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Stocks Retail Investors Can Buy to Build Wealth This Decade

Stocks to build wealth

The market is down which means there are a variety of stocks retail investors can buy to build wealth this decade.

The problem is identifying which stocks will create the team you need to ensure your investing success.

I’ve compiled a list of stocks along with a simple strategy that’s going to allow these stocks to compound over time so that when you’re ready, they start paying you passively.

By the end of this article, you will have the knowledge you need to begin building your very own wealth through stock investments this decade.

Let’s get started!

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Compounding starts with reinvesting

Which stocks to buy?
Which stocks to buy?

The list below is made up of cash dividend paying stocks, companies with enough cash at hand which allows them to pay cash dividends to its investors every quarter.

The key here is to ensure that you opt in to ‘reinvest’ these cash dividends back into the asset so that your number of shares automatically compound every quarter.

On some occasions, the default setting is set to ‘cash’ instead of ‘reinvest’, which means your broker account will receive the cash dividend as a form of payment and settle in your funds like a deposit.

When you’ve built a strong retirement portfolio and you’re ready to claim the fruit of your labor many years from now, then you’ll want to begin taking that big cash.

But in the meantime, we’re focusing on setting ourselves up for that chapter in our lives so make sure you opt in to ‘reinvest’ that cash dividend.

Over time, you will see your number of shares grow fractionally and then eventually turn into whole numbers.

This process will continue repeating as you continue to fund your cash dividend stock portfolio.

Which Stocks Can Take Care of You Forever?

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Which stocks to buy?

Building wealth is a constant journey of increasing your income and investing in assets that can take care of you forever.

If you would like me to publish more content on how to increase your income let me know in the comments section at the end of the article.

Granted that you have the capability to invest now during this bear market, here is a list of cash dividend paying stocks that can take care of you forever.

Related: How to Invest in Stocks for Beginners

#1. VOO (S&P 500)

Dividend Yield: 1.56%

VOO has paid $5.65 per share in the past year during the bull market but is currently paying $1.43 per share in this year’s bear market.

VOO is Vanguard’s S&P 500 ETF which tracks the top 500 performing companies in the United States.

#2. GPC (Genuine Parts Co.)

Dividend Yield: 2.40%

GPC has paid $3.42 per share but is currently paying investors during this bear market $0.90 per share.

Genuine Parts Company is an American service organization engaged in the distribution of automotive replacement parts, industrial replacement parts, office products and electrical/electronic materials.

#3. VNQ (Real Estate REIT)

Dividend Yield: 3.53%

VNQ has paid $2.86 per share but is currently paying investors approximately $0.56 per share in today’s bear market.

VNQ is Vanguard’s real estate ETF which invests in stocks issued by real estate investment trusts (REITs), companies that purchase office buildings, hotels, and other real property.

#4. OMF (One Main Holdings, Inc.)

Dividend Yield: 7.96%

OMF currently pays investors $0.95 per share but has paid them as much as $6.80 per share during the bull market.

OneMain Holdings, Inc. is an American financial services holding company that provides loan products, offers credit cards, and other personal loans.

#5. T (AT&T)

Dividend Yield: 9.71%

AT&T is currently paying shareholders $0.28 per share but has paid investors $1.60 in the past.

AT&T Inc. is an American multinational telecommunications holding company offering internet and cellular services.

#6. NRZ (Real Estate REIT)

Dividend Yield: 9.85%

NRZ stock is currently paying investors $0.25 per share but has paid $1 per share before.

New Residential is a publicly traded mortgage real estate investment trust with a diversified portfolio and a strong track record of performance.

#7. EMR (Emerson Electric Co.)

Dividend Yield: 2.45%

EMR pays shareholders $0.51 per share but has paid investors $2.05 per share prior to today’s bear market.

Emerson Electric Co. is an American multinational corporation headquartered in Ferguson, Missouri.

The Fortune 500 company manufactures products and provides engineering services for industrial, commercial, and consumer markets.

#8. ESGV (ETF)

Dividend Yield: 1.26%

ESGV currently pays shareholders $0.20 but has paid investors $0.88 per share in the past.

ESGV tracks the performance of large-, mid-, and small-capitalization stocks.

The ETF specifically excludes stocks of certain companies related to the following: adult entertainment, alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, gambling, chemical and biological weapons, cluster munitions, anti-personnel landmines, nuclear weapons, conventional military weapons, civilian firearms, nuclear power, and coal, oil, or gas.

