Practice does make perfect when you want to learn a new skill—but when it comes to investing in the stock market, practice without some direction can get pricy. Before investing your hard-earned money, absorb the following words of stock trading wisdom from these experienced investors.
Know What You’re Getting Into
Investing in the stock market is really no different than buying a new car. If you invest without a firm knowledge of the stocks you’re considering, you won’t understand their value. Research is critical to successful investing.
It’s Not Rocket Science
Take if from one of the top investors of all time—a membership in Mensa is not a prerequisite to successful investing. Common sense almost always prevails when it comes to stock trading.
Time To Buy
It might seem crass, but when an otherwise successful company takes a temporary dip, that’s your signal to buy, buy, buy!
Not A Wise Investment
Yes, stockpiling cash for life’s inevitable ups and downs is a must, but an emergency savings account is not an investment vehicle.
His face greets us every time we pull a hundred dollar bill out of our wallet, so it makes sense to take his words to heart. The more you know about investing, the better investor you’ll be.
Know What To Do With It
For a solid financial life, earning and spending are two-thirds of the puzzle—the other third is investing.
Make It Foolproof
The “Oracle of Omaha” is once again spot on. We’ve seen a lot of stupid moves in recent years by errant CEOs at the helm of thankfully idiot-proof businesses.
Get Outside Your Comfort Level
Sticking with the comfy status quo when it comes to investing is no way to make a substantial profit. Risk is an integral part of stock trading.
Stay The Course
Recessions and inflation will hit, and the market will experience ups and downs. Being able to stay the course no matter what happens is a key to investment success.
Study Your Hand
A head-in-the-sand mentality isn’t your friend when it comes to investing. Have a clear idea of what stocks you own and why you own them. By rechecking your investments on a regular basis you may find that your reasons for owning a particular stock are no longer valid.
Money + Brains = Investments
Deciding where to invest your money takes a strong grasp of the financial playing field combined with an understanding of the human minds in charge of those companies in which you plan to invest.
Use Your Head
You can look into a stock because of a hunch, but it’s important that you back up that hunch with facts.
Always keep in mind when investing that the market can be unpredictable, and there is no such thing as a sure thing.
Think Long Term
Keeping investments for the long haul is the key to a profitable and healthy portfolio.
Know What You’re Doing
The bottom-line? Figure out how to work the stock market and you don’t need to spread your investment eggs into a bunch of baskets.
Law Of Averages
Jumping on the bandwagon when it comes to stock trading is often not the right wagon to be on. If everyone is raving about a sure stock market bet, be leery.
It’s Simple Math
More proof that investing is about common sense and cents, not having a PhD in economics.
Keep Your Savings Separate
A simple rule to live by, but one that is often forgotten when that “once-in-a-lifetime” investing opportunity appears.
Have The Right Recipe
Playing it safe with a sure bet like bonds means not making much profit with your money.
If you get excited about shopping when the term Black Friday comes up, you may not be as tuned into the stock market and investing as you thought.
Start Investing In Yourself
Of course, in order to invest in the stock market, you must first have a source of income for doing so. Your first investment should be in a career that you enjoy that brings in enough money to pay your bills, enjoy life, save and invest.
Know The Risks
The stock market runs high and low, and that will happen when you’ve invested your money—so accept that fact or get out.
Hollywood might make investing look thrilling in those movies about millionaire investors, but the truth is that conscious investing requires planning and patience, and it’s usually not all that exciting.
There’s no doubt about it. Investing your hard-earned money can be a terrifying concept—but you’ll never make money until you take the risk.
Julie Bawden-Davis is a widely published journalist specializing in personal finance and small business. She has written 10 books and more than 2,500 articles for a wide variety of national and international publications, including Parade.com, where she has a weekly column. In addition to contributing to SuperMoney, her work has appeared in publications such as American Express OPEN Forum, The Hartford and Forbes.