Five things investors always forget, from the power of dividends to the futility of market timing

Many people are of the view that the market is fixed and that they can't win against it. This view tends to arise after losses, as it's easier to blame the system rather than accept the fact that they bought a loser investment.

In the stock market, information is key. Many investors, though, have trouble sifting through all the info out there. We’ve found that most information can be ignored, as a lot of it is just noise. This includes such things as analyst upgrades (too frequent, not accurate), “expert” predictions (generally horrible) and many company press releases (not overly meaningful). Still, some information will of course be extremely useful. Over time, with market experience, you should be able to weed out at least some useless data, giving you more time to analyze what’s really important.

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