Buying an individual stock is like placing your money on a single number in roulette, but much, much worse. In the United States, there are hundreds of large investment firms trying to pick the best stocks. Within these firms are talented, educated and well-connected analysts whose sole responsibility is to know whether to buy or sell 5-10 individual stocks.
If you are in the savings/investing mode, would you rather stock prices today be over or under the true value of the companies you are buying?
Needing access to your investment accounts in an emergency creates enough of a logistical hurdle but holding investments that may take weeks or months to sell can really cause a problem.
When investing, it is easy to be attracted to the various vehicles, sectors, and strategies that surround us. Wall Street (and other financial agitators) knows this and they invent new angles every day with the primary goal of getting into your pocket.
Investing has become a game to most, but it should never be approached this way. From meme stocks to crypto, many of you are being far too cavalier with your investments.
Having invested other people’s money for more than 30 years and studied other managers doing the same, it is clear to me that the markets cannot be beaten.
Do you want a guaranteed investment return? If you answered yes, I hope you added the condition that it depends on who is providing the guarantee and what that guarantee actually is.
The annual update to DALBAR’s Quantitative Analysis of Investor Behavior (QAIB) study confirmed once again that when we make moves in our portfolio, we are much more likely to be losers rather than winners.
We have limited resources, be they friends, family, money, skills, experience, or whatever. There is nothing we have that is without limit. The key to finding your own financial happiness is allocating your resources appropriately.
Our technological progress has only just begun. If you want to participate in this growth financially, the best approach is through company ownership in a diversified fashion among industries, geographies, and sectors.
They say close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. Close also counts in financial planning if you are diligent enough to continue to plan. Today’s financial tools offer terrific detail regarding your financial future.
Do Not Consider Investing in Real Estate (Including Your Own Home) With More Than 20% of Your Assets
If you create a pie chart of all your investment assets and real estate is more than 20%, do not consider investing in more real estate. I understand that your home may, itself, be greater than 20% and I’m ok with that because it is much more than just an investment.