4 Things to Keep in Mind as a New Investor

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The stock market is a complicated beast.


On the one hand, it can help people who have the capital to invest, grow their profits, and earn passive income for the future. On the other hand, an unwise investor can lose money as quickly as they earn it, so the rewards don’t come without great risk.

Unfortunately, investing in the stock market is a complex and involved process, and there’s a lot that a person needs to learn before they can feel confident getting started. A new investor needs to learn not only how the stock market functions, but also how to get the most out of it for their individual needs without exposing themselves to excessive risk.

If you’re thinking about making your first investment, don’t worry. We’re here to help get you on the right track with some useful tips.

Here are four things that you should be aware of when beginning your relationship with stock investing.


1. Make Sure Your Portfolio Suits Your Unique Needs

It’s important to remember that there’s no such thing as an ideal stock portfolio that works for every investor. Each individual investor has unique financial circumstances and needs, and these must be factored into the equation when creating a stock portfolio. New investors should be skeptical of stocks claiming to be perfect for everyone.

Investors with plenty of capital will probably want to derive large quantities of passive income from their stock portfolios, and will likely be comfortable taking on more risk. New investors or investors with limited capital will probably want to play it safe, minimizing risk and investing in cheaper stocks with more reliable performances. Make sure to tailor your portfolio to whichever situation applies to you.


2. Take Advantage of Defensive Stocks

As a new investor, a priority for you as you build your portfolio will likely be to minimize risk to the greatest degree that you can. To accomplish this, we’d recommend following the advice of UConn MBA student, Jasdeep Singh: remember that defensive stocks are your friends.

Defensive stocks are stocks for companies that have historically been known to perform well even in poor economic situations or times of crisis. They are essentially seen as a safe bet by investors. Incorporating these stocks into your portfolio can give you an added layer of protection against risk, which will be especially helpful as you work to find your footing as a new investor.


3. Be Prepared for Market Fluctuations

Always keep in mind that the market is ever-changing. Stock prices will go up and down and up again as the market fluctuates naturally, or as a result of novel market activity. These changes are perfectly normal and should be expected.

Don’t get too worried if your stock portfolio drops slightly in value. More than likely this is a product of pedestrian market fluctuations, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see the value go back up soon. If your portfolio’s value experiences a significant decrease, however, you may need to make some adjustments.


4. Help is Available if You Need It

Finally, as someone who is just getting started with stock investing, it’s important to remember that you don’t have to do it all by yourself. If you have questions, or you need assistance with some specific problems with your portfolio, there are experienced stock market experts who can offer you assistance.

In exchange for a reasonable fee, a qualified advisor can help you manage your portfolio and give you advice for growing your profits and protecting yourself against risk.



The stock market is often seen as intimidating and overly complicated by new investors. But once you get the hang of it, it can be an incredibly useful financial resource. Be sure to keep these simple tips in mind, and you’ll be on your way to becoming a successful investor in no time.


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