Other Stocks?

Investing in other stocks that aren’t paying cash dividends could be a great way to raise capital fast.

One example is Tesla, AMC, GameStop, etc.

Retail investors who were able to jump on these stocks early were able to capitalize on massive price fluctuations.

The key here is to get in early, otherwise you may end up holding substantially large losses.

If you’re going to invest in individual companies, make sure you’ve done your due diligence and cash out when in profit.

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How to Invest In The Stock Market For Beginners

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How to invest in the stock market step by step for beginners

There comes a point when you realize that in order to build wealth it will require you to build multiple streams of income. The average millionaire has seven. The stock market is one way you can invest your earned income in order to start earning passive income and multiply your money. Here’s how to invest in the stock market step by step for beginners.

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I’ve been investing in the stock market since 2019.

When I learned how to open a brokerage account and buy company stock, I knew I had to show people how to do it too.

Everything I found online was outdated so I wanted to make it easy for people to start.

Benefits of investing in the stock market

One of the greatest benefits of investing in the stock market is that you get to hedge against inflation.

Inflation is at an all-time high right now and simply letting your money lose its value isn’t going to create wealth.

The stock market also provides an average return of 7%-8% annually which means those CDs and high yielding savings accounts are a thing of the past.

Even so, you can always create a portfolio bringing in 20%+ annual returns!

In June of 2021, AMC shareholders saw a whopping 3000% return on their investment at its high.

GameStop shareholders saw about half!

Although these trades are much different anomalies then traditional long-term investing, it paints a picture of the power of the market.

Let’s get you started!

#1. Set a Budget When Planning to Invest

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Before you begin to invest you will need to set a budget on your first investment(s).

The great thing about the stock market is that you can invest with as little as $50 or so depending on the cost of a share.

A share is a fraction of a company you can own and earn money from as the company grows and profits over a period of time.

Example

If you set a budget of $200 and the share of a company you want to invest in costs $50 then you can purchase (4) four shares of said company.

If a month later the shares you purchased are worth $60 each then your shares would now be worth $240, resulting in a $40 gain.

This is how investing in the stock market works.

Note: I highly recommend having your emergency fund built prior to proceeding with investing in the stock market.

It is important to highlight that the money you invest in the stock market will need to be money you can tolerate losing.

The stock market is volatile meaning the value of your assets is constantly going up and down.

Something to keep in mind is that the value of your investments can go down just as fast if not faster than they went up.

Now, this is not addressed to scare you. The stock on average has an annual return of 6-8% per year.

Why should you invest in stocks?

Investing in stocks is a great way to diversify your portfolio.

You don’t want to keep all your eggs in one basket.

For this reason, the wealthy invest in companies they believe have long-term potential to thrive and to multiply their investment.

#2. Know What to Invest In

Now that you’ve set a budget you’ll need to know what you want to invest in.

Once you do, find the stock market symbol of the company on Google search engine.

If you wanted to invest in Coca-Cola for example, you’d search ‘stock market symbol for Coca-Cola’ on Google.

You’ll see that the NYSE (New York Stock Exchange) symbol for Coca-Cola is KO.

This is how you will identify and search for companies to invest in when you’re in the market to buy stocks.

Here are some different type of investments you can invest in within the NYSE.

Stocks

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How to invest in stocks for beginners

A stock is a share of a company just like Coca-Cola.

Buying a share from one specific company is a stock.

Stocks are good to purchase if you strongly believe in the continued success of your choice of company.

Invest in companies that have room to grow and are constantly innovating.

Stocks I personally favor are Tesla, Apple, and Amazon.

These tech companies are always innovating therefore I have strong conviction towards their continued growth and success.

Index Funds

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How to invest in the stock market

An index fund is a fund that tracks and follows the index (growth) of a group of companies.

When you own a share of an index fund, you own a percentage of a pool of companies oppose to just one company.

What makes an index fund great is that if a company within an index fund isn’t performing very well there are other companies that may balance the overall performance of the fund resulting in a fair return.

A popular choice is the S&P500.

This index fund tracks the performance of the top 500 companies in the United States.

This type of investment tends to be a less risky and yield great profits over the long run.

It’s an investors favorite and I personally hold shares in the S&P500.

Bookmark: Retire a millionaire with the S&P500: is it possible?

REITS

Invest in REITS
How to buy REITS

A REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust Fund) is very similar to an index fund.

The only exception is that it invests exclusively in real estate companies oppose to other businesses.

