Posts Tagged ‘stock market’

116502594Investing in the stock market has always been risky. Even the most conservative of investors have had their shares of ups and downs. In Wall Street’s Just Not That Into You, Roger C. Davis shares a less traditional way of investing in the stock market, one in which current market trends are given a more important role in deciding where to invest. This tactical investment strategy reduces losses that many of the long-term-hold strategists accept as a normal part of the market.

Stock market investing can seem like a nauseating roller coaster ride at times. While the ups and downs of the market are inevitable, the losses seen by most long-term-hold investors can be minimized when they take a more tactical approach. The basics of this tactical investment approach include:

  • Analysis of current market conditions. There are trends in the marketplace that can be observed and recorded and that can expose critical information. Investing alongside these trends rather than against is crucial.
  • Availability of favorable investment opportunities. The traditional rules of investing, where older people nearing retirement must stay away from riskier stocks and younger people must stay away from safer stocks, are no longer valid. What makes an investment favorable is much more complex than that the investor’s age.
  • Risk management. While no one can predict the future, certain indicators have historically preceded significant tops for both individual stocks and the market in general. Understanding these indicators goes a long way in reducing risk.

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Warren Buffett Invests Like a GirlWarren Buffett Invests Like a Girl is a book for investors about investing. It is a book about harnessing emotions and personality to increase investment returns to levels that can lead individuals to financial freedom. Author LouAnn Lofton offers up a case study of investor Warren Buffett that demonstrates how Buffett’s feminine temperament has allowed him to parlay the small investments he made as a teenager into the greatest investment portfolio in human history.

In her book, Lofton explains to readers that:

  • What truly defines Warren Buffett, makes him the investor he is today, and separates him from everyone else is his remarkable temperament.
  • Smart investors should embrace feminine influences. Female investors are more willing than men to admit that they do not know everything. They learn from their mistakes, trade less, and take less risk. They are less optimistic and more realistic than their male counterparts and put more time and effort into researching investments.
  • Being a successful investor requires patience and taking the long view. It also helps to remember that investing means buying a piece of an actual business; buy a stock, buy a business.
  • Investors should invest in companies they understand and learn what their own circles of competence are and stick to them: “buy what you know.”
  • Smart investors insist on appropriate margins of safety, avoid debt, and when investing overseas, they do their homework.
  • Investors should not get excited by market swings to the upside or devastated by market drops.
  • To become better investors people must do their research, and avoid confirmation bias by actively seeking out information that contradicts their conclusions, not only information that reinforces them.
  • Investors must value people, cultivate relationships, and recognize that a business is only as strong as the people running it. Smart investors look for companies with smart, open, loyal, and fair executives who can be admired and put people before profit.
  • The learning never stops, so investors must keep studying and learn from the masters, but they must not hesitate to question them.
  • Ethics in business is important. People can be good and rich; one does not preclude the other.
  • Compound interest is a miraculous thing; investors can take advantage of its full power by giving their investments time to grow.

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