Bull markets correlate with stock recommendations. You can see it on social media. People are either recommending or asking which stocks they should be buying. During a bull market, you can almost buy any random stock, or even pick a 10x stock by pure chance, and make money from it. Unless you’re unlucky.
In my opinion, if someone needs to ask which stocks to buy, they probably shouldn’t be buying individual stocks. Seeing someone making money from a particular stock isn’t a good enough reason for you to buy that stock. This goes for any In an economic sense, an investment is the purchase of goods that are not consumed today but are used in the future to create wealth. In finance, an investment is a monetary asset purchased with the idea that the asset will provide income in the future or appreciate and be sold at a higher price. 'Saving' is not the same More. Just because somebody else is making money from Bitcoin, doesn’t give one a good enough reason to buy Bitcoin. FOMO is the worst investment methodology.
Can you outperform the market?
When you’re buying a bunch of shares you’re suggesting that you can outperform the market as a whole (An index is a tool we can use to measure movement over time. In the stock market, we use indices to track the performance of a selection of listed companies. This could include all the companies listed on the market, or all the companies in a certain sector. In inflation, we use an index to track the price of certain More) by selecting specific shares. According to the 2020 S&P Indices vs Active (SPIVA) report, more than 78% of active funds underperformed in the Top 50 index. These are highly qualified individuals who are selecting the stocks that should outperform the index – and even they struggle. Do you think you can do a better job by picking stocks from recommendations on social media? Don’t get me wrong, you certainly can. However, the odds are against you.
So if the index outperforms more than 78% of the market professionals, by just buying the index you will do better than 78% of the professionals. What’s more, it will be low in risk and cheaper.
What to buy?
The answer to “which stock can I buy?” is therefore simple: All of them. Remember, your number one goal should be the return OF your money, not just return ON your money. If you buy all the stocks the odds of getting some of your money back are high. Some will perform poorly, some will perform. On average over the long term, the index outperforms Inflation refers to how much you can buy with the same amount of money over time. R100 can buy you a bread, milk and a dozen eggs today. If those products become 10% more expensive within a year, you will need R110 to buy the same products next year. If you keep all your savings in cash, your cash will be More, plus most Types of asset classes are local/foreign bonds, local/global equity (shares), local/global real estate (REITs), commodities, cash and money market funds. Holding different types of assets across various industries and regions ensures some of your money remains unaffected if something bad happens to one part of your investment. Here is a useful post: Comparing ETFs: Asset classes .
Njabulo Nsibande is a Just One Lap user-turned-contributor and a founding member of an investment club. His “Cash Club” blog details his experiences balancing the financial obligations of a young parent with his investment aspirations.
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