Apprenticed Investor: Write This Down

Tscm_1The latest "Apprenticed Investor" column is up: Write This Down.

This week, we look at a question that plagues investors:  "How did all these losers end up in my porfolio, and what was I thinking at the time? 

We also discuss the ways investors can keep track of their thought process of their prior stock purchases. The goal is to figure out what went right — and wrong — and improve your purchase process.

Here’s the excerpt:

"What the hell was I thinking when I bought that pig?"

How many times have you asked yourself that question? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. It’s an all-too-common lament among individual investors, whose portfolios are often littered with these losers. Almost as bad as the financial hit is the nagging related question, "How could I have ever been so stupid?"

Today, we address that issue. Included in our discussion are two basic tools that will help you look back and understand your own thought process, and the analytical steps you took — or failed to take — before buying that sow. More importantly, this process can help before you buy the next pig.

Developing a way to both evaluate and improve your performance is one of the most important skills any investor can have. Yet far too few individuals have a mechanism by which they can review their stock picks, evaluate their trade management and assess their market calls.


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Source:

Apprenticed Investor: Write This Down
RealMoney.com, 10/10/2005 7:34 AM EDT

http://www.thestreet.com/_rms/comment/barryritholtz/10246290.html

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