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Eight common investing mistakes to avoid

ICICIdirect 8 Mins 19 Jun 2023

Working for ten years but have not accumulated enough wealth? Had enough wealth, but it has come down, or have not been able to grow it? Do the above statements sound familiar? Most investors fail to create wealth or are unable to preserve it because they make some common investing mistakes. 

We want our readers to be aware of those mistakes so they can avoid them, become successful investors, and not destroy their wealth.

Mistakes to avoid

There is a famous saying by Warren Buffet: 

'There are only two rules in investing. Rule number 1 - Never Lose Money. Rule Number 2 - Never Forget Rule 1.'

Let us look at some common investing mistakes that most investors make in their financial journey. Also, we will see how you can avoid it so you can create (or protect) your wealth.

1. Lack of diversification

Failing to diversify your investment portfolio is one of the most common mistakes investors make. Putting all your money into a single investment or a few similar investments can leave you exposed to significant risks. Diversification helps spread risk and reduce the impact of losses in any particular investment. In one of our previous articles, we talked in great detail about diversification - you should check that article out - Fruit Stand and the need for Diversification.

2. Emotional decision-making

Allowing emotions such as fear or greed to drive investment decisions can be detrimental. Making impulsive decisions based on short-term market fluctuations or following the crowd without proper analysis can lead to poor investment choices. The right approach is to understand the investment options and whether they meet your financial goals. 

Assume, hypothetically, that you invested in a stock that has given 50% returns in a year, and it starts to fall for some reason. You may exit it in fear - there might be no reason to sell. Most investors might have done the same and lost the opportunity to multiply their wealth 10X or 20X.

3. Market timing

When we talk about investing mistakes, this point has to be on the list. The majority will continue to do it even though every investor knows it is not the right way to invest. Trying to time the market by predicting short-term price movements is extremely challenging, if not impossible. 

Investors who attempt to buy at the lowest point or sell at the highest point often make costly mistakes. It is generally more effective to focus on long-term investment strategies than short-term market timing. Wealth is created over time, not overnight.

4. Lack of research and knowledge

To plan your vacation, you can zero in on your destination in a few hours, and it can go well. However, your wealth can suffer if you do the same while selecting your asset class. Most investors make the mistake of choosing investments in a matter of minutes. Investing without conducting proper research and understanding can be risky. It is crucial to thoroughly evaluate investment opportunities, understand the underlying assets, assess the financial health of the companies involved, and stay informed about market trends. A lack of knowledge can lead to poor investment decisions and losses.

5. Chasing hot tips and speculation

Relying on rumors, hot tips, or speculative investments without proper analysis is a risky strategy. Investments that seem too good to be true carry substantial risks. Most investors start their investing journey by investing based on tips, but if you have made it a habit, you will suffer - the chances of losses are super high. 

You need to start learning the investing process and pick investment options on your own. It is essential to conduct thorough research and make informed decisions based on reliable information. However, if you feel that you will be unable to do it, it is better to consult a financial advisor than risk your money.

6. Ignoring risk management

Every asset class carries a certain risk level. If you invest in asset class without evaluating the risk and without a risk management process in place, you are putting your chances of creating wealth on a toss. Failing to consider risk management techniques can expose your investments to unnecessary risks. Setting a suitable asset allocation, considering your risk tolerance, and periodically rebalancing your portfolio can help manage risk effectively.

7. Neglecting a long-term perspective

Investing should be viewed as a long-term endeavor. Trying to achieve quick gains or expecting unrealistic returns in a short period can lead to disappointment and poor decision-making. It is essential that you have a realistic investment horizon and align your investment strategy accordingly.

8. Not knowing the real or absolute returns

Let us assume you invest in a product that claims to give you 12% returns. However, there is a high management fee of 3%, and on top of it, the gains are also taxed. It means your net profit is in the single digits. You may stay invested in the product for years, assuming you are making excellent returns, but the reality is different. Therefore, you should always pay attention to the various fees, transaction charges, and taxes before investing in a product or asset class.


We hope you are not making any of the above mistakes. If you are, it is time to accept them and stop making them. Creating wealth over time is not a complex process - you only need to avoid common mistakes, and the returns will follow.

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