Investment overtime has always been referred to as a risky venture, that’s because the intending investors most times neglect the guidelines that should guide them at taking each step towards their venture.
These concise guiding lines by Dr Steve, an advisory panelist for InvestmentU is an all time guide for every investor who intends handling his investment venture with wisdom.
1. An attempt at making a quick buck often leads to losing much of that buck.
- The people who suffer the worst losses are those who overreach.
- If the investment sounds too good to be true, it is.
- The best hot tip I’ve found is “there is no such thing as a hot tip.”
2. Don’t let a small loss become large.
- Don’t keep losing money just to “prove you are right.”
- Never throw good money after bad (don’t buy more of a loser).
- When all you’re left with is hope, get out.
3. Cut your losers; let your winners ride.
- Avoid limited-upside, unlimited-downside investments.
- Don’t fall in love with your investment; it won’t fall in love with you.
4. A rising tide raises all ships, and vice versa. So assess the tide, not the ships.
- Fighting the prevailing “trend” is generally a recipe for disaster.
- Stocks will fall more than you think and rise higher than you can imagine.
- In the short run, values don’t matter.
5. When a stock hits a new high, it’s not time to sell something that is going right.
- When a stock hits a new low, it’s not time to buy something that is going wrong.
6. Buy and hold doesn’t ALWAYS work.
- If stocks don’t seem cheap, stand aside.
7. Bear markets begin in good times. Bull markets begin in bad times.
8. If you don’t understand the investment, don’t buy it.
- Don’t be wooed. Either make an effort to understand it or say “no thanks.”
- You can’t know everything, so don’t stray far from what you know.
9. Buy value, and sell hysteria.
- Paying less than the underlying asset’s value is a proven successful investing strategy.
- Buying overvalued stocks has proven to under perform the market.
- Neglected sectors often offer good values.
- The “popular” sectors are often overvalued.
10. Investing in what’s popular never ends up making you any money.
- Avoid popular stocks, fad industries and new ventures.
- Buy an investment when it has few friends.
11. When it’s time to act, don’t hesitate.
- Once you’re in, be patient and don’t be rattled by fluctuations.
- Stick with your plan… but when you make a mistake, don’t hesitate.
- Learn more from your bad moves than your good ones.
12. Expert investors care about risk; novice investors shop for returns.
- If you focus on the risks, the returns will eventually come for you.
- If you focus on the returns, the risks will eventually come for you.
Be conscious of each step you take towards investing your resources, as every little mistake will cost alot. Be guided and be among those investors who see investments as a returns yielding venture and not those who see it as a risky venture.