Top down or Bottom Up Investing – Which is better?

Economy is not doing
well, the top down investor may advise to stay away from the stock market, diversify,
hold on to your cash, and pounce when the market crash. 
The bottom up
investor will not be bothered on how the market is performing in general. He is
more concern about how the company that he owns is performing over time and if
the fundamentals remain sound. He will buy more if the stocks become cheaper during a crisis. 
Which strategy is the
Perhaps there is no
right answer to that. It really depends on which strategy you are more
comfortable with. Anyway, both strategies work if employ
Understand and believe
It will be great to understand both strategies by reading and more reading.
Then choose the strategy that you are most comfortable with. The strategy of
choice often can associate with the successful person employing the strategy as
For instance, if Warren Buffett is your idol, you will go for bottom-up
approach. For this approach, you normally carry on investing on a regular basis
regardless of how the world is at the moment. Just find the best company at the
right price that will perform over time, and stay invested for a long long
time. You only sell when the fundamental of the company changes. And yes, you
need a strong stomach to withstand even a 30-50% decline in your portfolio.
For top down, understand the dynamics of how the world is
inter-connected and inter-dependent. Know how one event will affect another and
their effects on various financial instruments. Know how to create a diversified
portfolio that is mixture of stocks, bonds, precious metals, cash, and
properties that can weather all situations, hedging against different situation
the economy is facing! Know when to be patient and when to pounce.
Stay consistent
Be a strong believer of your strategy. Aside from reading, you should
continuously reinforce your belief by talking to people around you and also via
Stay consistent!
You may realize Warren Buffett during interview, rarely talks about how
the world economy is currently. He focuses on the company’s fundamentals and
how is it going to perform over a long period of time.
Jim Rogers always mentioned US is the largest debtor nation in the world
and will collapse in anytime soon. He is a firm believer of China, commodities
and agriculture.
And there are these two guys by the names of Peter Schiff and Marc Faber
who had been talking about a global financial crisis for so many years
now.  They never deviate from their belief
even over time.  
All these people appear on television quite often and it seems like they
are using the opportunity to reinforce their beliefs and are always consistent.

So, are you Top Down or Bottom Up?

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8 thoughts on “Top down or Bottom Up Investing – Which is better?

  1. Rolf,

    Saying I'm more top down is like me saying I'm left-handed.

    It's nothing good or bad unless we are still stuck in medieval times…

    Even though I prefer my left-hand, if I have to lift a heavy crate, I'll still use BOTH my hands 😉

    1. Hi Jared,

      Good analogy! No one strategy fits all. Need to be flexible. Just like what u said, cannot be too rigid and live in medieval times! Use two hands when necessary!

      It doesn't matter if a cat is black or white, so long as it catches mice!

      Ah… so u are left handed? haha

    2. Rolf,

      Story of my life….

      People use right hand; I use left hand…

      Other guys can impress the girls with their OCS or SAFINCOS stories; what can I share as sick chicken Pes C?

      Others talk loud loud which uni they came from; I shared I left school at 16 to awkward silence…

      Lucky I grasshopper! If I ant I would probably in depression right now.


    3. Hi Jared,

      It's ok to be ordinarily. Just put in a little bit extra… you can become extra-ordinary!

      If you are depressed… u won't be writing all these out!

      Story of my life….

      Normal people born, heart got 3 valves, mine got 2!

      At 16, friends talked loud loud to go Uni, I wanted to go poly. But sis said NO, I followed!

      In army, friends talked about OCS or commando, I kept quiet. I booked out everyday and started earning (gave tuition).

      I am PES C9. *high five!*

      I m neither ant nor grasshopper! Haha

    4. We sama sama 😉

      We both have turned lemons to lemonade!


      Of course you not ant or grasshopper; you oily man!

      Snigger, snigger.

      Those who have watched Malay movies from the 50s to 60s will know what is oily man… Ha ha!

    5. Once in awhile drink lemonade is ok lar. Can be sour but also refreshing.

      Alamak, 50 & 60s, so long ago. What is oily man? I only know Pontianak! hahaha

    1. Hi Small Time Investor,

      Spot on!

      That's precisely what I mean when I inserted the picture.

      Up or down, it is totally up to yourself. It better not to claim that I am right and u r wrong?

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