Market patterns repeat for investors. Charts tracking stock prices show trading patterns that repeat. Repeating patterns can show the mind of the market. Both human groupthink as well as both the wisdom and madness of crowds are repeatedly displayed. Astute investors can use the knowledge and patterns to make money.
Investor homework piles up facts and profits. Series Part 7 of 7. Patience and homework, your two biggest investing tools, piles up facts and profits. Patience lets you wait for opportunity and enjoy the long ride to prosperity and financial security.
How to play a stock price dip covers dips as excellent buying opportunities. Part 6 of the 7 Part Playing Market Odds series. Think of a stock price dip as either good or bad depending on the context. Buy the good, sell the bad. A good dip presents a gift of profit but a bad one vaporizes capital. So, yes, do buy good dips. It can be a very profitable strategy. We just need to buy the right dips and sell or avoid the wrong ones. To sort that out requires us to establish some guidelines. Price dip triggers: News – the facts change, Rumor – true or false, Opinion – analysts or large investor, Fatigue – shareholders tire or give up, Trading – indifferent, sloppy or emotional.
Misses, writeoffs, bad math and distracted investing. Last post discussed the first three of the 6 Sins of new investors: 1. News based investing = bad news! 2. No research and 3. The high cost of holding losers. In this post we discuss the next three sins: 4. Buying turnarounds or bankrupt companies can bankrupt you! 5. Averaging down sinks portfolio performance and 6. No distracted investing, keep eyes on the road to your financial future! This is Part 2 in the 7 Part White Top View series, Playing Market Odds.
Benjamin Graham and a market myth: voting emotions or weighing facts plus discussion of the myth that small investor behavior causes market panics. Stock market volatility can startle investors and cause fear. However the ‘Small investor behavior causes market panics’, is self-righteous, self-serving nonsense promoted by some stock market professionals. When you know and understand the stock market, you can confidently watch markets without worry.
Anyone can develop the 4 Traits of successful investors: they learn and know investing. They pay attention, use an investment plan, are prepared to decide and act quickly and proactively as needed. They know both investing and markets while remaining attentive to both their holdings and the markets. By paying attention and planning ahead, they can decide quickly and act promptly and proactively as needed. That dependably produces their superior returns while they build greater financial security. You can make the choice of becoming a superior investor.
Headline news warnings and stock market risks explained as possible market overreactions. Reactive trading and emotions can drive market action. At such times, turmoil, not smart investing decisions, drive markets. To avoid being spooked, and trading with your emotions, inform yourself, do your homework and take the long view.
If the market’s behavior makes you consider doing both…well let’s see you go about your business in that position…:-) Corrections happen and this has been one. They are a normal part of the market. So unless we see reason to change course, and so far I do not, stay the course with good quality holdings. […]
Pre-open the futures were negative with Asian markets down and Europe still falling so what is to happen? Oil down and expected to continue and gold down still so that makes it hard to see Canada’s market move up; we expect a down day. US Fed Chairman Ben’s taper talk scared some investors who are running from […]