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Some simple problem with this article that almost all articles have in common. Most individuals in the stock the stock market lose money (because they do not know or study the companies they have become invested). They listen to their "expert" brokers (which are basically salespersons, not analyst). The typical investor cannot read and understand financial statements. Also, because the so called "experts" tell them they must "diversify" they have a portfolio large enough to choke a horse. Think about it: multiply the number of the companies you have times 15 minutes (minimum amount of time you should spend a day tracking news about each company). If the amount of time you spend tracking your investment blows off the top of your head drop the number of companies you own.
My advise? Do not play the market unless you: know how to read and understand financial statement, avoid going with the crowd, are familiar with the companies and their industry, know how to "channel" (if you do not know the meaning you are already in trouble), and have the time and will power to check on your companies daily (any developing events that impact your investment). These are minimum requirements.
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