Happy 4th of July!
The stock market can be timed for the best risk/reward ratio with some easy to use chart reading skills.
If you are not comfortable being a short term trader, either by disposition, lack of free time, or lack of experience, you should still consider price action on a chart for properly timed involvement in the market.
Buy and hold only works if you cherry pick the time frame. Holding through the 2000 .com bust and the 2008 meltdown was foolish. You must be in the market and out of the market at the correct times to make money. It is not hard to do.