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Why Do People Lose Money on Stocks?

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1Why Do People Lose Money on Stocks? Empty Why Do People Lose Money on Stocks? Thu Oct 15, 2015 11:59 am

Asoka Samarakone


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The only way to never lose money in the stock market is to never invest in stocks. Losing anything anything from a little to a lot can happen to anyone, including seasoned investors. If you really want to make money in the stock market, it can help to know why some people don’t. Use this new-found awareness to avoid mistakes and increase the chance you’ll make more than you lose on stocks.

Lack of Information

Investing in the stock market before you know what you’re doing is asking for serious trouble. If you don’t know and don’t take the time to learn about the stock market and how stock trading works, you’re almost sure to lose money. A lack of information about world economies, politics and U.S. interest rates -- all of which can and do affect stock prices -- can also be a reason for losing some serious money. The lesson here is to take some time and invest in self-education before diving head-first into investing in the stock market.

Panic-Driven Trading

There’s no getting around the fact that stock investments can be risky, and some people handle risk better than others. Investing in stocks requires the ability to see into the future and close your eyes to short-term market dips. If market dips cause you sleepless nights and create an overwhelming urge to sell, you’ll not only lose money you could have made, but you just might also lose the money you originally invested. If you can’t take the heat, you’re better off finding other ways to invest your money.

Lack of Diversification

People lose money on stocks by putting too many eggs in one basket. Diversification is a fancy way of telling you to not to put all your money into one or two stocks. Diversification alone, however, isn’t enough to make sure you won’t lose money. You can also lose by not allocating or dividing stock purchases up so your portfolio includes stocks in differing industries, differing company sizes or capitalization – small-, mid- and large-cap stocks -- and differing geographic locations.

Lack of Planning

Not having a solid investment plan is a big reason people lose money on stocks. Lack of planning includes willy-nilly, intermittent investing rather than using dollar-cost averaging -- investing a set amount regularly -- like you do with a 401(k). It also includes relying on “hot tips,” word-of-mouth advice and playing follow-the-leader when choosing stocks instead of having an established investment strategy that includes rules for when to get in and out of the stock market.


http://budgeting.thenest.com/people-lose-money-stocks-32286.html

Good luck and safe trading!

2Why Do People Lose Money on Stocks? Empty Re: Why Do People Lose Money on Stocks? Thu Oct 15, 2015 6:17 pm

hawklk


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Good advice...I hope most of the members read this....

3Why Do People Lose Money on Stocks? Empty Re: Why Do People Lose Money on Stocks? Thu Oct 15, 2015 11:15 pm

vic19

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Thanks very much

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