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Wassalam.
5/11/2009
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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

How to improve your investment skills

Assalamualaikum w.b.t,

Untuk pembacaan dan renungan.

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TheStar: Wednesday February 10, 2010 

Personal Investing - By Ooi Kok Hwa

WE have been asked by many readers on ways to improve their investment skills. In fact, for all of us who invest, it is one of the essential skills that we need to acquire in our lifetime. Like it or not, we need to have it if we need to generate returns for our investment. All investors want good returns from their investments. However, most of the times, instead of generating returns, retail investors are suffering from losses from their investments. We feel that one of the key differences between an intelligent investor versus a normal investor is that the intelligent investor will be aware that he may make mistakes in some of his investment decisions while a normal investor tend to overlook the fact that he will make wrong decisions no matter how good he thinks he is.
Despite extensive research on certain listed companies, due to some unforeseen changes in certain fundamental factors, even good value companies may suffer losses. Under such circumstances, an intelligent investor will admit that he had made a mistake in his investment decision and will cut losses fast.
However, the problem with most investors is that they refuse to face their mistakes; some are not willing to cut their losses even though they are aware of their mistakes.
Hence, rule number one in investing is that we must be fully aware that regardless of whether you are an investment guru or an average investor, everyone will make mistake in his investment decisions. That’s why some experts say: “When somebody mentions that they have more experience than you, they mean that they have incurred more losses than you in stock market.” The key is to learn from our mistakes.
In order to avoid incurring losses in stock market, we need to develop our own investing system that suit our needs, skills, knowledge and risk tolerance level. The investing system can be adopted from the fundamental analysis, technical analysis or combination of both. If we ask some remisiers, they will most likely tell you that they need two to three years to develop their own investing system that can help them to generate returns from stock market.
One of the fastest ways to acquire investing knowledge is through reading books relating to investment. There are many good investment books in the market. However, since every investor has different preferences, the best way is to visit bookstores and look for investment books that he or she can understand and can offer the skills needed. For beginners, always start with some basic investment books that explain well on key investment concepts.
Here are some good investment book titles for consideration: The Intelligent Investors (by Benjamin Graham), The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America (Warren Buffett and Lawrence A. Cunningham) and Rule #1 (Phil Town). For advanced investors, you may consider Security Analysis (by Benjamin Graham and David Dodd), which is still one of the best investment books in the world.
Apart from reading books, investors need to read more business news in newspapers and magazines to keep themselves updated on the latest happenings. In addition, many newspapers, magazines and websites also publish good articles for the purpose of educating general public on investment. For example, investors can get good investment knowledge from website like www.min.com.my, by Securities Industry Development Corp.
Reading analysts’ research reports will enhance our understanding on some issues and factors in valuation as well as comments on some corporate strategies and developments. This knowledge is crucial in helping us making better investment decisions. Besides, for those serious fundamental investors, they may consider buying books like Stock Performance Guide (by Dynaquest Sdn Bhd) and Shares (Pioneers & Leaders (Publishers) Pte Ltd), which will provide all the essential investment information like companies’ background and some key critical investment information.
Another way to acquire investing knowledge is through attending investment training classes. There are many types of investment training classes, for example, classes on fundamental investment, technical analysis, currency trading or option trading. Given that a lot of these classes are quite expensive, we need to check whether investment training suits our needs. We believe some of those classes may be able to help investors generating returns, however, they require higher level of discipline and commitment.
Before we start investing with “real” money, one of the ways to gain experience and at the same time test out our skills is by building up a “virtual” portfolio and investing using “virtual” money. We can always try out our investment skills through playing a simulated investment game and monitor the investment returns before putting the real money into the stock market. Besides, we should also start young. If we acquire these investment skills at younger age, the losses that we may incur will be much lower than trying them when we are getting nearer to our retirement age.
Ooi Kok Hwa is an investment adviser and managing partner of MRR Consulting.

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