If you want to invest in real estate without the hassle of learning the game, using cash up front, or getting into debt, REITs are a great way to diversify your portfolio into the real estate sector.

A great REIT I’m invested in is VNQ with Vanguard.

Which investment is right for you?

Each of these investments has their own benefits.

My suggestion is to research them individually as all of our needs are very unique.

As your skills develop as a retail investor, you’ll find yourself having a diversified portfolio consisting of all three.

Invest in the stock market and learn to identify which investment is best for you.

Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.

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#3. Choose a Brokerage Firm to Begin Investing in The Stock Market

This is the fun part.

Choose a reputable online brokerage firm.

A brokerage firm is a platform where you will be doing all of your investing through the NYSE.

Here you’ll be able to purchase stocks and sell them.

Each brokerage firm has their own customer advantages but are very similar to use.

Here is a list of brokerage firms you can open an account with and sign up for free.

Check out each brokerage firm’s website and see which feels more comfortable for you to navigate.

Do some research on each of them to see which has the strongest potential for your needs. I personally use Vanguard.

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How to invest in the stock market for beginners

Note: When you purchase investments, there are small commission fees your investments will pay out to the firm.

They are very small in most cases and don’t hinder your earnings like you’d think. Vanguard has the lowest fees.

Each brokerage firm will have different commission fees and the percentage will vary in each firm.

For example: Coke (KO) will have a slightly different commission fee in every firm despite having the same share cost.

#4. Open your account

For this step-by-step on how to invest in the stock market I’m going to use Vanguard.

Vanguard is one of the most reliable brokerage accounts you can use.

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How to invest in stocks for beginners

Head over to Vanguard and select ‘Open an account’.

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How to invest in stocks with Vanguard

Select ‘Start your new account’ to get started.

Vanguard Account

Choose the method you will be funding your new account. You can choose between:

  • Electronic bank transfer or another Vanguard account
  • Rollover from an employer plan (e.g., 401(k) plan)
  • Transfer investments from another financial firm

Most new retail investors will be choosing the first option, using an electronic bank transfer to fund your account.

Open a vanguard account

Before you open your account to begin investing in the stock market you’ll need your bank account and routing number as well as other personal information.

Once you’re in it’s time to transfer funds into your account.

#5. Transfer Funds into Your Brokerage Account

Congratulations! Now that you’ve chosen a brokerage account to invest with, you’ll have the tools at your disposal to begin investing.

Navigate throughout your brokerage website. Get comfortable with where things are.

Things might seem very new at first, intimidating even.

Don’t worry, now that you’ve begun something new, you’ll begin to take the first steps toward self-education.

First, you’ll want to learn how to transfer funds into your brokerage account.

I will be demonstrating step by step how to do this using Vanguard.

Toggle the settings to connect your bank account with your brokerage account so you can start to invest in the stock market.

This direct line will allow you to transfer funds into your account so you may begin to purchase shares.

Once you have this set up you may transfer the money from your budget to invest in.

Vanguard investment

#6. Make Your Very First Investment in The Stock Market

Now that you’ve transferred your funds over to your brokerage account, navigate through the site to make your very first purchase.

Search the symbol of the stock, index, or REIT you will be investing in.

Note: Before purchasing, make sure you thoroughly navigate the website to get comfortable using it.

This will make the purchase experience a lot easier.

Once you pull up the investment, go through the details provided on the page.

You should be able to see its history, it’s projected return, its risk level, and so much more information about the investment.

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Purchase the investment!

Purchase the investment with the option set to ‘Market’.

This option will allow you to purchase the investment instantly at the price it’s worth.

We suggest doing a test purchase since this is your first time investing in the stock market.

This will help you get a feel for it. Purchase one share so you understand the process.

It will serve as good practice and experience.

Congrats on buying your first share!

Follow up on your investment the following day and see whether your investment had gains or losses.

You’ll see for the very first time how your investment grew in value or decreased in value.

You now have a taste of what it’s like to invest in the stock market.

Bookmark: My top picks of stocks to invest in right now

Final thoughts

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I have personally invested in stocks since 2019 and have learned a lot about the stock market.

In fact, I’m still learning today.

I published an article on the best tips and advice for beginners investing in stocks to further help you on your journey.

Stock investing is all about strategy.

When you make money in the stock market you may let it sit and accumulate over time, or you may cash in your profits and allocate those gains towards other opportunities.

