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Just make sure your investments match your temperament.

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Asoka Samarakone


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Just make sure your investments match your temperament.
Stock Market for Beginners’
More and more people today are opting to make their own financial decisions. Most people don’t know much about the stock market. Few make an attempt to learn how it works when they become adults. Most people are content to allow a broker or fund manager to make their financial decisions, even though this isn’t always the most advantageous choice. Anyone who simply decides to begin their own investing is likely to stumble, unless they have the proper training. The stock market isn’t difficult to understand, but those who simply blunder into the market are likely to have their accounts drained in a hurry. It’s important to understand several points before taking the plunge.
Be patient: Too many self-directed investors are looking for the quick score that’s going to double their account overnight. That isn’t likely to happen, so don’t go in with the wrong expectations. Be satisfied with slow, steady gains. Be patient with your plan and think of it as a long-term voyage to a specific destination --- change direction infrequently and gradually.
Just make sure your investments match your temperament. If you are a nervous trader, a highly volatile stock purchase will likely make you crazy. On the other hand, if you want action, you’ll probably be very frustrated by getting involved with a slow-moving stock.Put fear to good use by allowing it to ignite your courage. Put that courage to good use by utilizing it to move toward positive, meaningful objectives.

Once you’ve made the decision to get involved in the market, the first step should be to obtain as much education as possible. There are many sources of stock market education for beginners. You can learn about many of them by spending an hour searching on the internet. Weakness is an opportunity to become stronger. Ignorance is an opportunity to learn. The various modules are structured keeping the needs of a novice to experienced professionals, helping to promote their initial or continuing stock market education.
Discipline, patience and a willingness to learn is the key - in this game, knowledge is power, and ignorance can be a very expensive state of mind.

The phrase “don’t put all your eggs into one basket” is never truer than when discussing the stock market with a newbie. You must also diversify the sectors in which you invest. This will help prevent the collapse of your portfolio if one sector falls apart.
Never put your entire account at risk. Leave some money for cash or in short-term notes. You’ll be able to get to the money if you need it and one mistake won’t leave you scratching your head and wondering what happened. All trading, regardless of timeframe and strategy, involves risk of loss of funds. Serious, account destroying risk, comes from failure to appreciate the risk in the markets, and failure to implement appropriate risk management strategies. On the other hand, you’ll learn faster. Real learning occurs through repetition, making mistakes, identifying them and devising strategies to improve in future. Sooner or later every one of us try our hands here, No doubt we can always do better when we get well equipped with required knowledge and skill sets.

This is the best place to start, because this is the place from which you can start right now. From here you can literally go anywhere, so go ahead, take that first step and don’t look back. The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise.


Asoka Samarakone

kaka


Assistant Vice President - Equity Analytics
Assistant Vice President - Equity Analytics
Very useful, thank you very much for sharing

rmark

rmark
Manager - Equity Analytics
Manager - Equity Analytics
Thank you for sharing Asoka

Trillionaire

Trillionaire
Manager - Equity Analytics
Manager - Equity Analytics
Thanks for your expert view! Smile

Kumar

Kumar
Senior Vice President - Equity Analytics
Senior Vice President - Equity Analytics
Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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