Investing, even for the beginner investor is about you and your specific goals. Investing for you doesn’t have to be risky, frustrating or stressful and shouldn’t be. The problem is most people lose sight of their long term investing goals. Stock market winners like Warren Buffet have done long term investing again and again. I think you will agree long term investing has worked very well for him. Investing in the stock market is not a get rich quick business. Much like the proverbial tortoise and the hare fable, long-term investors will usually win, if they practice discipline and purpose in their investing strategy. Lets look at some different styles and compare the differences
Traders that participate in day trading are called day traders. Day trading is a very risky trading style. Day Trading by definition is the buying and selling of a security within a single trading day. Stocks are never kept overnight because of extreme risk of prices changing to the detriment of the trader. The rewards of a day trading strategy can be substantial. The risk follows suit. Remember anytime the reward of trading any equity is great, conversely the risk carries the same weight or more if things go south. Ill give an example. I explored day trading a a strategy briefly in my investing career . A stock was purchased at 10 AM one Friday morning priced at $ 8.32 . 2000 Shares were purchased. The stock quickly rose to near $9.00 one hour later. The stock was held. Why? Pure and simple greed. If it went that high that quick perhaps it would go higher, right? That’s the problem with most beginning day traders. There are ways to make money with dat trading but it is not for the faint of heart. By the way the stock mentioned above was sold at the market close that day at under $7.50 a share, money lost and lesson learned
Long Term Investing
Long Term Investing on the other hand reduces your risk substantially and your stress level. Thinking of your investment on a long-term basis, takes away the day-to-day monitoring, even the minute-by-minute monitoring required in day trading. So what happens if your stock goes down on price? Market declines are a normal part of the equity investing cycle. So long as the story behind the stock is still good, market downturns can provide investors with buying opportunities that can add to their long-term growth potential. Stock experts say over the long term the stock market is still the place to put your money if you’re looking for the best returns. Here is another example , albeit one that has a measure regret. There was a day when IBM was the bell weather stock of the Stock Market. As IBM went so did the market. IBM simply controlled the comuter industry. I had read about a company named Dell Computers and did some research on the company. I decided no one could compete with IBM. I was wrong obviously , but the point is what if I had invested just $ 1000.00 dollars in Dell on that day and held the stock. I will figure out what it would be worth today and post in another article . Suffic to say it would be a significant amount.