This is why I believe investing in stocks is extremely important to someone who wants to build wealth.

The stock market allows you to multiply your hard-earned money so you may further invest it in other assets.

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The Best Dividend Stocks to Buy for Passive Income

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Personal Finance: Best dividend stocks to buy | Stocks to buy now

Today I’m going over 8 of the best dividend stocks to buy for passive income in 2022.

These tickers have been yielding cash returns (which I’ve reinvested back) no matter whether the markets are up or down all year long.

Investing in these types of passive income trains is something Warren Buffett has done over the course of his lifetime.

And the sooner you begin investing in dividend stocks, the more you’ll thank yourself later.

Let’s get started!

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Best Dividend Stocks to Buy in 2022

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Dividend stock investing can yield big passive income when done right.

Dedication and patience are two key virtues to making the best out of this wealth building strategy.

Here’s a list of the best dividend stocks to buy this year:

#1. VOO (S&P 500)

Dividend Yield: 1.56%

VOO has paid $5.65 per share in the past year during the bull market but is currently paying $1.43 per share in this year’s bear market.

VOO is Vanguard’s S&P 500 ETF which tracks the top 500 performing companies in the United States.

#2. GPC (Genuine Parts Co.)

Dividend Yield: 2.40%

GPC has paid $3.42 per share but is currently paying investors during this bear market $0.90 per share.

Genuine Parts Company is an American service organization engaged in the distribution of automotive replacement parts, industrial replacement parts, office products and electrical/electronic materials.

#3. VNQ (Real Estate REIT)

Dividend Yield: 3.53%

VNQ has paid $2.86 per share but is currently paying investors approximately $0.56 per share in today’s bear market.

VNQ is Vanguard’s real estate ETF which invests in stocks issued by real estate investment trusts (REITs), companies that purchase office buildings, hotels, and other real property.

#4. OMF (One Main Holdings, Inc.)

Dividend Yield: 7.96%

OMF currently pays investors $0.95 per share but has paid them as much as $6.80 per share during the bull market.

OneMain Holdings, Inc. is an American financial services holding company that provides loan products, offers credit cards, and other personal loans.

#5. T (AT&T)

AT&T

Dividend Yield: 9.71%

AT&T is currently paying shareholders $0.28 per share but has paid investors $1.60 in the past.

AT&T Inc. is an American multinational telecommunications holding company offering internet and cellular services.

#6. NRZ (Real Estate REIT)

Dividend Yield: 9.85%

NRZ stock is currently paying investors $0.25 per share but has paid $1 per share before.

New Residential is a publicly traded mortgage real estate investment trust with a diversified portfolio and a strong track record of performance.

#7. EMR (Emerson Electric Co.)

Dividend Yield: 2.45%

EMR pays shareholders $0.51 per share but has paid investors $2.05 per share prior to today’s bear market.

Emerson Electric Co. is an American multinational corporation headquartered in Ferguson, Missouri.

The Fortune 500 company manufactures products and provides engineering services for industrial, commercial, and consumer markets.

#8. ESGV (ETF)

Dividend Yield: 1.26%

ESGV currently pays shareholders $0.20 but has paid investors $0.88 per share in the past.

ESGV tracks the performance of large-, mid-, and small-capitalization stocks.

The ETF specifically excludes stocks of certain companies related to the following: adult entertainment, alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, gambling, chemical and biological weapons, cluster munitions, anti-personnel landmines, nuclear weapons, conventional military weapons, civilian firearms, nuclear power, and coal, oil, or gas.

Send this list to someone you know!

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I personally hold these stocks in my stock portfolio and figured I’d share with my readers which dividend stocks I recommend checking out.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this list – do you hold any?

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My Top Picks of Stocks to Invest in Right Now

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Best stocks to invest in long term

I’ve found a fortune! And I want to share it with you. These stocks have allowed me to profit and snowball my investments within as little as a year. I understand stock picking can be quite difficult. Sometimes you just need someone to provide you with a list of stocks that has worked for them. Here are my top picks of stocks to invest in right now.

If you’re new to the investing world and haven’t started, bookmark this post on how to invest in the stock market (step by step) for beginners.

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These stocks have allowed me to diversify my portfolio very well.

You’ll get my favorite index fund, favorite ETF, and favorite REIT.

Adding these stocks to your arsenal will proof to balance your investing portfolio out a little more.

I’ve been invested in the stock market since 2019 and have noted that these picks have been a strong foundation in my portfolio.

