a variety of financial instruments between shares, indices, commodities, currencies and cryptocurrencies. Trading only in shares
Trade all the time in a variety of markets Trade only during stock exchange opening hours
No shareholder privileges Few shareholder privileges

Use the average method

If you have an investment account, consider making steady investments at regular intervals rather than a one-off contribution timed when you think is best. Through this strategy, known as dollar-cost averaging, you continue to buy shares throughout the dip. We look at this in more detail below.

Whatever strategy you choose, understand that buying off the dip does not guarantee getting in at rock bottom prices. In volatile markets, today’s floor can become tomorrow’s top. All that means is that the company’s valuations are significantly lower than they were a few months or weeks ago, giving investors an opportunity to buy in at the relatively low price.

If you believe that stock prices will eventually rise to or beyond previous highs, buying at today’s lower prices may be a good strategy for generating long-term returns – you may just need to make a few big drops before you realize them.

Does it always work?

Yes, yes, “past performance is no guarantee of future results”. But here’s a strategy that has worked pretty well so far throughout the ongoing 21st century: Buy the dip. “Stonks always goes up”. In fact, they have done so.

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