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Psychological Isolation

Muddled Minds Harm Investors

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.

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Markets go up most of the time

Optimism and Unrealistic Minds of Investors

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.

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Attached Stubborn and Helpless Investor

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.

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Investing confidence: calculator, pen and charts used to seek opportunity in market dip.

Investing confidence, taxes and learning the market

Investing confidence: At times choppy market behavior and volatility can worry a new investor. By watching three big factors economic growth, no tapering and no Fed tightening, investing looks good. Investors can be reassured and confident further gains are coming despite a dip due to tax loss selling and premature tapering talk.

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Investor Pop Quiz! Will you buy the dip or be shaken off and miss a rising market?

Investing Buy high, sell low True or False?

The market has been going up but for several days, market turmoil, falling stock prices and dropping indexes tell a different story. Be mindful that there are always falling prices somewhere for something. Broadly speaking, stock and market prices have trended up. Or do current market conditions say something has changed? Could this be the start of a more serious downturn?

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Blue piggy bank and coins "Will QE stimulus or tapering hurt your savings or investments?"

Tapering groupthink can cost you!

Following tapering groupthink could cost stock market investors! Tapering groupthink relates to pending changes in the FED’s quantitative easing (QE) program. Market reaction to the changes can take money out of your pocket. The tapering will definitely and significantly affect markets.

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Oprah Winfrey

Oprah is right – Aristotle got it wrong!

“Follow your instincts. That’s where true wisdom manifests itself” – Oprah Winfrey”Follow your instincts. That’s where true wisdom manifests itself” – Oprah Winfrey Oprah is right and investors can benefit by being open to her advice. Following it can help grow profits and avoid losses. Instinct is our subconscious mind working for us. We must listen as well as use it to think and act. Over 2,300 years ago Greek philosopher Aristotle laid the foundation of logical and scientific thought.

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Emotions are integral to investing

For investing success, control actions – use emotions!

For investing success, control actions – use emotions! As an investor, emotions are as intimate to you as your heart or brain. To be the best investor you can be, you absolutely must control your actions, your behavior. Do not waste a scintilla of time or an iota of energy attempting to control your emotions. Rather control your response to emotions – your actions. Your very useful emotions help you. A seismic shift in investor thinking has been under way for a very long time. Now going mainstream, emotions are being acknowledged as a core part of the investing behavior of humans. In fact I should more correctly present the topic as the psychology of humans making financial decisions.

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My stock is up again, should I take profits?

Profits are for growing not for protection!

Profits are for growing not for protection! Let profits grow, they are for growing not for protection! You invest to profit. Don’t kill your performance by selling winners and buying losers. Use this as part of your core portfolio growing strategy to get rich. Investors must manage their portfolios to grow their wealth and achieve financial security and independence. Actions taken to protect gains can kill the possibility of dramatic portfolio growth. Don’t move to protect a gain too soon. Let profits run.

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