Often times when other stocks were down, these were up.

Let’s dive right into it.

#1. EMR – Emerson Electric Co.

Emerson Electric Co. Stock

Emerson Electric Co. is an American multinational corporation that manufactures electric motors using their own patent.

The company became the first to sell electric fans in the U.S and expanded its product line to electric sewing machines, electric dental drills, and power tools.

EMR basically produces electric motors for every type of business and necessity you can think of.

Dividend Yield: 2.1%

This is a great stock to invest in because electric motors are always going to be needed.

As our society continues to innovate, electric motors will continue to play a very important role.

EMR Emerson Electric Co stock chart

EMR Annual Return

Emerson Electric Co. has an average annual return of 9%.

They are also involved in all sort of industries including automotive, life sciences & medical, water & waste, industrial energy, marine, and food & beverage just to name a few. Innovation?

They’re currently involved in several stem projects too.

#2. GPC – Genuine Parts Co.

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Genuine Parts Company is an American service organization that distributes automotive replacement parts, industrial replacement parts, office products and electrical goods.

Parts are sold under the NAPA brand in North America.

Dividend Yield: 3%

GPC is great because cars aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. As cars evolve, this auto parts company will continue to manufacture and distribute parts.

GPC Genuine Parts Co. Nappa Auto Parts Stock Graph

GPC Annual Return

Genuine Parts Co. stock has seen an annual return ranging from 7% to 15%.

GPC has more than 10,000 locations in 14 countries and employs approximately 50,000 people.

75% of GPC’s sales come from North America, 15% from Europe, and 10% from Australia.

#3. VNQ – Vanguard Real Estate (REIT)

VNQ Real Estate REIT stock

VNQ invests in stocks issued by real estate investment trusts (REIT’s), companies that purchase office buildings, hotels, and other real property.

Dividend Yield: 3.65%

The real estate market has been HOT recently.

It’s a sellers’ market at the moment

. With property selling almost instantaneously this REIT has been performing extremely well recently.

VNQ Vanguard Real Estate REIT stock

VNQ Annual Return

VNQ’s annual yield has varied with some years reaching up to 30%.

Its history also shows annual yields between 5%-8%.

This investment seeks to provide a high level of income.

#4. VOO – S&P500

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This Vanguard ETF invests in stocks within the S&P500, representing 500 of the largest U.S companies.

Companies in the S&P500 include Apple, Tesla, Johnson & Johnson, Walt Disney, Netflix, and Coca-Cola to name a few.

You can see all the companies in this index fund in the link at the end of this article.

Dividend Yield: 1.39%

The S&P is one of the best index funds in the market.

Warren Buffett himself is a huge fan.

Fun fact: his trustee is expected to receive all of Warren’s assets with 90% of his stock picks moved in the S&P500!

When you own the S&P500 you own a piece of the fortune 500 companies.

Since they are all working and innovating towards being better every year, you can only expect this index funds’ value to go up.

VOO - S&P500 Index Fund

S&P 500 Annual Return

The S&P500’s annual yield has been approximately 10% – 11% since its inception back in 1926.

This is an index fund I’m continuously adding to my position in.

The diversity in companies it holds makes it an attractive stock for both novice and experienced investors.

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#5. ESGV (ETF)

ESGV is a Vanguard ETF that invests in the top 10 companies in the U.S.

These companies include Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Alphabet (Google), Facebook, Tesla, JP Morgan Chase & Co, Visa, Inc., United Health Group, and NVIDIA Corp.

Dividend Yield: 1.06%

Unlike the S&P500, owning this ETF means you own a piece of the top 10 companies in the U.S.

This growth ETF puts the top earners in your portfolio.

This attractive stock only knows up.

The companies in this pool are companies that are constantly innovating. It’s always day one with them.

ESGV Vanguard ETF Stock

ESGV Annual Return

This ETF is relatively new. It was created in 2018 and has gained 24%-31% in annual returns.

This type of investment is meant to provide you with the highest returns possible.

Building your position in this ETF can prove to be a great offense. Very few times you’ll find this ETF on red.

Bookmark these investing tips for beginners.

Bonus Stock

AMC Stock

Have you seen what’s been going on with AMC Entertainment recently?

This stock is set up for a short squeeze.

If you can manage to buy this stock before it takes off then you’ll be able to make a quick trade.

A subcommunity from Reddit who skyrocketed GameStop’s share price also began moving AMC Entertainment.

