As an investor you must focus more on understanding the companies you are investing in. As Warren Buffett said, “Behind every stock is a company with a business. Try to understand how that business is doing”. That is critical for an investor. Nobody has ever made money by consistently timing the market, or through bottom fishing or by trading each shift in the market precisely. Even the great trader, Jesse Livermore, had to live through multiple bankruptcies during his trading career despite being regarded as one of the sharpest traders in the history of the stock markets.