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Emotions over investments: Buy Low Sell High

“Buy low, sell high.” It’s the golden rule of being a successful investor. You’ve heard this rule too many times, and you know it makes sense. Yet time and again, you find yourself doing the exact opposite. Most of us allow our emotions to play a big role the way we invest.

As we are unable to control our emotions we make mistakes, Emotions such as fear and greed. Fear of losing money holds back even those investors who have bright possibilities ahead of them. On the other hand, greed makes them take decisions that might make them lose more money they can make. Let’s discuss why these emotions come in between, and what we can do to stay away from such emotions.

Social burden:-

We are social animals and the social burden always is always present on our shoulders. A good house, a secure future for children, a comfortable lifestyle for spouse and parents, smooth retired life, and the need for social status are the needs that make us greedy. The lack of any of the above may cause an inferiority complex or fear in us.

This inspires us to take the wrong decisions or wrong investments.

Confusion:-

The fear of losing everything and the greed of achieving everything create a conflict and confuse us at times of making investments. As we know Investment is all about putting the right amount of money into the right instruments at the right time. Let’s take a simple example.

 What we do in case of the stock market?

“If stock market going up we don’t buy because of fear it may crash, market goes up again we wait & don’t buy because of fear market may crash.

Instead of buying at low we are waiting, suddenly we find everybody is getting in to the market like dot com companies, we lose the control as we have emotion that we will be left behind and instead of buying at low we will end up buying at high. After some time market crashes and instead of buying at low due to fear of losing we end up selling.”

Market Cycle

So we do exactly opposite which is foolishness cause by our emotions. Believe me this emotion is culprit for leaving us behind.

Burning Desires:-

Everyone wishes to have a luxurious car or a big bungalow as early as possible. These desires enforce us to invest in risky investments such as equities in the hope of getting higher returns quickly.

These shares may give returns that are higher than other instruments but if you make losses that are also terrible.

Following Other People:-

Many people think that following a successful investor like “warren buffett” will help. However, you need to keep in mind that every individual has different risk taking capability, goals and wants. Investment done by other may not be right investment for you.

A successful investor may be able to cope up with loss but you may not, which may cause strong disappointment and fear. You may take advice from professionals but blindly following anybody is not a good idea.

So million dollar question is:-

  • What does it take to become a successful investor?
  • How to win over emotion?

Shoot your email to sk@moneyexcel.com with your answer.

Shitanshu Kapadia
Shitanshu Kapadiahttp://moneyexcel.com/
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