Well, AMC now has a bigger community due to how much more affordable its stock is than that of GameStop’s.

You can read more about this stock’s short squeeze DD (due diligence) here.

Are you already investing in one of these stocks? Let’s start a conversation.

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Is Your Portfolio Down? 3 Tips to Navigate the Weather

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Is your stock portfolio down? 3 Tips to navigate the bad weather

Nothing is more dissatisfying than seeing your portfolio down.

You work so hard to earn the money to invest it, finally begin to see some growth, and then the market dumps.

Now your stock portfolio is down.

Most of you aren’t ‘hedging’ against your losses like most financial institutions are either.

So, what can you do to navigate this bad weather?

Here are 3 tips that will get you through it.

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#1. Increase your position(s)

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Increase your position when your stock portfolio is down

One way I personally take advantage of the market when my stock portfolio is down is by increasing my positions.

If you’re a long-term stockholder like I am then you understand the current market situation is only temporary and the market always tends to bounce right back up.

This means that any stock that’s red in my portfolio is at a discount.

Some of you who are part of my private community have received alerts and notifications of when I’ve bought a dip (both stock and crypto).

It’s these types of strategies that have allowed me to weather the bad storm when my portfolios are down.

Why buy on red days?

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Why buy when the market is down?

Buying on red days even if your portfolio is down means you will profit as soon as the market begins to trend upwards again.

If a stock you purchased is down -5% then it goes down to -10%, you can take advantage of buying the asset cheaper at -10% if you anticipate its value will go back up.

In this scenario, if the value goes up again and the original stock you purchased has broken even, then the other share(s) you bought low are up +5%.

If your conviction towards a stock or company is strong, buying heavy during the lows could significantly increase your portfolio’s value as the stock begins to climb again.

While many novice investors might panic at the sight of their assets declining in value, it’s best to stay calm and rely on your conviction and have a strategy in mind.

#2. Invest your money in other assets

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Other assets you can invest your money in when your portfolio is down could be a business, a crypto wallet, or even in yourself.

One way I’ve invested my money during this bear market aside from stocks and cryptocurrencies has been in my business and in my health.

The reason we invest is to get a return.

So why not invest in a startup or even in yourself?

Because ultimately you are the vehicle that’s going to take you to where you want to be.

Think about how else you can make a return on the money you’re about to invest.

Nothing is ever certain, not even in the stock market.

Take a risk and invest in yourself.

Assets you can invest in other than stocks

  • Cryptocurrencies
  • NFTs
  • Startup/Side Hustle/ Business
  • Health

You’ll find that once you invest in other income generating opportunities, those same opportunities will eventually allow you to invest more into the markets and within one another.

This form of diversification is going to armor you up for when your stock portfolio is down.

Keep track of your net worth as well as the sources growing it to build your portfolio’s confidence.

#3. You can always play it passively

Long-term investing
Long-term investing

When your stock portfolio is down, you can always choose to play it passively and do nothing.

You understand building your net worth is going to take time despite what the market is going through.

Perhaps you don’t find cryptocurrencies or startups attractive, and that’s okay.

This third tip is to be patient and let your portfolio go through the growing pains.

Believe me when I say I’ve been there too.

The important thing here is to stay calm and not let your feelings control your financial decisions.

I know too well this is one of the hardest things about having money planted in the stock market.

But in the end, this all about taking in that learning experience so you can do better the next time an opportunity comes your way.

When should you cut your losses?

when should you cut your losses?

You should cut your losses only when you’ve identified an investment is a dead play or you are not seeing results after 1-2 years, especially if you’re going long on a stock or company.

Day traders cut their losses quick because they’re in the stock market for short-term gains.

Long-term investors should keep a close eye on what they’re investing in to identify whether there is future growth of a stock.

One way I’ve identified a potentially great long-term stock is by looking at the stock’s history chart.

If there’s been consistent growth for over a period of a few years, then you can assume the trajectory will follow in the coming years.

I created a list of these type of long-term stocks here.

I cut my losses on SPRT shortly after the merge with Greenridge because at that point I didn’t trust the company nor its partners.

Another stock I sold was AT&T because after a little over a year all it did was consolidate and its performance was not on parr with my expectations.

These are just my personal experiences selling stocks in the market.

AT&T has a great dividend, and I might create a portfolio specifically based on dividend stocks in the near future to further amp up my portfolio strategy.

Is your portfolio down?

Let’s start a discussion in the comment section below.

Is your portfolio down?

