It is important that you be comfortable with you investments. Many wrong decisions are made while in a state of discomfort.
How do you make yourself comfortable? Here are some general rules:
- Only invest what you can afford to lose.
Do not become so invested in an idea that
the execution of that one idea will make
or break you financially if it doesn't work out.
You need to survive your current investment so that you will have money to make your next investment.
- Invest what you consider to be small amounts
of money. Why lose sleep over any one
For many people, this is 5 percent or less of their net worth. A good rule of thumb is never put more than 1/12th of your net worth in any one investment vehicle.
- Give yourself time. Good ideas come back
again and again. If an idea is a good one
today, it will generally still be a good idea
tomorrow and the next day. Try to avoid
acting on any investment decision while in a state
- Let your ideas revisit you before acting
Your best ideas will revisit you often. It's your ideas that revisit you again and again that generally work out best.
- Know yourself well enough to know why you are
investing. If you are not sure why, then hold
up and wait. Take the time to be absolutely sure
that the reason you are making an investment far
exceeds wishful thinking.
Know yourself and know your investments. If you will do this, your investments will provide you with both comfort and security--now and in the future.
©Edward Abbott 2002