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To maintain ownership of a security over a long period of time. "Hold" is also a recommendation of an analyst who is not positive enough on a stock to recommend a buy, but not negative enough on the stock to recommend a sell.
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1. To not sell. That is, to continue to own a security. See also: Buy-and-hold strategy.

2. A recommendation by an analyst to neither buy nor sell a security. An analyst makes a hold recommendation when technical and/or fundamental indicators show middling performance by a security. It is also called a neutral or market perform recommendation.
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A securities analyst's recommendation to hold appears to take a middle ground between encouraging investors to buy and suggesting that they sell.

However, in an environment where an analyst makes very few sell recommendations, you may interpret that person's hold as an indication that it is time to sell.

Hold is also half of the investment strategy known as buy-and-hold. In this context, it means to keep a security in your portfolio over an extended period, perhaps ten years or more.

The logic is that if you purchase an investment with long-term potential and keep it through short-term ups and downs in the marketplace, you increase the potential for building portfolio value.

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REMEMBER those times we hid by the river Holding hands so no one could see us You'd pick me flowers from the banks of the Tyne and made me blush When you'd whisper "will you be mine" "May I have your daughter's hand in marriage" you asked Shaking as if you were going to collapse "What's that lad" asked me dad looking at you as if you were mad He hummed and hard scratching his head with hesitation to let us be wed The room fell silent as he pondered and thought When he said "you can buy me a pint lad and I'll give it more thought" How nothing has changed in our old age only the kids have growing up And making their own way Fifty years on we still go by that river Holding hands so everyone can see us.