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Buy to hold

Buy to hold is a Motley Fool-advocated investment approach very similar to buy and hold, but conveying active watching, and an open-minded willingness to sell.

Expanded Definition

The Fool uses this language in order to reflect that it is more active than mere "buy and hold" (sometimes criticized for "buy and put your head in the sand") investing.

While the distinction is at least partly pedantic, the Fool is conveying that its jester cap does not mix well with sand.

Nevertheless, "buy to hold" begins with the premise that, from the outset of a new investment, the investor would like to hold the stock for decades, if only the market and the company and external circumstances will all conspire to create a long-term winner of an investment.