Make a Shopping List for Stocks

Identifying candidates to buy before a market sell-off can help you execute a buy-the-dip plan.

Illustration of investors with shopping baskets searching a stock chart
(Image credit: Illustration by Neil Webb)

Did you ever go to the grocery store without a list and end up spending more than you wanted, buying junk food you'd vowed to avoid or succumbing to an impulse purchase just because something was on sale?

Well, failing to compile a shopping list of stocks to buy when the next big market drop occurs – and shares go on sale – can also be costly. It's harder to execute a buy-the-dip plan when markets plunge and fear spikes if you haven't prepared in advance.

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