Mogul Money Savings Tips 101
Written by Poindexter on November 25, 2014
Have the Proper Expectations.
Are you getting into stocks with the expectation that quick riches soon await? Hate to be a wet blanket, but unless you are extremely lucky, you will not double your money in the next year investing in stocks. Such returns generally cannot be achieved unless you take on a great deal of risk by, for instance, buying extensively on margin or taking a flier on a chancy security. At this point, you have crossed the line from investing into speculating.
Though stocks have historically been the highest-return asset class, this still means returns in the 10%-12% range. These returns have also come with a great deal of volatility. If you don’t have the proper expectations for the returns and volatility you will experience when investing in stocks, irrational behavior–taking on exorbitant risk in get-rich-quick strategies, trading too much, swearing off stocks forever because of a short-term loss may ensue.