Expect to Be Wrong in the Stock Market
Editor's note: This is the beginning of a special collection of previously published investing lessons from RealMoney contributor and market strategist Barry Ritholtz.
In the present-day realm of investing, the near obsessive focus on stock selection has obscured the "art" of investing. There is much, much more to buying and selling stocks than mere stock picking. Not that you could tell, based upon what's in the financial media.
This new column -- "The Apprenticed Investor" -- is all about making you a better investor. Not just a better stock picker, but someone who knows how to preserve capital and manage risk.
One of the keys to successful investing is recognizing the frequency of "strikeouts" -- and having a plan in place to deal with them. This is the first lesson most new investors fail to digest.
Apprenticed Investor: Expect to Be Wrong in the Stock Market
Coming Up NextOver the next few weeks, we will review the traps, pitfalls and common errors that befall all too many investors. We will disassemble the damaging myths that keep haunting individuals. My list of investing "pet peeves" will get some airtime. We will dissect the reasons why stocks go up and down; it's actually simpler than most people realize. We will look at the debate over the "fundamental vs. technical analysis " issue. But it's not simply abstract theory: We'll go over "sell signals and stop-losses " -- a very basic yet overlooked tool. We'll look at "long-term" investing -- is it dead? Was it ever really alive? The answer will surprise you.
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