Muddled minds harm investors so we need awareness of the psychological effects of isolation and confused thinking. This discussion continues the 10 Paralyzing Mental Blocks of Investors introduced in the last post. Isolation and confusion can quickly produce confused thinking and mentally block an investor from making the right decisions. Part 6 of the White Top View Series, Mind Game discussing emotions and psychological aspects of investing.
Optimism and unrealistic minds of investors discusses the need for a realistic, knowledgeable outlook. Personal finance and investing basics includes knowing that unfounded optimism and unrealistic attitudes can produce huge losses. This post continues the White Top View Series, Mind Game discussing emotions and psychological aspects of investing.
The attached stubborn and helpless investor continues the discussion of the 10 Paralyzing Mental Blocks of Investors introduced in the last post. This post discusses the challenges of attachment, stubbornness and helplessness that can mentally block an investor. Part 4 of the White Top View Series, Mind Game discussing emotions and psychological aspects of investing.
Part 12 of 12 part Short Story on Short Selling series. Shorting stocks is hard. Discusses the psychology, the hard, demanding, taxing play and the three best short characteristics. Last of the White Top Investor twelve part series on selling short. Knowing of this one especially challenging aspect of the stock market helps new and experienced investors reach a better level of understanding markets. Although shorting stocks is hard, and not for beginners, for their benefit and to best understand the market, they must be aware of it.
Part 11 of 12 part Short Story on Short Selling series. Short selling analytics and money making insights help both long and short investors gain insight. Analysing short sale data produces useful information. In fact short-selling analytics and money making insights go together. All investors that pay attention to the short selling data can find valuable information. Often it directly applies to money making opportunities. Extracting the right insights from the data increases your money making potential.
After printing a sea of yen, Japan will add to the market and economic stimulus by tapping a huge ocean of savings. Such historic changes make Japan a buy for investors because: 1 Japan has reversed a long standing policy and begun printing an ocean of stimulus money and 2 a new pending NISA program a government created investment program gives equities access to an ¥8 trillion ocean of private savings accounts.
Presuming an already uptrending or bullish market, a strong bull run for an individual stock needs momentum to continue upward price movement for any significant time. The bull icon serves interchangeably to represent a rising market, an investor buying long or the rising stock play itself. At such times we can say the bulls or herd runs as prices, volumes and investors charge ahead! At a minimum, momentum needs both an increasing price for the stock and an increasing volume of shares traded. Simple basic trading of a momentum play means buying a rising stock that on most days continues rising or trending to ever higher prices. Profitable momentum play execution requires trading out or selling the stock at the higher prices. Most such plays unfold over a matter of weeks or a few months; few extend longer than a year.
A symbolic black figure with a clock face sprints after a line of dollars. Representing trading and a trader chasing dollars to find profit. The article makes the point that trading is not investing although extreme media coverage can leave the impression that trading is investing and that investing is trading. It is not. Trading refers to a broad range of shorter term strategies that can be used by an experienced investor. The essence of trading is an investor’s belief that a buyer can be found, in the near future, to pay a higher price for a share being purchased today. If that bet is right, the investor profits, if the bet is wrong, a loss results.
Successful investors consider risk, reward and the investor’s knowledge and ability before investing. Income, value and growth are all basic approaches to investing.
If you must look at options, begin by reading, Options for Dummies by George A. Fontanills. This low cost and readily available introductory book gives good basic coverage of the options spectrum. It serves as a good reference to keep on hand.
Last discussion I made it clear that option trades have no place in a beginner’s portfolio. It is good to be aware of them and to learn about them. Only consider using options after you become a knowledgeable and experienced investor.