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Investor Information: Smart Investors

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There is a difference between "average" and "smart" investors and it may be worthwhile to ponder over these differences.

Average Investors

  • They do what most other investors do and they display typical "herd" behaviour
  • They rely on unqualified tips and investor or market noise when selecting stocks.
  • They have no clear strategy or credible selection method for choosing such stocks.
  • They hope for and wait for established bull markets before they enter the markets.
  • They live in fear and anxiety and always worry about the next market crash.
  • They fear losing much more than they enjoy winning.
  • They often tend to buy more shares in a bad stock to obtain a better price average.
  • They rely almost solely on analysts and stock brokers to select and trade on their behalf.
  • They are often driven by greed and they rather seek quick profits than long-term value.
  • They often buy marginal or suspect stocks at prices and info unrelated to real value.
  • They fail to understand that buying stocks are almost the same as buying companies.
  • They tend to buy when the price is high and then sell when the price is low.
  • They are obsessed with investment spread, safety and even extreme diversification.

Smart Investors

  • They do what most other investors fail or neglect to do.
  • They rely on verifiable fundamentals and identified value when buying stocks.
  • They have a clear strategy for investing and they stick to it at all times.
  • They understand that value is important in both bull and bear markets.
  • They never panic when markets fall and they know it is all part of the process.
  • They enjoy winning much more than they fear losing.
  • They cut their losses and seek other opportunities where there is more value.
  • They identify accredited resources and then make their own trading decisions.
  • They know that term and verifiable value is the key to successful investing.
  • They always attempt to buy stocks with good embedded value at a discount.
  • They know that buying stocks and buying companies is almost the same thing.
  • They try to buy when the price is low and then sell when the price is high.
  • They focus on value, opportunity and real reliable return.