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Keep Emotions Out of It, Above All Don’t panic!

Top 5 of the Week of January 18

Having written thousands of pages of equity strategy and company research between us, we understand the allure of the ever-changing world of finance. Investing is an art form – and like everything, something you can work on and improve at. So, we’ve created this Top 5 of the Week to draw you to blog writers and articles that we believe have some interesting views and tips out there for making the most of your investment skills.


A smart philosophy for good investing

A succinct blog post which offers an interesting perspective on investing. There are so many viewpoints and opinions out there on what you should and shouldn’t do, what picks you need to buy, and above all the sheer magnitude of information about investing in the stock market. It’s refreshing to read from someone who suggests a keep calm and don’t panic attitude to the whole thing.

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Thinking of using a financial advisor?

Here, Kathryn Cicoletti – an ex-Director/hedge fund research analyst from New York – offers some strong advice for those thinking of employing the uses of a Financial Advisor. Her website sets out to empower and educate those interested in making the most of their finances and investing. And she has a straight-talking, no-nonsense approach arguing in favor of seeking out a robo-advisor rather than their human counterparts who seem to load up the fees when creating your portfolios.

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Keep emotions out of it

A man after our own hearts, Bloomberg View columnist Barry Ritholtz has some sound guidance for keeping a level head when it comes to making the most of investing your financial wealth. With January starting the way it has this year in the stock market, the segment is worth a five-minute watch to remind us all not to act drastically in these situations. Remain calm and keep your sense of humor about the whole thing just as Barry suggests.

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Above all don’t panic!

With the Royal Bank of Scotland’s warning bells ringing in our ears from last week ominously foretelling a ‘cataclysmic’ year for 2016 with slumps in shares and oil, it would be easy to panic and react as they suggest and “Sell everything”. With a headline like this landing on your desk first thing in the morning, it would be hard not to react to the doom and gloom predictions of a stock market crash ahead. Thankfully, financial investment blog writer Dylan Lewis of The Motley Fool has a few calming words to say in response. Importantly, not to react out of fear and emotion – these should not be drivers behind your investment choices. Read more here and heed Lewis’ advice wisely.

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5 Things everyone should know about investing

This blog post is a compiled list of the 122 Things Everyone Should Know About Investing and the Economy, and these are our 5 favorites from it:

16) Napoleon’s definition of a military genius was, “the man who can do the average thing when all those around him are going crazy.” Same goes in investing.

35) As last year’s Berkshire Hathaway shareholder meeting, Warren Buffett said he has owned 400 to 500 stocks during his career, and made most of his money on 10 of them. This is common: a large portion of investing success often comes from a tiny proportion of investments.

52) There is a strong correlation between knowledge and humility. The best investors realize how little they know.

74) The book Where Are the Customers’ Yachts? was written in 1940, and most people still haven’t figured out that brokers don’t have their best interest at heart.

95) However much money you think you’ll need for retirement, double it. Now you’re closer to reality.

 

Have a read yourself and see if you agree or disagree. Tell us your favorites in a comment below.

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Top 5 of the Week is a summarized collection of financial investment articles that we like and think you might like too. There are some excellent writers out there on the finance web, some offer a running commentary on today’s market, some are doing research, some have tips on how to Become a Better Investor, and some just lift the cloud of fog behind a lot of financial jargon. Each week we will keep you up to date with the top 5 articles worthy of your attention.


 

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