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Common Mistakes Most Investors Make

common mistakes most investors make

While selecting the right stocks is one part of your investment process, the other, equally important part is to avoid making mistakes that will result in your investments losing value, or worse, converting into losses.


Stubbornly holding on to loss-making stocks


Stubbornly holding on and rationalizing that, ‘My losses are very small and reasonable. The price will rise, I’m sure!’


Buying cheap


Buying a stock whose price is falling with a belief that, ‘I am buying cheap!’


Averaging down


Averaging down rather than up, thinking that, ‘The price is falling; I’ll buy more to reduce my cost!’


Buying low-priced stocks


Buying large amounts of low priced stocks. It’s preferable to buy small amounts of higher priced stocks.


Trying to make an easy buck


Trying to make a quick and easy buck from the stock markets.


Following rumours, tips


Following rumours, tips, stock market opinions aired on TV


Investing in poor-quality stocks


Investing in poor-quality stocks just because they are available at a low price-earning (PE) or because of dividends


Using flawed stock selection criteria


Using flawed stock selection criteria; not knowing what to look for in a successful company


Investing in the familiar


Investing in companies just because you are familiar with the name.


Not understanding stock charts


Not being able to read stock charts


Afraid of investing in new highs


Afraid of buying stocks that are rising and making new highs.


Selling to quickly


Selling too quickly to book small profits instead of holding till the stock price trend turns downwards.


Holding losses


Holding on to losing stocks.


Too much focus on tax, costs, etc.


Giving too much importance to tax, brokerage and other trading costs.




Speculating heavily in futures because you think you can make large profits quickly.

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