Investment Tips For All Seasons

Kelly Trageser |

Back To Basics

If you’ve been investing in stocks or bonds for several years, you may feel like you’re beginning to get a hang of this precarious trade. At this point, you may be making plans to diversify your portfolio or research a more complex investment strategy. But in reality, you should be using this time to get back to the basics.

Regardless of how long or how much you’ve invested, there’s never a bad time to review the basics of productive and prosperous investing. These essential principles are evergreen in a sense, allowing you to remain on the up and up in both bull and bear markets. Though there are lots of basic investment tips for you to review, here are just a few that I’ve found useful to remember from time to time: 

Learn From Your Mistakes

Let’s admit it – we all make mistakes. Maybe you had a drink too many while out with friends, or maybe you plunked down money on a stock before doing your diligent research. Mistakes happen, and that’s okay. What is not okay is failing to learn from those mistakes. In fact, failing to learn from mistakes is possibly the single biggest Achilles heel of investors the world over.

Learning from your investment mistakes can take on several forms. But one I like to use is called “Roses, Thorns, and Buds.” This method allows you to break down an investment based upon its positives (Roses), its negatives (Thorns), and its opportunities for growth (Buds). If you reliably utilize this personal review method, you’ll find yourself growing in the wake of your mistakes far more often than if you didn't use this method.

Don’t Bet the Farm

When a major investment opportunity lands in your lap, it can be easy to go overboard and put a lot of money on the table. That’s perfectly fine if you have checked off your fundamental financial boxes. For instance are you still leaving enough money to continue living productively from day-to-day? Are you able to pay your bills on time? Are you able to pay down personal debts, as interest charges can quickly add up?  Also, remember to never touch essential savings accounts, such as a child’s college account or retirement account, for an investment that may or may not pay off.

Invest In Yourself

Seek out education sources to keep your investment and market knowledge sharp. This may even involve attending conferences or seminars to grow your investment acumen. While this kind of personal enrichment comes with a price tag, that price will pay for itself when you come out on the other side as a far better investor overall.

Bringing It Together

The most important thing is to have an overall investment strategy in place.  If you don't have one, work with a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER (TM) professional. If you stick with your investment strategy through many moons, you’ll surely experience your fair share of ups and downs. But if you stick with the tips described above, you’ll be better able to deal with those highs and lows created by market volatility. Hopefully, these tips can help keep you on stable ground as an investor, thus allowing you to make the most of each new opportunity that comes your way!

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