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New Year’s Resolutions for Investors

Posted By Barry Ritholtz On January 1, 2005 @ 12:01 am In Markets | Comments Disabled

Raymond James’ Jeffrey Saut [1] references John Magee [2]‘s New Year’s resolutions for investors:

Resolved, that in the coming year, that:

  • I will not alienate my friends and antagonize my family by reminding the world on every possible occasion how right I was about the upturn – or downturn – in steels, motors, airlines, or whatever.
  • When I buy a stock I will not mobilize all the good news to make it look pretty. I will try to consider both the favorable and unfavorable angles as impartially as I know how.
  • I will not close out a stock position that is doing well by me for no other reason than that I have a profit. I will not cut short my gains in a good situation.
  • I will not hang on to a stock that is persistently going against me. I will limit my loss, and close out any position that seems to have gone really bad before I am in danger of serious trouble.
  • I will not be swayed or panicked by news flashes, rumors, tips, or well-meant advice.
  • I will not put all my eggs in one basket, nor will I be swept off my feet to plunge into some unknown or low-priced stock on a purely emotional basis.
  • I will not attempt to tell the market what a stock ought to be worth. I will try to understand what the market has to tell me about what people are willing to pay for it.
  • I will never forget that I am not in the market primarily to prove – to my broker, my friends, my wife, etc. – that I am smarter than everybody else, but to protect and if possible to augment my capital.

Good advice for everyone!

And a happy, healthy, prosperous and safe New Years to you all . . .

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[1] Jeffrey Saut: http://www.raymondjames.com/inv_strat.htm

[2] John Magee: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0814406807/ref=ase_thebigpictu09-20/002-5475378-6919268?v=glance&s=books

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