This is part three of the series How to Invest In Stocks.
Want to investing on your own? Then remember to plan, plan, plan and research, research, research. Success always increases when planning increases. That’s why we call it “financial planning.”
Even the ancient war strategist Sun Tzu wrote in The Art of War:
“The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand.”
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This article will explain the 4 most powerful investing strategies. There are obviously thousands upon thousands of tactics, but in the end, these four strategies are the main focuses of investors and financial managers.
The Importance of a Strategy
If you don’t have a plan for investing, you’ll lose your shirt. Pure and simple, investing without a strategy is simply rolling dice and betting the farm — it’s nothing more than a gamble.
So what kind of planning is there? Let’s talk about the four most important.
- Growth Investing. This is the riskiest strategy. The idea is to look at a business and predict what the next few months or years looks like for the business, and then figure out if the value of the stock will go up. If so, you buy and wait till it gets as high as you think it will go, then you sell. Fortunes are made and lives are ruined this route. If you are going to be doing the investing on your own, then micromanaging in this manner is almost certainly too risky.
- Value Investing. Value trading is the idea that the market-price of a stock isn’t really what the stock is worth. Value investors look for stocks that are “cheap” and have a long-term value — 10-20+ years. These investors go for the long haul. They (should) eat recessions for breakfast.
- Dividend Investing. A dividend is the money that a company decides to send to the stock holders. It certainly makes sense that companies would give out dividends. After all, stock investors are part-owners in the company; it only makes sense that the part-owner will get part of the profit.
- Some investors focus on the dividends when buying stocks, which is important because some companies don’t pay any dividends at all.
- Cone Investing. This is the most “in depth” philosophy, and is one that’s a bit off the beaten path. The investing philosophy is based on the idea that government rocks the market — and the investors should see that coming. This is investing with an economic and political foundation.
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