Saturday, February 14, 2009

How to be a successful investor

Many people have been searching for the secrets to be a successful investor. However many of them would refuse to listen to sound advice but would fall prey to charlatan and people like bernard madoff. The reason is that most people want to be rich quickly and people like madoff tell them that they can. While some can get rich quickly many would lose everything they have.

So what are the secrets of investing?

To most people the stock market is a strange world where they hear stories of people losing money and companies go bankrupt. However there are opportunities to make it in the stock market, provided that you adhere to some sound principles.

Most of the investment gurus (John Templeton, Peter Lynch, Warren Buffett) have explain some pretty simple principles to which the beginner investor must adhere to.And if there’s one thing that they all agree on, it is the fact that the beginner investor must go for the long term and not aim at making large profits on the short term. In simple term, invest in the stock market not to make money today, but to make money in the long run. Successful investors that make alot of profits have invested for the long term and are not looking for the hot stock that would make them rich. The problem with this way of investing is that it is impossible to get to the hot stock before its price goes up.

Investing principles 1

Although it has been said time and again, it doesn’t seem to stick: when investing, time is on your side. The stock market always go up on the long run even if they go down in the short term. The longer an investment is held, the greater its chance to increase in value.As an investor, if you understand this, day-to-day market fluctuations will not drive you crazy and you will be able to concentrate on the one variable that you can (literally) bank on: TIME. Also buying and selling make your broker rich because each time you do a transaction you are paying a fee to him.

Investing principles 2

Start out small and build your confidence while taking small risks. Invest only $100 or $1,000 instead of your entire savings.There are a lot of things that you will never know unless you’re learning by doing.

Investing principles 3

Imitate the investment masters and read about successful investors. Talk to successful people you may know and ask them how they accomplished their goals. You could be surprised how open truly successful people are.

Investing principles 4

Don’t panic and sell if things go down. Actually you should even expect them to. If you buy good companies with sound fundamentals, drops in the market value of the stock will only be temporary and might even be good times for you to buy the stock when it’s “on sale”.

Here you go guys. Keep investing and stay put in this recession.

Good luck.

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  1. Extremely good. Well thoughts and useful for those who start investing. It is better to see some tips on the requirement of independent study and research to identify best companies to invest.

    Best wishes from, Sherin
    The Money Maniac Blogger

  2. I agree with admin about the need to talk about research techniques.
    Researching should be done to see if a company is undervalued or overvalued or if its business model,cashflow is sustainable and if any problem will hit it in the future

  3. I am researching the different evaluation strategies at the moment. It will be in a future post

  4. Nice read I was actually expecting more perhaps because I don't know where to begin investing. I've seen lot of online trading tools which honestly I don't have any idea how it actually works. Thanks for the advice.

  5. What you could do is to save some money and then invest in an index fund like those at

    Index funds are the best to start investing. Keep investing in it and then try to educate yourself or keep reading in this blog. You can read these two other posts.

    Good reading.

    what is an index fund

    Investing with a small amount of money

    I congratulate you to have started your reading with this blog. Remember the investing world is not easy you will have a lot to read and educate yourself.

    But to start invest with vanguard index fund.