Investing Advice

Picking your own stocks?

There are services such as Sharebuilder that let you create your own mutual fund, picking your own basket of stocks, for what appears to be only a small fee. But can you choose what will be the long term winners better than a seasoned mutual fund manager?
Here is an example that demonstrates what you are facing:
  • Third quarter of 2001, of 7,096 stocks, the average stock lost 46%, and 14.6% fell over 50%

  • But the average stock fund lost just 17.8%, and only 1% fell over 50%

It is unlikely that the average person will do better than just average stock picking.

But there really is an easy way to invest and become a millionaire. Properly chosen mutual funds are your answer. Anything else is just speculation.
 

If you make 50% one year and lose 50% the next, you haven’t broken even. You are behind 25%. Here is an example:

Invest $1000, earn 50%, you now have $1,500
Lose 50% of your $1,500, you are down to $750.

This is because the 50% you lost was half of $1,500, and the 50% you made was half of just the original $1,000.

In a similar way, if you lose 50%, you’ll have to gain 100% just to get back even.

This is the brutal math of investing. The percent of your gains can be wiped out by a smaller percentage loss.

Other Stock Market Basics Topics:

  1. Mutual Fund Advantages
  2. History of Mutual Funds
  3. NAV
  4. Dollar Cost Averaging
  5. General advice about choosing a fund
  6. Mutual Fund Ratings
  7. Evaluating Mutual Fund Investment Risk
  8. Mutual Fund Share Classes
  9. Mutual Fund Fees
  10. The Mutual Fund Prospectus
  11. How important is the manager's length of experience?
  12. Why is the prospectus hard to understand?
  13. Mutual Fund Annual Report
  14. Comparing your fund to the competition
  15. Comparing funds on an after-tax basis
  16. Average Return on Investment
  17. How Not to Pick a Mutual Fund
  18. Cashing in Your Fund
  19. When to Sell Your Fund
  20. Mutual Funds and Asset Allocation
  21. When to get started with a mutual fund
  22. Types of Mutual Funds
  23. Value Stock Funds
  24. Growth Stock Funds
  25. Small and Micro-cap Stocks
  26. Mid Cap
  27. Large Cap Companies
  28. Income Stock Funds
  29. Mutual Fund Index
  30. Enhanced Index Funds
  31. Sector Mutual Funds
  32. Stock Market Sectors
  33. Defensive Stocks
  34. International Funds
  35. Real Estate Mutual Funds
  36. Socially Responsible Funds
  37. Balanced Funds
  38. Tax-Efficient Funds
  39. Bond Convertible Funds
  40. Junk Bond Funds
  41. Mixtures of stock types
  42. Closed End Funds
  43. Exchange Traded Funds (ETF’s)
  44. Stock Picking Strategy - Picking your own stocks?
  45. Fund names, and what they really invest in
  46. How to get started
  47. Where can I start investing with no money?

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