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This post is basically inspired by SG Thumbtack Investor's article.
He talks about people reporting huge gain this year and explains that if it was just a 1 year huge gain, investors should not be not happy. This is because they forgot about the power of compounding. He went on to explain that if an investor makes 20% every year for the next 35 years, he will make more money than someone who has inconsistent gains ranging from negative 10% to 60% every 5 years.
On the other hand in a Facebook group, BIGS World, there were people questioning about the probability of making 20% every year. But Brian posted a picture stating these superinvestors did.
I guess the answer is Discipline.
We lack the discipline that these superinvestors have. These superinvestors tend to have a fixed strategy and focus on it consistently.
However, many of us do not have this formof discipline and tend to be tempted about other forms of investment strategy.
Even for me, despite a bull year, I had make mistakes too.
1. Secura Group - I purchased this counter at 137 cents with conviction that I made the right choice, EVEN WHEN IT FAIL ULTIMATE SCORECARD. However, when the counter keep dropping, I continue to BELIEVE THE STORY I CREATED on this counter. Even after its GM and CEO was sacked/resign, I continued to believe MY OWN STORY. When the latest financial report finally showed the turnaround in profit I was looking for, it has to comment that there will be impairment for their recent acquisition of RSPL. So I decided I will end my love for Secura Group asap!
2. Traditional Blue Chips - Anyone who held traditional blue chip counters like M1, Singpost, Starhub, ComfortDelGro or SPH will be having a very "red" year. Generally, traditional blue chips did not do well this year with so many disruption coming from all around the world. Out of the 5 counters, I used to own 2 of them and I am still currently holding on to ComfortDelGro. Similarly, if only I stick to my Ultimate Scorecard strategy, my gains will have much more this year.
In short, I was lucky to have quite a few of counters rising more than 20% and about 2 multi-baggers this year. These gains offset my losses and also contributed to my last count of "18%" portfolio gain. If I have stick to my Ultimate Scorecard strategy, my gains will definitely be much more.
Thus, with this lesson learnt, I hope 2018 (in 2 months time) will be better.
Finally, I will end with this sentence - always know that "there are no gurus". Once you start thinking that you are, that is where you start making mistakes.
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