Investments in the stock market done prudently after research and analysis can make a person gain millions. At the same time, it doesn’t take much to turn the person into a pauper. The general belief is that long-term holdings would bring high profits while short-term speculations have fluctuations. Is this accurate?
Author of numerous books, the famous Dale Carnegie said that the person who takes risks and is willing to dare, goes the farthest. However, if one were to apply a similar principle in the stock market, the sky could be the limit while no one can foresee a crash. It is advisable and wiser to invest with caution and the main principle is not go with the herd mentality. What could be good for someone might not be feasible for the other as per the liquidity, risk taking ability, interest rates, inflation, tax norms, and of course requirement of funds.
Unlike many other markets, the stock market’s volatility is dependent on many components which are not under the control of an individual. Forecasting is possible to a certain extent but due to the number of components involved, it might not be appropriate all the time. The speculative investor should be prepared for pleasant surprises or rude shocks. With fluctuating prices, no stock can be considered completely safe and an investor has to determine the quality of stock for investment of their hard-earned money. The value of the company, the general hype surrounding it, the price of the stock, the applicable ratios, your spending, and holding capability would help in deciding on your purchases. With the Internet now becoming a common necessity, researches are available for free on countless sites and it is advisable to observe a few reliable sites with consistent research records. Of course, the numerous magazines and business newspapers provide the required information on a daily basis.
A wise man doesn’t spend before he earns. Speculating and expecting a return and spending accordingly would be mismanagement of finances, leading to possible financial disasters. Circumstances permitting speculation could be viable if gains from investments were reaching the safety of a bank account as per expectations.
Whether the stock market crashes in the US or in Asia, the impact is felt worldwide and it affects everyone. What can we do to invest prudently and spend sensibly to enjoy the rises of the stock market and guard against the falls?
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