Wednesday, 11 January 2017

The Psychology of Investing. Emotions affect people's behaviour and ultimately market prices.

The emotions surrounding investing are very real.  These emotions affect people's behaviour and ultimately, affect market prices.

Understanding the human dynamic (emotions) is so valuable in your own investing for these two reasons:

  1. You will have guidelines to help you avoid the most common mistakes.
  2. You will be able to recognise other people's mistakes in time to profit from them.
We are all vulnerable to individual errors of judgement, which can affect our personal success.

When a thousand or a million people make errors of judgement, the collective impact pushes the market in a destructive direction.

The temptation to follow the crowd can be so strong that accumulated bad judgement only compounds itself.

In this turbulent sea of irrational behaviour, the few who act rationally may well be the only survivors.

To be a successful focus investor:
  • You need a certain kind of temperament.
  • The road is always bumpy and knowing which is the right path to take is often counterintuitive.
  • The stock market's constant gyrations can be unsettling to investors and make them act in irrational ways.
  • You need to be on the lookout for these emotions and be prepared to act sensibly even when instincts may strongly call for the opposite behaviour.
  • The future rewards focus investing significantly enough to warrant our strong effort.

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