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How to Avoid Common Investing Mistakes

By Chanel Rick - Mar 19,2022
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Mistakes are an inevitable part of the learning curve in the fiscal realm. After all, nobody can foresee the unpredictable nature of the market. But, did you know? A mistake could postpone the date to your financial freedom. Sometimes, indefinitely!

Uninformed decisions made by you could lead to massive losses, or potentially dwindle your invested capital in a blink of an eye. Have you made some recent investment errors? Don’t be sheepish! Even the most seasoned investors have committed financial blunders. Fortunately, you can avoid these pitfalls by learning more about common investing mistakes. 

Also Read: Investing Advice from the Top Investors in the World

Watch Out for These Investing Mistakes! 

1. No Patience, No Gains 

If you can’t foresee yourself holding onto your stocks for more than 10 years, you might want to reconsider. Even the best-performing stocks take months, and sometimes years, to yield great profits. So, if you want to acquire major gains through investments, you need to patiently track their performance for years together. 

Hold onto Your Stocks: Market crashes are an inevitable part of investing in stocks. Don’t panic and sell them off. Historically, stocks have always recovered, and even surpassed previous records of gains. 

2. Learning Through Misguided Information 

The internet is full of pseudo-experts, claiming to be professional financial gurus. As an investor, you need to be vigilant about the advice and recommendations you choose to follow. Whether the information has been relayed by friends and family, or a famous investor, you need to verify it through extensive research. 

Never Solely Rely on Advice: Even after finding an expert, or source, that has consistently been beneficial in your endeavours, only partially follow their advice. Supplement the rest with your analysis. 

3. Not Focusing on Asset Allocation

The path to wealth creation isn’t as simple as only investing in favourable stocks. To build an effective investment portfolio, you need to follow proper asset allocation. So, the next time the opportunity to invest in stocks arises, make balancing your asset allocation the top priority. 

Don’t Forget to Diversify: While splitting your investment portfolio among different asset categories, invest in a diverse range of stocks to mitigate losses incurred during market crashes. 

4. Easily Influenced by Current Trends 

Stock markets can be incredibly fickle. You may hear about outstanding stock performance through word-of-mouth or social media. However, the atmosphere of stock markets is extremely explosive with sudden rises and falls. By the time you invest in these so-called hot stocks, it may have already started to plummet with new investors incurring heavy losses. 

Regularly Monitor the Stock Market: Claim the benefits of sudden spikes in stocks by frequently tracking stock market behaviour. Swoop in during market crashes to purchase usually well-performing stocks and watch them recuperate back to their original track record. 

5. Investing in Excess

As you begin to receive gains from your initial investments, you may get on an “investment high”. You may feel the need to increase your risk appetite or invest more in those stocks. This could adversely affect you in the long run, if you suffer sudden losses. Additionally, it could hamper other financial goals like creating an emergency and retirement fund. 

Don’t Crush Your Finances: Create a prudent financial plan that consists of all foreseeable expenses soon and set aside money for them. Ensure that your savings are cleverly distributed among various investment instruments. 

6. Losing Sight of Your Investment Goals

Investing in multiple instruments could easily overwhelm you if you don’t align them with your investment goals. By not regularly assessing your risk tolerance, objectives, and current income sources, you could be following an outdated strategy that does not apply to you anymore. 

Evolving Investment Strategies: As you age and enter different stages of your life, your financial requirements change. Leave room for flexibility in your investment strategy and revise them as your circumstances evolve. 

However, the biggest mistake of them all? Not investing at all! So, begin your journey to a wealthier you, today. 

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