- Minimize trading costs and taxes by sticking to a "buy and hold" program.
- Buy when everyone else is scared to buy.
- Focus on smaller companies that are growing at a reasonable rate.
- Preference goes to dividend paying stocks.
How am I doing?
8/31/2010 (Year to Date)
S&P 500: down 5.93%
Roth IRA: up 11.35%
Rollover IRA: up 15.53%
I outperformed in 2009 as well. Let me make this clear: I am not an investing genius. What I am is a realist. I know not to get caught up in fads - that's why it's so easy to outperform the markets. A large part of "the market" is made up of mutual funds whose managers are chasing after each other. There is very little original thought out there because managers are scared they will make a mistake and lose their job. This fear leads them to follow the pack. It's hard to lose your job when your performance is similar to everyone else.
Investing can be really easy, especially if you do buy and hold like I recommend. Personally I spend about an hour or two each week catching up on news pertaining to stocks I own or would like to own. That's it.
Simple is good.