Chasing the market

Chasing the market

Purchasing a security at a higher price than expected because prices are rapidly climbing, or selling a security at a lower level when prices are quickly falling.

Chasing the Market

The act of making investment decisions based on market trends after those trends have been in place for quite some time. Chasing the market applies to both buying and selling securities. For example, one may buy a stock after it has already gone up in price considerably, and may already have become overvalued. Alternatively, one may sell the same stock after its downward trend has become well established and it may have already become undervalued. Chasing the market is closely related to both panic buying and panic selling and is usually considered an irrational investment strategy.
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Still, investors were cautious about chasing the market higher amid concern about monetary tightening by China after the Lunar New Year holiday, and after recent strong gains, brokers said.
We had lowered our price, but we were chasing the market.