Reduction Of The Impact Of Price Fluctuations:
When you invest for a long term, your investments are less affected by short term volatility.
The market tends to address all factors that keep changing in the short term. So a person involved in long term investment will not be affected as much by short term instability due to factors such as liquidity, fancy of a particular sector or stock which may make the price of a stock over or undervalued.
In the long term, good stocks which may have been affected due to some other factors (in the short term) will give better than average returns.
Long-term investors can ride out down markets without dramatically affecting his or her ability to reach their goals.
It is highly likely that you could achieve a constant return over a long period. The reality is that there will be times when your investments earn less and other times when you make a lot of money in short term. There may also be times when you lose money in short term but as you are in quality stocks and have long perspective of investment you will earn good returns over a period of time.
There are always times when some stocks do not perform and it is the wise choice to pull out of an investment. With a long term perspective based on quality stocks, it is easier to make decisions to change in a more timely manner without the urgency that accompanies short term and day trading strategies chasing volatile changes.
In India, short term capital gains (The profit you make by buying shares and selling it off anytime within a year) is taxable at 15% and there are no exemptions to it.
Long term capital gains (The profit you make by buying shares and selling it off after a year) are totally tax free
Opportunity to make huge returns: Long term investments, if done after careful study of fundamentals, would give opportunity to create huge wealth over a period of time.Investors like Warren Buffet has followed this strategy to create wealth.
Overall, investors that begin early and stay in the market have a much better chance of riding out the bad times and capitalizing on the periods when the market is rising. When you invest for a short term, you miss out all these advantages.
Spent Less Time On Monitoring Stocks
The day trading requires constant monitoring of stocks throughout the day to capitalize on intraday volatility. But, Long term trading can be carried out effectively using a weekly monitoring system.
This approach is most often far less stressful than watching prices constantly on a daily basis. Moreover, long term investment strategy helps you to concentrate more on your job/profession.
Opportunity to average down
Suppose you invest in a blue chip at Rs.1000 and for some reason the stock falls unexpectedly to Rs 850. That gives you an opportunity to buy more shares and bring the average cost down. This can bring dramatic increase in profits in the long term.