Should You Hitch Your Wagon to a Racehorse?

Whether you’re a seasoned stock investor or a newbie, chances are that you’ve come across that one stock that seems to be on fire.  It will surge a percent or more for a few or even several days, cool off for one or two, then continue its strong trajectory for weeks and even months.

The question arises:  should you jump into owning a stock that’s growing fast?

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The Most Stressful Thing About Buying a Stock

I hope that what I’m about to share will help you recognize possibly the greatest reason why people lose money in the stock market.  If you can overcome this hurdle, I’m confident that you can experience long-term success as a stock investor.  Why I’m so confident is because I’ve had to overcome this same hurdle myself not just once, but every time I buy new shares in a stock and often with very good long-term results.  One of those times occurred recently  Continue reading “The Most Stressful Thing About Buying a Stock”

An Example of Ignoring the Noise

Jack (John) Bogle is no stranger to the stock market.  In fact, his career has witnessed all of the market’s ups-and-downs over the past 66 years.  He is the father of the index mutual fund and the champion of the individual investor, and he started the famous Vanguard Group mutual fund company in 1974.  When he retired from his role in 1999, Fortune magazine named him one of the four “investment giants” of the 20th century. Continue reading “An Example of Ignoring the Noise”

How To Fail as an Investor

Don’t let the title of this post throw you off, because I’m going to engage you in a bit of reverse psychology.  Sometimes, a great way to do something right is to instead learn how it’s done wrong and then do the opposite.

A few years back, a friend of mine who knew that I was into stock investing asked me if he should get into it as well.  My first suggestion was that he absolutely not, foolishly assuming that Continue reading “How To Fail as an Investor”

A Roller Coaster Only Hurts If You Jump Off

Being an investor in this day and age must be an awful lot harder than it was back in the days before you could simply buy or sell a stock with a few clicks or taps.  Now, I’m not talking about the speed and convenience of online trading – I wouldn’t give those up for anything!  Rather, I’m talking about the temptations that quick trading has introduced.

It’s all too easy for a person to get swept up into the temptation to buy a stock that is surging upwards to new heights.  But even easier is the temptation Continue reading “A Roller Coaster Only Hurts If You Jump Off”

Should You Really Invest In Stocks?

I have a friend who, a few years ago, asked me if he should “get into” stock investing.  At the time, I was still wallowing in my losing ways, “gambling” with stocks as I describe in some of my other posts.  My paraphrased reply was:  ‘No, I don’t think you should.  But if you think you really have to, just do the opposite of what I’ve done and you should do just fine!’

What you’ll also read in some of my other posts is how my once-sinking ship has made a drastic turn-around, thanks in large part Continue reading “Should You Really Invest In Stocks?”