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My daughter is in her third season playing travel soccer. Her team is unique in that the parents (most of them, anyway) arent nuts. You know, those parents who think their kid is getting a free ride to a Division 1 university, for whom every play in the 13-and-under game is life-or-death?

The majority of the parents are great people who want their daughters to succeed but dont get worked up about a bad call by the referee. Ive become friendly with many of them. One guy in particular stands out for his wisdom.

Hes a few years younger than me, has an undergraduate degree and owns a small blue-collar business. He works hard and seems to make a pretty good living for his family.

Last night, as we were watching our daughters team perform about as well as the market in the past few months (not very), we chatted about the stock market.

I hope it continues to go lower, he said matter-of-factly. I invest every month, and if it goes lower, that means I get more shares andmore dividends to reinvest.

He hadnt read my bookGet Rich with Dividends. Im not even sure he knows whether Im a proponent ofdividendinvesting. Yet here was one of the few people Id met who really understood how to secure his familys future through investing.

Most people, when they find out what I do for a living, ask me either what I think about a particular stock that they own or whether they should sell everything because the market is up (and it cant keep going up forever) or down (and were about to enter a bear market).

This guy couldnt care less what I thought. He said hes in it for the long term. Hes building his nest egg every month byadding shares of dividend-payers and reinvesting the dividends. It doesnt matter whether the market is on fire or in the dumps. He has his investments on autopilot. The money goes in every month, andhe doesnt touch it.

I spend a lot of time analyzing markets, researching stocks and trying to findthe very best investmentsfor my readers.

But the truth is the best thing you can do for your portfolio is follow my buddys lead. Find some stocks you like, buy some shares and add to them (or some new ones occasionally) at regular intervalsregardless of market action.

If you bought stocks at the absolute top of the market just before the Great Recession, youd have a total return of 71% today and 118% if dividends were reinvested.

In a recent study byFidelity, the accounts that did the best were ones in which the owners were either dead or unaware they had an account.

Now, I dont advocate truly setting it and forgetting it. You should pay attention to see whether there is a big change in the fundamentals of your companies. But generally speaking, if your holdings arent hurtling toward bankruptcy,leaving your positions aloneand buying more when they are down is the best way to accumulate wealth over time.

If you met my friend, youd instantly like him. He has one of those gregarious but not obnoxious personalities. And youd think hes intelligent, but not in a brainiac kind of way.

Yet hes perhaps the wisest investor Ive ever met. His nest egg is going to be significantly larger than if he had tried to time the market or gotten scared whenever stocks tumbled. Hes unflappable when it comes to his investments, and hes going to be wealthy as a result.

Marc Lichtenfeld has studied the markets for more than 22 years. After getting his start on the trading desk at Carlin Equities, he moved over to Avalon Research Group as a senior analyst. Marc was also a senior columnist at Jim Cramers TheStreet.

Currently, Marc is the Chief Income Strategist atWealthy RetirementandThe Oxford Club. He is an author, speaker and financial guru to 500,000 readers who receive his publications each week.

His readers include teachers… engineers… sound technicians… real estate investors… financial advisors… business developers… law enforcement officers… people from all walks of life.

Marcs mission is to help every one of them generate a safe and steady stream of retirementincome that never runs out.

Marcs top-notch research makes him a sought-after media guest. He has appeared on CNBC, Fox Business and Yahoo Finance. A few of his appearances are below

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Marc Lichtenfeld Talks About Gary Cohns Resignation

Description: Marc appears on Fox Business Mornings With Maria segment to discuss Gary Cohns resignation.

Marc Lichtenfeld Discusses Americas Retirement Crisis

Description: Marc makes a guest appearance on Bloomberg Radio to discuss Americas retirement crisis.

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Marc Lichtenfelds first book,Get Rich With Dividends: A Proven System for Double-Digit Returns, achieved best-seller status after its release in 2012. Since, the book has gone through 30 printing runs. And in 2016, the Institute for Financial Literacy named it Book of the Year.

In early 2018, Marc released his second book,You Dont Have to Drive an Uber in Retirement: How to Maintain Your Lifestyle without Getting a Job or Cutting Corners, which hit No. 1 on Amazons best-seller list.

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