34 Investment Strategies and Rules to Make You a Better Investor

The most important attribute of successful investors is discipline in following a set of investment strategies and rules. In other words you don’t have to have a high IQ, a high education, extensive experience, or even great instinct.
You can be a successful investor by being disciplined in following a set of investment strategies and rules that guide you through bull and bear markets, times of greed and times of fear, and periods of high risk and periods of great opportunity.

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Modern Portfolio Theory

Modern Portfolio Theory was developed in the 1950’s with the belief that portfolio returns could be maximized for a given amount of investment risk by combining assets in a particular manner.
The theory is that, using relationships between risk and return such as alpha and beta, and defining risk as the standard deviation of return, an “efficient frontier” for investing can be identified and exploited for maximum gain at a given amount of risk.

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ETF Portfolios Guide – Advantages, Disadvantages, Newsletter

Arbor Investment Planner recognizes the need for an ETF Portfolios Guide. The goal is to assist the apprentice investors in their portfolio management decisions. The explosion in the number of ETFs means there is a large variety of ETFs to choose from today.

ETFs are the perfect investment vehicle for the apprentice investor, investors with small portfolios, or investors with large portfolios who want significant diversification in a targeted geographical area, sector, or industry. Used wisely they can be a valuable tool to lower risk and/or improve portfolio returns.

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What is the Difference Between Saving, Investing, and Gambling?

Recognizing the differences between saving, investing, and gambling will help you compartmentalize each, and avoid common mistakes. It’s an easy mistake because not enough people think it through, and the terms are used interchangeably in our culture. Keeping saving, investing, and gambling three separate activities in your mind and in your account structure will help you be more successful managing your money and growing your wealth.

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Buy and Hold Works….Until It Doesn’t

Buy and Hold is considered by many to be the holy grail of investing. Its current popularity has become a cult-like strategy that draws criticism to its critics and disdain towards those who dare speak out against the beloved investing strategy.

So buy and hold works….until it doesn’t. People will quote all kinds of statistics “proving” that buy and hold works. Its the trend of our day. This is nothing new. Bull markets make buy and hold look good. Bear markets make buy and hold look bad.

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Gross Profitability Ratio – Qualitative Analysis

The Gross Profitability Ratio is gaining credibility in value investing circles because it provides valuable and predictive qualitative analysis when combined with valuation metrics. Some analysts argue it is the single best qualitative metric with which to compare multiple stocks (particularly within the same industry) that have already been determined to be bargains.

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Book of Value Quotes by Anurag Sharma

The quotes from the Book of Value by Anurag Sharma are investment gems that include deep “second-level thinking”.

Careful and rigorous analysis helps investors resist the temptation to do foolish things. Good investors are capitalists — they invest on the basis of sound data and analysis, with an eye for what could go wrong.

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Dividend Coverage Ratios: How Safe is Your Dividend?

Dividend Coverage Ratios allow analysts to evaluate the safety of a company’s dividend. Many investors concentrate on the dividend yield but don’t give sufficient attention to the safety of that dividend.

In the long run companies must create enough cash flow to pay expenses, invest in the future (capital expenditures), service their debt (if any), and return money to shareholders.

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