The Basics of Investing

As a follow up to my Constructing a Dividend Portfolio post I thought I would touch upon my position as it relates to the basics of investing. What I share below are observations and findings based on my personal experiences over the course of many years as an investor in individual companies. Continue reading “The Basics of Investing”

Investment Mistakes – I Have Made My Share

Summary

  • You can make lots of money through equity investing even if you make the occasional mistake.
  • Minimize the number and the dollar value of your mistakes.
  • Learn from your mistakes and don’t repeat them.
  • If I can succeed at investing ANYBODY can. Trust me!

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I Am Concerned About The Recent Rapid Increase in Stock Valuations

I am concerned about the recent rapid increase in stock valuations. My concern started in mid-2016 and has accelerated subsequent to the US Presidential Election.

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Stock Valuations are Too High. I Would Exercise Caution.

For the last several months I have become increasingly concerned that stock valuations are too high for many publicly listed companies on North American stock exchanges. In fact, the last time I made equity investments of any significance, valuations were much, much more favorable.

I admit it has been increasingly frustrating to watch stock prices repeatedly set new highs while I sit on the sidelines. Whenever I find myself thinking “This time it is different”, however, I remind myself of Warren Buffett’s following pearl of wisdom:

“The stock market is a no-called-strike game. You don’t have to swing at everything. You can wait for your pitch.” Continue reading “Stock Valuations are Too High. I Would Exercise Caution.”

Four Investing Principles to Make Your Money Work for You

In today’s post I would like to highlight the importance of four investing principles to make your money work for you. You must:

  1. Invest in good solid companies;
  2. Practice patience;
  3. Not panic when making investment decisions;
  4. Relish major market corrections as they provide opportunities in which to acquire shares at more reasonable valuations.

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Investing in Equities Does Not Need to be Complicated

Investing in equities does not need to be complicated. This is something you can do yourself.

There is no reason to invest through expensive actively managed mutual funds. In fact, few actively managed funds have an enviable track record.

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