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Computerized Investing > Third Quarter 2012

Economic Data

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by CI Staff

As a general rule, individual investments rise and fall with the tide. This means that even a fundamentally strong company that is somewhat undervalued may lose value during economic recessions and fundamentally weaker companies that are slightly overvalued may rally during bull markets. Because of this, it is prudent to consider the overall economic environment while making investment decisions.

We know that individual investors typically come out on the wrong end of market timing. However, economic indicators may provide a gauge to the strength of the current market conditions. It is never wise to jump into and out of investments strictly due to weak or strong economic indicators. However, if you have new money to invest, economic research can point you toward investments that may be more appropriate for the economic climate.

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