9 Basic Stock Investing Begginners Rules
The ocean waves surge in and out against the cliff in short cycles. The tide moves in and out in longer cycles and is very predictable. When you look at Nature you will see there are relatively predictable cycles everywhere. We see day become night, the changes of the seasons and birth to death of our own bodies. Some changes are so microscopically small we cannot see them and others are so long we are not aware they are taking place. Everything has a season or a cycle. It is up to us to be able recognize it and use it to our advantage.
There are many important things you need to know to trade and invest successfully in the stock market or any other market. 6 of the most important things that I can share with you based on many years of trading experience are enumerated below.
1. Buy low-sell high. As simple as this concept appears to be, the vast majority of investors do the exact opposite. Your ability to consistently buy low and sell high, will determine the success, or failure, of your investments. Your rate of return is determined 100% by when you enter the stock market.
2. The stock market is always right and price is the only reality in trading. If you want to make money in any market, you need to mirror what the market is doing. If the market is going down and you are long, the market is right and you are wrong. If the stock market is going up and you are short, the market is right and you are wrong.
Other things being equal, the longer you stay right with the stock market, the more money you will make. The longer you stay wrong with the stock market, the more money you will lose.
3. Every market or stock that goes up will go down and most markets or stocks that have gone down, will go up. The more extreme the move up or down, the more extreme the movement in the opposite direction once the trend changes. This is also known as “the trend always changes rule.”
4. You must let your profits run and cut your losses quickly if you are to have any chance of being successful. Trading discipline is not a sufficient condition to make money in the markets, but it is a necessary condition. If you do not practice highly disciplined trading, you will not make money over the long term. This is a stock trading “system” in itself.
5. The Efficient Market Hypothesis is fallacious and is actually a derivative of the perfect competition model of capitalism. The Efficient Market Hypothesis at root shares many of the same false premises as the perfect competition paradigm as described by a well known economist.
The perfect competition model is not based on anything that exists on this earth. Consistently profitable professional traders simply have better information – and they act on it. Most non-professionals trade strictly on emotion, and lose much more money than they earn.
The combination of superior information for some investors and the usual panic as losses mount caused by buying high and selling low for others, creates inefficient markets.
6. Traditional technical and fundamental analysis alone may not enable you to consistently make money in the markets. Successful market timing is possible but not with the tools of analysis that most people employ.
If you eliminate optimization, data mining, subjectivism, and other such statistical tricks and data manipulation, most trading ideas are losers.
You must learn entry and exit of the stock market just as the divers in Acapulco have learned the correct moment to jump off the cliff.
William is an investment advisor and has been writing about objective, methodical approaches to investing for over 10 years. He has helped hundreds of people make better investment decisions. To find out more about his approach and his FREE Newsletter, please visit: www.baydailynews.com;