Wizard of Wall Street! Be a successful investor to earn more returns

Better returns are a reflection of effective processes that have been developed through discipline, education, and hard work. While some of these can be taught, better awareness can make a vast difference from an investor's perspective.

Nov 23, 2015 11:11 IST India Infoline News Service

Becoming a successful investor is not any rocket science; good investment habits hold the key. Better returns are a reflection of effective processes that have been developed through discipline, education, and hard work. While some of these can be taught, better awareness can make a vast difference from an investor's perspective.

Take a look at the path of investment habits mentioned below and see how you can change for the better:
  • Take responsibility

Always take responsibility for your own profits and losses to control your financial destiny. You are the ultimate determining factor of your success; your improvement is underpinned by your investment.

  • Have in-depth objectives

Once you know where you want to reach, choose an effective path that takes you to the destination. Similarly, when you know the rationale behind investing, you know how and where to invest.

Early retirement and securing of child’s future are some of the goals investors have in their minds. These defined goals help you develop better investment discipline.

Once you have finalized your financial goals, then define returns and risk goals. After deciding your objectives, prepare a meticulous plan that helps you achieve your objectives.

  • Take risks, carefully

Many investors are averse to taking risks. However, in markets, profits and losses are part of life. So, accept this positively and work toward developing an investment strategy that lets you move closer towards your goals.

Many successful investors employ different plans, including buying undervalued stocks, waiting for expected results, and getting investment help from a trusted advisor.

  • Track results

An investor should look beyond the monthly statement and portfolio results. It would be better to track the fund's performance instead. As they say, the devil lies in the details.

  • Treat investment as business

Manage your investments as a business and, hence, follow certain rules to enter and exit the market. Similar to a business plan, focus on key objectives, trading strategies, and contingency plans.

  • Know when to stop

Obviously, it is tempting to stay invested in the market, but knowing when to book your profit or reduce your loss is a key attribute toward becoming a successful investor. A well planned exit strategy for every investment will help you prevent massive losses.

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