The Motley Fool

TFSA Investors: Avoid These 2 Market Crash Mistakes

Image source: Getty Images

Market crashes often bring a frenzy that drives many investors to make mistakes they may not commit in normal circumstances. As a Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) investor who is trying to make the most of savings, you need to move in this highly volatile bear market cautiously.

There are two mistakes that many investors make in the wake of the market crash. If you can avoid them and stay put, you stand a good chance of emerging from this market crash a winner.

Taking on too much risk

As a TFSA investor who is saving up and investing in raising capital for a specific purpose, you must be extremely careful about the risk you expose to your portfolio.

Yes, a high-risk investment can make you a lot of money, but if things go south, it can also eat into your initial investment. Once you lose your TFSA contribution room, you can’t get it back.

Because of the extremely long bull run witnessed recently, many investors got too overconfident and started taking on too much risk in their investments. As the market starts to crash now, if you’re not comfortable with how much your losses are and willing to wait it out, you’ve probably taken on too much risk.

The 10 Best Stocks to Buy This Month

Click here to learn more!

Selling at the bottom

As a TFSA investor, you should also steer clear of selling at the bottom. When the market has already crashed, and the S&P/TSX Composite index has plummeted by more than 30%, selling your stocks right now may be the wrong move. Your stocks may have already seen the worst and might not plunge further.

When a stock has dipped too much, sometimes all you need to do is nothing. Keep in mind that you should buy low and sell high, instead of the other way around.

While making sure you’re not taking too much risk or selling at the bottom, consider adding a relatively safe stock option to your TFSA portfolio. Loblaw Companies (TSX:L) has emerged as a suitable option to hedge your bets in the ongoing financial crunch.

Loblaw is the largest food retailer in the country, with its franchise operations spread across 22 local market banners. Loblaw’s retail services also include pharmacies and apparel and its own label, selling everything from baby products to phones.

With the current wave of panic buying, it is clear that grocery businesses will remain one of the least affected by the COVID-19 measures. Loblaw is one of those few stocks that have gone in the exact opposite direction of S&P/TSX Composite performance.

After dipping following the market crash, it has regained its value and is currently trading at a price higher than its pre-crash value. Its stable retail footprint and business nature make it a decent option to buy in this market crash.

Emerging as a winner

By avoiding too much risk and not panic selling, a TFSA investor stands a good chance at withstanding the ongoing market crash and tough months ahead.

The 10 Best Stocks to Buy This Month

Renowned Canadian investor Iain Butler just named 10 stocks for Canadians to buy TODAY. So if you’re tired of reading about other people getting rich in the stock market, this might be a good day for you.

Because Motley Fool Canada is offering a full 65% off the list price of their top stock-picking service, plus a complete membership fee back guarantee on what you pay for the service. Simply click here to discover how you can take advantage of this.

Click Here to Learn More Today!

This article represents the opinion of the writer, who may disagree with the “official” recommendation position of a Motley Fool premium service or advisor. We’re Motley! Questioning an investing thesis — even one of our own — helps us all think critically about investing and make decisions that help us become smarter, happier, and richer, so we sometimes publish articles that may not be in line with recommendations, rankings or other content.

Fool contributor Christopher Liew has no position in any of the stocks mentioned.

Two New Stock Picks Every Month!

Not to alarm you, but you’re about to miss an important event.

Iain Butler and the Stock Advisor Canada team only publish their new “buy alerts” twice a month, and only to an exclusively small group.

This is your chance to get in early on what could prove to be very special investment advice.

Enter your email address below to get started now, and join the other thousands of Canadians who have already signed up for their chance to get the market-beating advice from Stock Advisor Canada.