I've overheard people complain that they lost money because Alan Greenspan raised, lowered and/or left rates unchanged. Oh, and Eliot Spitzer, too.
Well, folks, I've got some bad news for you. None of those are the reason any of you lost money. The dirty little secret is much simpler. You lost money because you bought a stock, and that stock went down, and then you sold it. Period, end of discussion.
Buying high and selling low is a lousy investment strategy. Worse is buying high and not selling at all as (paper) losses mount. Think of
You see, with responsibility comes a natural tendency toward planning. If you buy without a plan in place for when things go south --- when your original thesis turns out to be wrong -- then you are at fault.Sorry to be the bearer of this bad news, but the sooner you start accepting that simple truth, the better off you will be. Why? Because all of the excuses above are foreseeable events that only investors (and fools) fail to anticipate. Analysts can be wrong, TV is about ratings, insiders sell, and talking heads talk. Is that a surprise? Hey, guess what? The