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To avoid losses is to understand how the markets work. It would help if you were prepared for times when your investments do not pay off as well as you had hoped, but also be ready to take advantage of opportunities that present themselves unexpectedly.
By reading this article, you are taking the first step towards becoming a better investor in Japanese stocks. To begin our discussion on avoiding losses, we will talk about some mistakes that nearly every new investor makes at one point or another during their early careers.
The most common mistake we see among beginners is impatience.
For example, an investor might buy shares of a company with great potential, thinking it may rise within six months to one year, but instead, they watch helplessly as the stock price falls.
If you’re not willing to wait, then buying stocks isn’t for you because no one can predict what will happen to any given company over days, weeks or months.
Stocks are all about long-term gains, and patience is crucial if you want them. The same rule applies here as anywhere else; “slow and steady wins the race.”
If you invest more than you can afford to lose and the stock price falls, you will be over-leveraged and unable to buy more.
If it continues to fall, you could soon find yourself forced to liquidate your position to cover your margin requirements, incurring a loss on the entire trade even though prices may subsequently recover.
Sometimes when reading comments from new investors, they sound like one month is an ‘extended period’.
Keep in mind that stocks are not a get rich quick scheme – they’re a long term investment.
Therefore if you’re looking for massive gains within a few days or weeks, buying stocks is probably not for you.
If you put all your money into one stock and that company’s value falls, then so too will your portfolio if they are the only holding you have.
So don’t just buy out of hype or emotion. Look at several different companies with solid fundamentals before investing.
It should be obvious – how can you invest in something if you don’t even know what it does?
That being said, never invest in an idea simply because others do – always stay informed on the fundamentals of a particular business to ensure they’re sound.
Keep this critical difference between the two in mind when you first start investing.
Gambling is a risky activity where players place bets on random outcomes of games or events with money they can’t afford to lose.
On the other hand, investing involves purchasing shares of businesses and holding them as long as you believe that they will increase in value.
In this way, you’re more like a business owner than a gambler because your goal is to buy low and sell high.
Turn off those push notifications.
Watching price fluctuations all day every day will drive you crazy pretty quickly, so try not to check your portfolio more than once every couple of days when the market is open for business.
If you want to keep up with what’s going on in the market and the latest company updates, read articles and watch videos about them instead. It will prevent you from constantly worrying about your portfolio and make you much more relaxed as an investor.
Don’t rely on anyone or anything to guarantee that you’ll make money. It is impossible to guarantee returns in the stock market because it is primarily based on speculation (rather than facts like other forms of investment).
So while some people try to predict whether or not a particular share price will rise or fall, they cannot be sure of this outcome beforehand.
You should never give anyone else control of your money by investing in something if they promise guaranteed returns on it – only invest if you understand what you’re getting into.
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