Investing in anything in the current state of things is a risky move. The whole of 2020 has not been kind to the planet and the human civilization in particular, which is why people are hesitant more than ever when it comes to finally making that elusive step forward towards their business idea.
Parting with your savings in an effort to invest and make more money is not something many people are willing to do. Saving for “just in case” scenarios is arguably the way most modern citizens keep their money, and well, such circumstances are currently happening due to the economic disaster caused by COVID-19.
Whatever the case may be, the stock market will always be one beacon of hope for anyone courageous enough to make a few business moves and expand their riches. The famous stock market is a term many of us know, but how well do we really understand it? If you are looking to invest, do you know everything you should in order to succeed?
Worry not, as the article in front of you will serve as a guide for all the things you need to learn about the stock market before you start investing. Learn more if you are looking to expand your knowledge even further and really get the hang of things.
1. Study the market
Jumping straight into the investing game without any sort of preparation and knowledge is the best way to throw away your money faster than you can say “cha-ching.” If you are to properly enter this business, a ton of studying the overall structure of the stock market and everything that factors in has to take place. Research that you will have to do will never be enough as there is always something new to learn. Basic knowledge is an absolute necessity before you even think of making initial money moves. Sit back, read a few articles and papers, explore what is hot right now, and where to invest. We promise that it will make all the difference down the line. If you have someone in your life who knows economics, business and investing, their experience can be a huge addition as well.
2. Patience and expectations
Bear with us here and pay attention. The stock market is often portrayed as a place where it is extremely easy to earn money and become rich. The idea of people in expensive suits running and yelling all over, celebrating their winning moves is far from reality. While it may be like that in huge markets like New York, that is not something you should be worried about. What is more, you should get down on earth and have realistic expectations. You cannot expect to become a millionaire overnight, nor should you expect to make thousands of dollars every month right from the start. It is not how the business works and you should be prepared for high amounts of patience. In order to succeed, strategies and market knowledge are your safest bets, not running straight in without thinking.
3. Invest in surplus funds
Newcomers tend to make the mistake of losing a lot of money they simply cannot afford to lose. This is done quite easily when you invest without a backup plan, or by investing all of you have at once. The stock market business is and always will be a risky one and losing everything in a few bad moves happens way more than it should. Taking into consideration factors like life goals, debts, retirement plans, your age, and your skills, you must evaluate the risks and make moves accordingly. To be as safe as possible, only invest the surplus you have, ergo the money you can live without even if you lose it all in a split-second. Investing should suppose to give you more money, not set you back for years. Therefore, only “gamble” with the funds you can afford to invest in the stock market.
4. Herd mentality is dangerous
If everyone is doing it, it must be the right thing to do, right? Well, not necessarily, and more often than not it is actually the other way around. With the correct amount of skill, experience, and the ability to predict how the transactions and rates will shift in the near future, you can avoid the mistakes others will surely make and go straight to the top where they failed. Sometimes herd mentality awards everyone that followed in, but sometimes those who resisted are the actual winners in the end. If you do not understand things yet, following the majority is that much more dangerous because you will have no idea what you are actually doing. Only make investments towards something you believe in and what you understand everything about. Investing in stocks is not the right approach, but investing in the business itself is.
5. Diversify, but not too much
You know the old saying, never put all your eggs into a single basket? Do not keep all of your keys on a single keychain? Well, the second one may not be that true but you get the idea. If you invest all of your money into a single business and it fails, you will be unable to stay in the business. However, if you diversify your portfolio and invest in multiple stocks of multiple companies, the risk of losing money falls drastically. Then there is the other end of the spectrum, which is over-diversification. This is when you support too many different investments and spread yourself too thin on every single one. By doing this you are effectively eliminating almost all of the risk, but also limiting your potential earnings to the absolute minimum. The more you invest the more you win, so finding the right balance is crucial. This of course depends on a multitude of factors, all of which have been already mentioned above.
- Do not time the market as you will rarely catch the right time to strike. The cycles are unpredictable and volatile.
- Leave emotions at home, as there is no place for them in something that requires your full attention and dedication like the stock market business.
- Let the dividends add up before you use them in further investments. Forgetting about them for a while and realizing they are pretty high is a great feeling!