Today, I managed to converse with a trader and an investor. They gave me 2 different perspectives that is the exact opposite of each other. Do note that both of them are making money currently.
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I have a small capital. Thus, trading is the way for me. Contra trade do not need capital. I only trade blue chips or REITs, and I place a stop loss and target price for every trade, so I wouldn't hold any trade.
I do invest, as well, for mid term (2 to 3 months) and long term (6 to 8 months). Usually I try not to hold a share for too long, unless I feel it has the potential to be a multibagger.
The market is very volatile right now, most people will take profits and protect profits. There's a saying, "if you don't take your profits, the market will take it back from you".
I feel that this is the mindset of most people who are in the stock market. Sayings such as 'letting your winners run' doesn't apply anymore.
An investment operation is one which, on thorough analysis, promises safety of principal and a satisfactory return. - Benjamin Graham.
I believe "no matter what size your capital is, this is the rule of investing".
Switching to a trading mindset to earn a higher percentage is a flawed thinking. It's because of small capital that preservation and proper investing is critical.
Furthermore, compounded interest need time to work. You have to know that you are buying a company and it need time to work and earn money to become a multibagger.
If market offer you the convenience of being able to get a quote on company you own, don't turn this into a disadvantage being influence by the nonsensical quotes of the market. Use it to your advantage, buy when a good company is cheap.
*Do note these are real quotes I have taken from our conversation and are amended to be more smooth-flowing.
A trader focus on price and profit, while an investor focus on company, value and capital. I still stand by, maybe including my bias, more towards an investor mindset.
I believe in finding out the value of the company. I do not draw any lines on the company's share price chart. Rather, I really like to look into a company's financials and understand how a company make its money.
However, on holding period, I also have this view that when an investor buys a company, he has to have a long term view. A long term view will allow you to not make rash decision and hold on to your beliefs and view if the share price falls.
But if the company's share price suddenly rise too much, then I think you can still sell it even if you only held on it for a few months.
Regardless, I sold M1 mainly because I want to focus more cash into companies that pass Fundamental Scorecard. My portfolio has been heavily supported by companies that pass Fundamental Scorecard currently. Thus, I intend to put more capital into this area.
With that, I like to have a final word on today's post - any method that makes money is a good method, including any trading methods.
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