And if so, how are you navigating through today’s bear market?

The community and I would love to hear from you.

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Best Tips & Advice For Beginners Investing in Stocks

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#1. Don’t invest with Robinhood

If you read ‘How To Invest In The Stock Market (Step By Step) For Beginners‘ you knew I was going to publish this post and are most likely already investing in stocks. I want to provide my readers with more value. If you’re brand new to the stock market then this article was tailored just for you. Here are the best tips and advice for beginners investing in stocks.

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how to invest in stocks for beginners

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Please note that we are in no way encouraging people to invest in the stock market. These are only tips and advice for those who have just started investing in the market. Investing in the stock market is only one of many ways to build long-term wealth so we will be focusing on this particular subject. It is our pleasure to present some of the best tips and advice for beginners investing in stocks.

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I’ve been investing in the stock market since August of 2019. When I learned what a brokerage account was and how to open one, I dove right in. I was hooked on the idea of multiplying my hard earned money and felt like I had discovered a secret.

When I realized how difficult it was to find anything on Google regarding investing for beginners, I decided to take Franknez.com live in efforts to make investing in stocks less intimidating for the curious individual.

I’ve learned a lot investing in stocks and I’m glad I was able to go through trial and error so you won’t have to. Here are my 10 investing tips for beginners investing in stocks.

#1. Get Familiar With Stock Details

get familiar with stock details

It’s important that you begin to familiarize yourself with the contents within your platform or brokerage account of choice. Learn to navigate this new platform and get familiar with your stocks details.

In this example from Vanguard, you’ll be able to see a complete overview of the stock itself. It will provide you with a detailed quote overview, company information, performance, and so much more.

By the way, if you’re using an investing app such as Robinhood ditch it. Yes the layout is amazing but Robinhood has been under serious scrutiny for halting trades on certain stocks. It’s better to prepare than to be sorry later. I recommend Vanguard or Fidelity.

Coca-Cola CO New York Stock Exchange Details
Coca-Cola CO (New York Stock Exchange)

As a new investor in the stock market, it would be beneficial to you to familiarize yourself with the details you encounter on your platform so that it becomes easier to navigate. This will help you understand the statistics of the stocks you’re purchasing.

You might already know which companies you’d like to invest in but going over the company overview and history should provide you with more confidence when making a trustworthy investment.

To find a companies ticker symbol, you can Google the companies name and add ‘stock’ at the end. Google should show you the ticker symbol so you can look it up on your brokerage account.

#2. Always buy the dips

It is only natural for beginner investors to buy when the stock market is green. When beginner investors see gains in the stock market they tend to get excited and jump in. The matter of the fact is that this is a sure way to lose more money than to actually make it.

Huh? What do you mean? Isn’t a green market good?

A green market is a sign the economy is doing well and companies in general are performing phenomenally. However, you’re going to want to purchase a stock on discount. Here’s what I mean.

Best Tips & Advise For Beginners Investing In Stocks

The strategy is to purchase stocks when they are low, in red. When you purchase a stock during lows you’re essentially purchasing the stock at a discounted price.

The number one goal for companies is to always be profitable and to see large gains throughout a given period of time. Buying the lows has a better probability of you seeing more gains than if you bought green and the market drops months or years later.

See the thing is that companies must take care of their shareholders. If a companies shareholders aren’t happy then they won’t invest in said company. In other words, a company is always striving to stay green so if it slips and you really believe in the company, buy the stock on discount.

#3. Check your gains/losses regularly

check your gains and loses

For beginners investing in stocks I strongly suggest checking your gains and losses regularly. Again, it is very important to familiarize yourself with the game and with how the stock market changes based on decisions made around the world and business. Be aware of how your investments are performing!

Checking the performance of your stocks allows you to see the short-term progress of a company.

The way I make my investments is if a company is performing well short-term then they will more than likely be a great fit long-term. This strategy has actually proved to be very successful for me personally.

The benefits of checking your gains and losses frequently are:

  • You learn to identify how well a stock is performing
  • And you increase your awareness of how your money is working for you

Most brokerage accounts have a mobile app to help you see your short-term unrealized gains and losses.

#4. Know when to stop investing

know when to stop investing

The last thing you want to do as a beginner investor is to put all your money in the stock market. You might be seeing gains so it’s easy to get excited when you see the value of your investments increase; however, it is wise to let things play out in the beginning. You’re going to learn that stocks can tumble just as fast if not faster than it took to see gains.

