Don’t leave home without them.
Before you start digging the market fields for hidden investment jewels, here are some basics that should help you at the beginning.
Ten commandments of disciplined investing
Commandment 1: Knowledge is power.
Keep informed about anything and everything that could affect the performance of the financial markets. Make a wish list of the stocks you would like to invest in and keep yourself informed about the selected companies and general market trends. Check business news and visit reliable financial websites.
Commandment 2: Don’t wait to start building your wealth.
The sooner you start investing, the better. By investing early, you allow your investments time to grow and give yourself enough time to learn how the financial markets work. Remember, ”the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time to plant a tree is today!”
Commandment 3: Accept your losses and move on.
Every time you lose money, don’t go hiding and don’t think of giving up. Remember the initial reason why you lost money and write it down. It is the only comprehensive way to identify unobvious mistakes over time.
Commandment 4: Don’t let the results of your last investment influence your next one.
In your online trading career, you will have losses, and you will also have big wins. It is important to remember that every trade is on its own. Never let the last investment influence the next one. No matter if it is winning or losing one.
Commandment 5: Win Over Emotions.
When it comes to investing, you need to stick to a systematic approach. Greed, fear, excitement, and frustration are your enemy in the financial market. Don’t allow the emotions to make your investing decisions. Always maintain a disciplined approach to investing.
Commandment 6: Buy Leading Stocks, Not Laggards.
A leading stock will outperform or at least keep up with the market. A laggard will underperform. Look for high-growth companies that stand out among their peers in an industry or the whole market. A leader is not necessarily the biggest company in its market. Compare their financials, profit estimates, and long-term growth.
Commandment 7: Be excited about investing- not about money.
Online trading has proved to be the fastest and easiest way for people with no investment experience to make a lot of money. Trading is more than that – it will set you free. Trading will put the control over the future in your hands. You should be excited about that.
Commandment 8: Plan your investment.
The only way you are going to achieve consistent performance is by having a consistent set of actions. You can achieve that by following your investment plan.
Commandment 9: Keep an investment journal.
If you want to succeed in online investing, you need to take it seriously. And then there is nothing more serious than keeping track of your investment. It doesn’t have to be something professional. Just write down all your trades, the steps you took, and the results.
Commandment 10: You are always a student of the markets.
You never stop learning about the financial markets, and you should not if you want to succeed. So, keep up with new trends and always try to add a new strategy that you like.