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  • Writer's pictureAlpesh Patel

Turning a 40% Stock Rise into Lasting Wealth: Tips for Pension Holders

What happens when a stock goes up 40% in a year in your pension, and why do so many people, even with such stocks, mess it up?



Avoid daily market monitoring: Do not check the stock market every day, as it can lead to unnecessary stress and impulsive decision-making. Emulate the approach of successful investors like Warren Buffett, who avoids constant market monitoring.


Set a holding period or loss threshold: Determine a specific holding period for the stock, such as 12 months. Alternatively, set a loss threshold of 25% from the entry point. This will prevent unnecessary panic selling and allow for long-term growth.


Consider historic drawdowns: Analyse the historical data of the stock to understand its previous drawdowns, including the depth and duration of losses. Make a note of these potential scenarios and mentally prepare for them.


Assess personal risk tolerance: Evaluate your risk tolerance and align it with the characteristics of the stock. If the potential drawdowns or losses are not suitable for your risk tolerance, consider choosing a different stock.


Avoid impulsive trading: Resist the temptation to trade stocks based on short-term fluctuations. Many investors make the mistake of selling their investments when the stock falls by 10% or 20%, only to miss out on potential gains later.


Stay patient during sideways periods: Understand that stocks may experience prolonged periods of sideways movement with minimal returns. Avoid panicking and selling during these periods, as it may result in missing out on future gains.


Review and adjust as needed: Regularly review the performance of the stock and assess if it aligns with your investment goals. Adjust your strategy if necessary, but avoid making impulsive decisions based on short-term market movements.


Cautionary Notes:

  • Avoid checking the stock market daily to prevent unnecessary stress and impulsive decision-making.

  • Do not panic sell during drawdowns or sideways periods, as it may result in missing out on potential gains.

  • Be aware of your risk tolerance and choose stocks accordingly. Do not invest in stocks that do not align with your risk tolerance.


Tips for Efficiency:

  1. Conduct thorough research on potential stocks before investing to ensure they meet the criteria of undervaluation, revenue growth, and dividend yields.

  2. Set clear holding periods or loss thresholds to avoid impulsive trading and maximise long-term growth.

  3. Regularly review the performance of stocks and make adjustments as needed, but avoid making impulsive decisions based on short-term market movements.


Alpesh B Patel OBE


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