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InvestorEducation / Learning to Invest May 11, 2008 - 08:22 PM GMT

By: Nadeem_Walayat

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Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMany small investors seem to repeatedly make the same old mistakes of either getting on board of a trend just as the trend ends or holding onto to losing investments in the hope of an eventual bounce back.

Therefore this weeks newsletter has a mix of education as well as up to date examples of strategies that illustrate how investors need to gear their thought processes towards key elements of successful investing which include :


Focus on the Fundamentals

The dot com bubble was a clear example of where many investors ignored the fundamentals and were subsequently penalized with losses of more than 90% on many of the stocks that failed to have any fundamentals in support of high price earnings ratios.

One of the keys to long-term success in portfolio building is to focus on companies that provide consistent earnings growth backed by strong fundamental outlook for their sectors. For instance over recent years the Oil sector is a clear example of having strong long-term price fundamentals in the face of peak oil, which has resulted in companies providing consistently strong year on year earnings growth. This coupled with the third key factor of consistent growth in dividend payments contributes to solid portfolio gains in the long-run.

Another sector that exhibits strong long-term fundamentals is Water utilities. Yes these sectors are unlikely to experience booms of the likes of the dot com boom, but neither are they likely to experience something along the lines of the dot com bust. So focus on strong long-term fundamentals to deliver consistency in portfolio growth.

Don't Get Emotionally Attached to your Investments

Gold seems like an apt example at the moment of investors getting carried away with emotional attachments to the precious metals stocks. It did not take a genius to realise that when gold surged beyond $1000 that it was primed for a significant correction, this has happened and saw gold decline to below $850. A dispassionate view on gold would have had gold investors taking profits by the use of stop-loss. How many failed to reduce exposure to gold as it fell and triggered technical sell signals ?

Investors need to have mechanical triggers for both entry in terms of adding to positions, and exit in terms of banking profits and preventing losses so as to avoid emotional attachment to positions. Without these investors may give up much of the gains made on the upside on the way down.

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