Sunday, 22 December 2019
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There is no dearth of stock-picking strategies. From value investing to growth investing to tactical investing to dividend investing and so on, investors have a lot to choose from. Many investors do like to use a cocktail of various classical strategies. And of course, you can devise your own strategy. Others who have gained experience in the market develop their own insights.
Once you are successful with a strategy, you may also want to experiment with others, or even formulate many more of your own. This experimentation aspect of the stock market is what keeps the average investor “interested” in the market. If there were just one method of investing, many investors would have left investing out of sheer boredom.
There’s nothing wrong with experimenting. However, over time, you should be willing to reject strategies than try new ones. It’s true that different strategies may work in different market phases, yet by following too many strategies or even a couple of them can unnecessarily increase your work without contributing meaningfully to your returns. Worse, when you allocate a part of your portfolio to a particular strategy, you must find opportunities to fit that strategy. If such opportunities are not easily available or if the companies which you eventually select are of doubtful nature, you may actually do yourself harm than good.
In the stock market, trying to do many things isn’t a sign of maturity. On the contrary, it shows a lack of confidence or too much indulgence in the market or overexcitement or overactivity or anything. Over time, you should be able to come down just one or two ways of investing and stick to them. You will not just save a lot of effort, time, energy and money but you will also likely generate better returns.