Most of the investors during fall in equity markets become sceptical about it and about future of their investments.
I, suggest an easy 3 step decision making process which will be handy to decide whether you should hold on to equities or come out of it.
*1) Just ask yourself how you see our countries _economic_ future as far as income, spending, infrastructure, development, savings, education, power etc etc...*
If you have a conviction it is going to be *better or much better* compared to today. Then, here comes result of first test that you may continue with your equity investments or make fresh allocations as well.
*2) How Much time according to you it will take to see few or all of above changes to happen. If answer is 3,5,10 or 15 years, then here comes answer for your time horizon to invest in equities.*
Let's say you feel there are challenges in short term due political uncertainty, geopolitical issues, crude, Inflation, current account deficit, fiscal deficit, imports, depreciating currency etc... but you are sure that we will be well off or _atleast better_ in 5 years then here comes your horizon to look for equity investing i.e 5 years. If your assumption is 10 years then for you it would be 10 years.
But for few of you who feels nothing will change or economy will go in doldrums, then *please please* stay away from equities.
*3) Now, match your goals which you have tagged to equities with above horizon and stop worrying about day to day market movement.*
Have worry free weekends.
*_Wish you all happy and prosperous Diwali and New year._*