The stock market is often presented as a way to earn easy money. However, investing in stocks requires discipline, patience and a structured approach. It also requires patience and a long-term investment plan.
It’s easy to get lured by the promise of quick returns and a quick fix but the reality is investing in stocks can be a long process that has many changes and ups. But the benefits of long-term investing can be significant. Here are some share market strategies that novice investors should be aware of before they begin.
Don’t be a Jack of All Trades
New investors often make the mistake of switching from one strategy to the next. This could be an expensive mistake, particularly for those just beginning to learn. For instance, some novices, try to be “jacks of all trades” changing from trading and buying short-term investments (options or futures) into investing in US stocks. However, this strategy can be risky and expensive because it involves a lot of charges for transactions exchange rates, as well as the cost of converting currencies.
Follow a single investment strategy instead, and concentrate on the potential value of a stock over the long run. Avoid rushing to react to short-term events and focus on price fluctuations, and ensure that you check in on your stocks at least once per quarter (or when you receive quarterly reports). And most important, don’t get caught up trying to find the next big thing.