Six trading and investment mistakes to avoid

Trading and investment ain’t easy. We need to have knowledge otherwise we could lose and give up on this field.
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1. Investing without a plan

If you don’t know where you’re going, it is easy to go astray. Having a personal investment plan in place can help you to avoid this pitfall. A plan will also help you to clarify:

  • Goals and objectives – what are you investing for and what do you want to achieve?
  • Risks – what risks are relevant to you or your portfolio? Your goals will determine what risks are appropriate and acceptable to your investment.
  • Asset allocation – what percentage of your total portfolio will you allocate to local equities, international equities and other asset classes?
  • Diversification – allocating to different asset classes will help you to diversify your portfolio.

2. Focusing on the wrong trading horizon

Most investors are too focused on the short term and do not stick to their investment plan. If you are saving for a longer-term goal, such as your retirement 25 to 30 years from now, what the stock market does in the next 12 months shouldn’t be your biggest concern.

3. Getting caught up in the thrill of the trade

Investors often look for easy opportunities to make money when they start trading. The “feel-good” aspect of making money drives them to chase the next big thing. Unfortunately, this desire to make money sometimes means investors make hasty investment choices based on too little actual research.

4. Not rebalancing your portfolio often enough

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Rebalancing is the process of ensuring your portfolio remains in line with your investment plan and goals. Rebalancing is difficult because it forces you to sell the shares that are performing well, and consequently make up a larger portion of your portfolio than you intended, and buy more of the shares that aren’t doing quite as well. For this reason, we find that many investors do not rebalance their portfolios often enough.

5. Not investing enough quality time

When you invest your hard-earned money, you need to spend time and effort on your investment strategies. You would not walk into a car dealership and buy the first car on the floor. You would carefully research different models, compare their specs and consider the costs carefully. It could take quite some time before finally committing to the right car for you.

6. Chasing recent winners

This has probably led to more poor investment decisions than any of the other factors mentioned. Many investors select companies, strategies and sectors because their recent good performance led them to feel that they were missing out on great returns. The temptation to adjust your plan could be very real if a share or sector has done extremely well over a long period. However, the cycle could be nearing its end and the smart money could already be moving out. You need to stick to your investment plan and rebalance to avoid this pitfall. This is the exact opposite of chasing performance.

Investors who focus on their investment objectives and plan can recognise and avoid these six common mistakes. They are more likely to achieve their investment goals
because they invest with the end in mind.

Grant Meintjes is the head of securities at PSG Wealth.

So, how about that? You could get clear picture on trading and investment after read this.

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