The first thing you need to know about investments is that you can do it even if you’re not a millionaire.
Recent studies reveal that many of millionaires were not born rich. In his three decades researching the wealthy, Thomas J. Stanley, co-author of “The Millionaire Next Door,” consistently found that between 80 percent to 85 percent of all millionaires are self made.
To help you get close to counting your first million, here are a few tips that you may want to consider:
Focus On Stocks Hitting New Highs
Sujan Patel, in his article on Entrepreneur.com said that “Most millionaires are very conservative with their money. They are focused more on avoiding risk than on the potential gain they might make from an investment.”
Investing is a volatile field. You have to put your hard-earned money in a reputable company, one that has consistently made a strong reputation. Do your research and look for positive patterns. If you are a newbie in investing, consider stocks that are hitting a new high since it indicates that at times, odds are in their favor.
Don’t Just Take Risks, Calculate Risks
This is part of the planning. You have to clearly define how you would accept and measure risk. As opposed to investing in a savings account, the fundamental rule of investing is the direct correlation between risk and reward concept—the higher the risk, the higher the expected returns.
Millionaires are extremely picky. They don’t just put their investment anywhere just for the sake of diversifying. In fact there are self-made millionaires who swear by the rule of focusing on a few stocks. Take for example Timothy Sykes, a well-known penny stock trader and entrepreneur.
“So many people talk about diversifying and using leverage. This is not the way to earn millions. I typically keep one to two stocks at a time and don’t use more than 30 percent of my assets in my investments,” said Skykes in his article entitled “10 Steps to Becoming a Stock Market Millionaire”.
Don’t Fall For Hot Tips
Yes, you don’t need to believe everything you hear, even from news or your broker. You have to do your own research and analyze on your own terms. Being an informed investor makes you a successful one in the long run. Simply take time to deeply study how the market works.
Cut Your Losses Quickly
In investing, no matter how calculated your moves are, you may still somehow end up on the losing side. When you fail, do not easily be discouraged. Learn from it and move on fast. Just like a millionaire, take time to reflect on your financial goals.
As advised by investment experts, you should consider developing a network of like-minded investors to share and receive valuable information and emotional support.