The FTSE stock market crash is not changing how I invest

first_img James J. McCombie has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Enter Your Email Address This stock market crash does not alter my belief that regularly investing in quality stocks builds wealth. Sometimes stocks may be performing poorly, but in the long run, UK stocks outperform gilts, corporate bonds and cash.With the stock market crashing, it may be challenging to have faith in a regular investment plan. After all, previously-made investments may have lost money. Prices may fall further, and new investments might immediately start to make losses.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…But if investments are curtailed now, because of the crash, then when do they start again? Once the bottom is in place? Buying dips sounds appealing, but timing the market is challenging, and outperforming a regular investment plan is not guaranteed.There will always be bear markets as there will be bull ones. Regularly investing in a bull market means buying at higher and higher prices. At some point, the market will face a correction, and prices will decline. In a bear market, purchases get cheaper and cheaper. At some point, the market will go back up.I really cannot make a case for regularly investing in the good times then abruptly stopping when prices are falling.Crashing outIf regular investing doesn’t appeal at the moment, here is a tip I once heard. Continue to transfer cash to your Stocks and Shares ISA or equivalent, but don’t buy anything. Instead, think of those stocks that you wish you had purchased a long time ago. Those that, until February, really went up a lot.Set an order to buy them at a significant discount to the price they are at now. If the market crashes further, stocks might get bought at previously implausible discounts. This approach may help avoid the temptation to sell stocks and lock in any losses for good, as there is some benefit to further declines.Chasing the marketSome industries and sectors have performed worse than others in this crash. Oil and gas stocks have been decimated as demand for fuel has shrunk. Shares in travel and leisure companies have slumped as travel restrictions, both enforced and voluntary, start to bite. Banks stocks are struggling as central banks slash interest rates, making profits hard to come by.Some stocks have not lost as much as others. Food retailers have held up reasonably well, far better than food wholesalers, and so have utilities. It may be tempting to buy stocks like J Sainsbury because they have not fallen as much as the overall market, but that would be short-term thinking. Food retailers are benefiting for now from having their shelves cleared by panic-buying.Panic-buying will stop eventually, so chasing short-term winners is not something I recommend. Stocks that have long-term potential, beyond any temporary boost to revenues, are where you want to be.If I have to focus on one stock to buy right now, it would be Tristel. This company manufactures disinfectant products for commercial and domestic use. Its share price has fallen just 3% since I talked about it in February, even though the stock market crashed. However, the business has good long-term prospects and will also benefit from the heightened awareness of hygiene once this crisis has abated. The FTSE stock market crash is not changing how I invest Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee.center_img Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. 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