As an individual investor, your time horizon is considerably longer than a trader. Therefore, you should welcome price declines in the stocks of excellent companies such as Google. This gives you the opportunity to pick up shares at discounted prices. Please note that this section and course is targeted to investors; this is a different methodology to financial trading.
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– Macro Factors that Affect Long Term Investment Returns
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– Valuing Growth Shares
– Efficient Market Hypothesis
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– Investing in Technology Companies
– Investing in Pharmaceuticals and Health Care Stocks
– Making Money with Banks and Insurance Stocks
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– Inflation and why it affects us all
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– Second Hand Markets
– Recessions and Innovation
– Investing in Diamonds?
– Bubbles, Tulips and Gold
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– Phillips Curve | Inflation and Unemployment
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An investor would look at the long- term (five to ten years down the road) prospects of a business and how stocks are currently priced relative to these prospects.
In particular if you look at individual companies you would do well to pay close attention to the level of economic profit that a company attains. You are looking for companies that can earn steady and predictable economic profit over the long-term.
Don’t worry about whether “new economy” stocks continue to suck money out of “old economy” stocks. Ten years from now, it will boil down to what companies are the ones who are making money. If a business keeps increasing its economic profit and the stock continues to sink, you should take advantage of the discounted prices that the market gives you. We believe the stock market is miserably inefficient in the short-term since fear and greed dominate. But over the long-term, the stocks that go up are the ones that continue to increase their business values year after year.
A note on interest rates. The stock market as a whole depends on the level of interest rates as well. Remember the value of a stock depends on the present value of all the cash that can be taken out of a company over its lifetime. As interest rates rise, the value of all stocks declines.