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I am a Malaysian Chinese. I have been investing in the Malaysian stock market for a long time. I was working in bank before I retired and became a full-time investor. I believe that fundamental analysis and technical analysis are equally important when investing or trading in the stock markets.... More
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  • Control Your Emotion Or Other People Will Control You 0 comments
    Mar 21, 2013 10:59 PM

    Many people are controlled by fear. Fear of losing an opportunity causes you to act in haste. Fear of losing your paper profit causes you to sell out too early. And fear of losing everything causes you to sell right at the bottom. Although selling right at the bottom is caused more by frustration than anything else, fear also plays a part. How do we overcome these kind of fears? Knowledge is the best weapon. When you know, people cannot scare, frighten or intimidate you. They can't con you in anyway.

    Hope causes you to hold on to a falling stock. Sometimes your hope is rewarded; your stock turns around and you make a profit. Unfortunately, hopes often become hopeless. Experience tells me that it is much better to keep an uptrend stock and let go a falling one. This strategy is vital, simply because a trend in motion is likely to continue. Hope also causes people to buy into excessively high PE stocks. I prefer what is good today and better tomorrow.

    You often hear people say: "Don't be greedy." Actually greed is necessary if you want to make big money. How else can you get a ten-bagger if you are not greedy.

    But unsatisfied greed is bad. Bulls make money, bears make money but never a pig. (A pig is someone who will not sell, not matter how high the price goes up.)

    Everything has a fair price. When a stock is overpriced, your concern is to sell it. The best way I know is to use a trailing stop-loss which is a valuable device to prevent you from selling out too early.

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