Investing is more than just choosing stocks

When it comes to investing in the stock market, there are too many things investors need to be aware of. There are a few things you should keep in mind before you invest in the stock market. Perhaps the most important thing to determine before you start investing is your investment horizon. As an investor you want to make sure that you know which time frame you are investing for. This can completely affect your investment decisions. If you are investing for 20 or 30 years, the decisions and investments you choose will be entirely different then investing for 1 or 2 years.

Define your investment profile

Another important aspect is you have to define what type of investor you are. Do you want to choose stocks that are more risky, or you want to choose stocks that are well established companies? This is a key aspect that should not be overlooked. Essentially what you need to define is your risk tolerance.

Build your portfolio according to your needs

Above all your investment portfolio should be designed according to your investment goals, and profile. You want to make sure that every holding in your portfolio is aligned with your investment profile. This will ensure that you will achieve your investment goals. Being able to keep your strategy simple, and make sure you follow it along your investment journey.

Manage risk

Managing risk is another very important aspect of every investment. You have to be able to understand how much risk you can take, and prepare your investments in case of downturn in the market. Choosing investments that work well together is another way of building a great everlasting portfolio.

Adapt your portfolio

As you get older, your risk appetite might not be the same. As an investor you need to keep this in mind and make the necessary adjustments to your investment profile. Your investment profile will change over the years, due to several factors. Being able to adjust your investments to that fact is another important aspect to keep in mind.

Adapt your strategy

The same can be said for your investment strategy. It might have to do with age, or with a specific aspect of your life. Our investment goals, and investment profile are always changing. Being able to understand that, and adapt our investments to that fact can be a differentiating aspect. Applying these changes and embracing them is the key to being a great investor.

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Alex Wilson: Alex, a former tech industry executive, writes about the intersection of business and technology, covering everything from AI to digital transformation.