Peter Lynch, a legendary investor, means that many investors lose more money trying to predict and prepare for market corrections than they do by the corrections themselves. In other words, the losses incurred by trying to time the market and predict corrections are often more significant than the losses caused by the corrections themselves.
This is because trying to time the market requires investors to accurately predict when the market will rise and fall, which is difficult, if not impossible, to do consistently. Moreover, investors who try to time the market often miss out on market gains, as they may be sitting on the sidelines waiting for a correction that never comes.
In contrast, investors with a long-term perspective who stay invested through market corrections rather than trying to time the market are more likely to achieve their investment goals. They benefit from the power of compounding and the market's long-term growth, which tends to move upward over time despite short-term fluctuations.
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