Of course you are most likely online all the time now that stock trading portfolios can already be accessed on mobile gadgets. It would be tough to avoid influencing your investing decisions with your emotions especially during these times when you see “red” numbers in your portfolio.
Again, I would like to address the attitude of new and young investors. Do not act like the experienced investors and the hardcore active/day traders. Stop feeling like a veteran when you barely even crossed over your first year of investing.
When you start to feel and act like an “expert”, that’s the time when you have to be ready for some shooting meteor-like impact when the bear season comes. Do not forget what you believed in from the beginning! Long-term! Long-term! Long-term!
Control You Emotions
1. Investing should be a habit, not an immediate emotional response. This goes out more to employed individuals who have recently learned about investing in the stock market. That is why you chose an “automatic” investing plan (cost-averaging strategy) so that you can concentrate more on your job, your family, and your other activities in life. Put your emotions instead in these areas.
2. From the start, your investing plan should have included your specific goals and objectives. And most of them should have been long-term. Long-term means five years or more. Don’t get focused too much on the numbers in your current portfolio. Otherwise you will find yourself too obsessed with the up and down movement of the market everyday. Remember to stick to your specific long-term goals and you’ll feel healthier.
3. Invest like a robot. Master your emotions using your recent market correction experience as a reference on how you should react to future market volatility. (Volatility refers to the crazy Harlem Shake-like movement of the market.) Most robots in movies that we watch do not panic easily. They just do what they have to do. In a way, you can imitate them.
Always remember that when the market corrects, or worst, crashes, you should just continue what you are doing for your God, your family, and your career. Continue learning and investing with a more mature approach and strategy.
Buy low on schedule and sell high when the right (future) time comes. Be like Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and you surely have taken a big step toward being a successful investor.
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