When markets are volatile it is better not to trade. Cash is a position and in cash you outperform a down market.
Buy the dip is a valid trading strategy and it has worked well over the last couple of years, so is there any difference this year or this dip? The main difference this year is that the indexes are going now where? We have seen big dips and big rallies but overall the markets are stuck in a sideways trend.
In Summary growing a small portfolio takes time, dedication and is not without work. If trading is something you are keen to learn and enjoy doing then it is not so much work as it is enjoyable and interesting. Do it yourself investing can be rewarding both from the satisfaction of watching your assets grow and learning different strategies in order to enhance that growth and protect your capital.
Many people who want to learn how to trade the stock market ask me “please teach me a trading system that does not lose money when the market goes down!”