Investing & trading: October - December 2013 articles archive home
 
Lessons learnt
I had made what I believe was one of the more valuable decisions of my business life. This was to confine all efforts solely to making major gains in the long-run…
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 ... more
 
Extracts
Extracts from The Psychology of The Stock Market written by G.C. Selden in 1912
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 ... more
 
 
Can't be done
A lot of investors will tell you that a low-cost portfolio of index funds may work for some, but not for them.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 ... more
 
 
To paraphrase Mark Twain ...
… if you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you do read the newspaper you’re likely to end up being misinformed.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 ... more
 
Picking cash ...
… or “conservatism” against a roaring bull market probably lies beyond the pain threshold of most investors. However you apparently can survive betting against bull market irrationality if you meet three conditions
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 ... more
 
 
At all-time highs
The simple observation that the market is at an all-time high seems to demand some sort of action. At the very least individual investors should take the opportunity to buy or sell something, right?
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 ... more
 
When it comes to investing ...
… we are all distracted by meaningless minutiae. Most of our daily inputs — news, company releases, economic titbits, punditry — turn out to be distracting irrelevancies.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 ... more
 
 
Ninety per cent ...
… of the business done on the stock exchange is on margin account. Seventy-five per cent of those using this method in the purchase of stock lose money.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 ... more
 
Bullish
The fed’s shutdown and the threat of default on U.S. debt spawned anxiety among businesses and consumers, hurt the U.S.’s image around the world but may be good for stocks.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 ... more
 
 
Sobering
Analysts and market commentators are not immune from what Kate Sweeny, a psychology professor at the University of California, calls the process of “sobering up.”
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 ... more
 
 
Something to believe in
Strategy comes from philosophy. If you don't have a philosophy, you can develop a strategy, but it's only going to blow apart the next time it doesn't work for a month or two. And you are going to go onto another strategy, and that's the worst thing you can do.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 ... more
 
 
Rose coloured glasses
After the stock market suffers a major decline of several trillion dollars and recovers perhaps all or most of it over several years, typically those who gain the trillions in the recovery are not the same as those who lost it in the decline.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 ... more
 
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