12 Timeless Rules of Investing

12 Timeless Rules of Investing

12 Timeless Rules of Investing: Guidelines Every Investor Should Embrace, But Few Actually Do

An Investment U White Paper Report

By Dr. Steve Sjuggerud, Advisory Panelist, Investment U

In the special report below, I identify 12 classic investing rules that every investor can use throughout their lifetimes. These time-honored guidelines are proven in helping investors achieve their goals, sometimes in capitalizing on gains and sometimes in mitigating losses. Enjoy!

1. An attempt at making a quick buck often leads to losing much of that buck.

  • The people who suffer the worst losses are those who overreach.
  • If the investment sounds too good to be true, it is.
  • The best hot tip I've found is "there is no such thing as a hot tip."

2. Don't let a small loss become large.

  • Don't keep losing money just to "prove you are right."
  • Never throw good money after bad (don't buy more of a loser).
  • When all you're left with is hope, get out.

3. Cut your losers; let your winners ride.

  • Avoid limited-upside, unlimited-downside investments.
  • Don't fall in love with your investment; it won't fall in love with you.

4. A rising tide raises all ships, and vice versa. So assess the tide, not the ships.

  • Fighting the prevailing "trend" is generally a recipe for disaster.
  • Stocks will fall more than you think and rise higher than you can imagine.
  • In the short run, values don't matter.

5. When a stock hits a new high, it's not time to sell something that is going right.

  • When a stock hits a new low, it's not time to buy something that is going wrong.

6. Buy and hold doesn't ALWAYS work.

  • If stocks don't seem cheap, stand aside.

7. Bear markets begin in good times. Bull markets begin in bad times.

8. If you don't understand the investment, don't buy it.

  • Don't be wooed. Either make an effort to understand it or say "no thanks."
  • You can't know everything, so don't stray far from what you know.

9. Buy value, and sell hysteria.

  • Paying less than the underlying asset's value is a proven successful investing strategy.
  • Buying overvalued stocks has proven to under perform the market.
  • Neglected sectors often offer good values.
  • The "popular" sectors are often overvalued.

10. Investing in what's popular never ends up making you any money.

  • Avoid popular stocks, fad industries and new ventures.
  • Buy an investment when it has few friends.

11. When it's time to act, don't hesitate.

  • Once you're in, be patient and don't be rattled by fluctuations.
  • Stick with your plan... but when you make a mistake, don't hesitate.
  • Learn more from your bad moves than your good ones.

12. Expert investors care about risk; novice investors shop for returns.

  • If you focus on the risks, the returns will eventually come for you.
  • If you focus on the returns, the risks will eventually come for you.

Good investing,

Steve

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