When you’re beginning to invest in the stock market you’re going to want to learn how to float before you can begin to swim. Knowing when to stop investing is a skill you’ll eventually come to understand and learn one way or another. Wait for the perfect opportunity to continue investing.

Save to invest, but build your emergency fund too

save to invest

I recommend saving for a rainy day first before you commit to purchasing assets. Build your emergency fund and then keep building. This way, when an opportunity occurs (such as GameStop or AMC) you’ll be ready.

There will come times when opportunities present themselves to you in the stock market.

Don’t put all your money in stocks that are doing amazing one week because something can happen internally within the company causing it to drop below what you purchased it for.

Investing in stocks shouldn’t be a gamble, it should be a strategic way to build wealth long-term.

#5. Purchase stocks with low commission fees

purchase stocks with low commission fees

A low commission fee is anything under 1%. Stocks with 0.40%, 0.04%, 0.01% are amazing because you won’t even feel the fee. When you buy stocks with commission fees over 1% you will certainly see the deduction. Always keep this in mind when shopping around for a new stock to purchase.

Vanguard has some of the lowest fees which is why it’s a very popular and trusted brokerage for retail investors.

Purchasing stocks with low commission fees is simply going to help you maximize your returns.

#6. Think long term investing

long term stock investing

One of the best tips and advice for beginners investing in the stock market is to think long-term when it comes to your success in the market.

A long-term strategy will have a higher reward than those looking for instant gratification. By delaying gratification you will bear the tastiest fruit. Don’t pick fruit that isn’t ripe. Investing in the stock market is a long-term game for the most part.

You might have been drawn to swing traders or day traders but the fact is that those investors are stock analysts and have a huge advantage over the average retail investor.

The snowball effect

The snowball effect - investing

When you figure out which stocks are you best performing stocks after your first year of investing, you’re going to see your account begin to snowball. With time, these investments are going to multiply.

#7. Reinvest your dividends

Reinvest your dividends

This is probably one of the most important tips and advice for beginners investing in the stock market. When you’ve purchased a stock, bond, REIT, or index fund, you will have the option to either cash out your dividends or reinvest them.

  1. If you choose the option to cash out your dividends you will receive them into your account balance as cash.
  2. If you choose to reinvest your dividends they will automatically be applied to that same stock which will eventually purchase another share with time.

By reinvesting your dividends, you are essentially setting yourself up to make a lot more money on the long run. My recommendation is to reinvest your dividends for the highest return possible.

This strategy is going to maximize your returns and allow that snowball effect to really grow massively with time.

#8. Don’t panic when your investments aren’t winning

Don't panic when your investments aren't winning

The stock market is volatile. It goes up and it goes down.

It might stay down for a few days before it goes up and vice-versa. My advice to you is to not panic sell if your stocks are not performing the way you anticipated them to. Instead, give them time.

Only sell when you come to an educated and reasonable conclusion as to why the company is no longer worth you investing in.

You will find out that some of the most difficult decisions as a new investor will be when you are confronted with the choice to sell your shares or continue holding out. Experience will ultimately be gained when faced with such decisions.

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#9. Follow business news and updates

business and stock news

I recommend beginners investing in stocks to follow the stock market and business news for stocks you’re investing in.

By watching closely at what is influencing the stock market, you will gain an insight that will help you monitor your own investments and predict the best decisions regarding your buying or selling experience.

You might naturally gravitate towards these sources the more you familiarize yourself with the investing world.

Note: Build an awareness to see how events, deals, and companies influence the volatility of the stock market.

News to stay away from

I personally stay away from platforms such as The Fool, MarketWatch, InvestorPlace, and Yahoo Finance as much as I can.

These platforms are paid platforms that write about stocks in order to influence the flow of retail trade going in or out of a particular stock.

It’s unethical and I won’t recommend you use those platforms. Instead, follow the companies you’re investing in on social media. See what they’re up to and how they’re innovating.

#10. Never stop learning

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When I published my article on how to invest in the stock market I thought I knew a lot about how the market works.

It wasn’t until the Reddit movement that made realize just how much more there is to learn!

I’m grateful for the community because it forced me to step outside of my comfort zone to educate others in the community who otherwise didn’t understand a lot of the mumbo jumbo and investing world lingo. So, I’ve made a lot of the DD easy to learn.

My advice to new retail investors investing in stocks is to never stop learning.

Also read: Retire a millionaire with the S&P500: Is it possible?

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