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Investing Steps To Take Now

17 March 2011 4 Comments

In light of the increase volatility as a result of world events such as Middle East protests and the multi-faceted Japanese disaster, I think there are a number of steps to take now if you’re an investor:

  1. Get your capital ready – hopefully, you’ve followed what I’ve been saying for the past six months or so and sold some of your hottest positions and have some dry powder ready to take advantage of depressed asset prices.
  2. Pick out the stocks you want to own long term.  These companies should have solid fundamentals on a macro level for increasing value and growing earnings over a period of many years.  Dividend stocks with a history of increasing dividends are preferred.
  3. Be patient and watch events unfold.  I prefer serious volatility and a massive stock market drop.  Why?  Because nothing is cheap right now and I want to allocate some capital into good investments.  In order to do well in stocks, you have to buy stocks when everyone is selling.  Going with the herd will never earn you outsized returns.  Be patient and be ready.


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