Investing in the stock market is not for the faint of heart because of its volatile nature, it can go up where you can make money but it can also go down where you can lose money.
Depending on what stocks you buy, over the long term, the stock market will probably make better returns for you than a time deposit or a savings account.
The only problem is that you need to monitor if possible, on a daily basis to be abreast of what is happening in the stock market trading and familiar with their activities. Not only that it takes sometime before you can actually make money.
This is a reality that you have to weigh against your possible immediate need for your funds.
If say, the stock you invested has taken a big fall you will be confronted with the same predicament as many other investors. Should you sell at a loss or hold on?
If you need the money and you don’t have any resource to settle your credit cards, mortgage or any other account, then no question go ahead and sell your stocks even at a loss.
But if you sell your stocks at a loss now and leave it in your savings account for safekeeping, then you might want to consider just leaving your investment and hope that the market makes a turn around or recovers in due time.
For anyone investing in the stock market for the first time here are few pieces of advice:
— First, if you lose sleep over the ups and downs of the market, I suggest you find a more conservative form of investment.
— Secondly, don’t rely on rumors or flimsy information about stocks movement. Just because someone has told you that buying this stock is profitable doesn’t mean that you should buy it.
— Lastly, only put in of what you can afford to lose or you can afford to leave it invested for a long term.
No matter how good you are playing at the stock market, you will never know when it will go up or down and you will never know when you can get your money back again with a profit.
Most importantly, unless you know what your doing, get a good financial advise from your stock broker or financial adviser.