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Crucial Investing Tips for 2018

In the early days of 2018, it’s a good time to consider what’s the same and what’s new as the new year unfolds. With investing specifically, some basic principles remain unchanged, but there are some new kids on the block to pay attention to as well.

Let’s dive right in with a few investing tips for 2018.

Crypto Currencies

Everyone is curious about crypto currencies right now. With the sudden rise in Bitcoin during 2017 and other digital currencies being discussed like Ethereum and LiteCoin, there’s certainly good speculative money to be made. The old idea of “buying on the dips” is likely to prove useful to handle the ups and downs of these internet currencies.

Just be careful about the fees involved with each purchase as small batch sizes sometimes, especially in the case of Bitcoin, become quite expensive to complete. Be aware of how you’re buying the bitcoin and where it’s being stored too.

While it’s common to use an intermediary to make the purchase, it’s possible to hold a balance in a digital wallet like Electrum which is open-source and cross-platform (they have multiple desktop client and mobile apps too). This way, it’s not tied to a digital wallet provider and not at risk from the digital currency robberies that have taken place previously; this is the way Bitcoin was originally intended and set up where an intermediate was not required.

Fast-moving NASDAQ Technology Stocks

NASDAQ stocks are primarily technology based. They’re often quite expensive, but they go through periodic price adjustments where there’s often good opportunities to pick up bargains. At, they cover NASDAQ stocks that have recently fallen in price and are worth researching ahead of a possible purchase. Obviously, always perform your own due diligence before diving in.

Re-balancing a Portfolio

When setting up a portfolio, you create allocations for each planned asset class. These are based on your level of equity exposure that you’re comfortable with along with a sensible mix of non-correlated assets where some zig when others zag in the markets. Balancing a portfolio in this manner helps to mitigate steep moves upwards (or downwards) and smooths out the bumps.

For instance, in 2017 U.S. stocks had a banner year having risen over 21 percent. However, investors who put an equal amount into international stocks would have enjoyed over 27 percent return on their foreign investments. A 50/50 split would have achieved 24.5 percent return pre-costs.


Rebalancing a portfolio is a semi-regular action that sells down investments that have risen in price and buys more of what has been in the doldrums. While it may seem counterintuitive to sell your winners, the idea is to keep reasonably close to your planned asset allocation while avoiding any whipsaw with inflated investments coming crashing down. By rebalancing, the accepted risk levels of a portfolio are maintained too.

Investing in 2018 isn’t much different to other years except there are more opportunities for smaller investors to buy different types of alternative investments including dabbling in digital currencies. Keeping a sensible eye on maintaining a proper balance to your portfolio avoids overdoing things.

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Making Smart Investments in The Market

Making money in the stock market is always attractive and in fact, several people are lured by big money claims that are most often advertised. Is there any truth to it? Is it possible to make obscene amounts of money by investing small investments into the money market? While it is not entirely true, adequate research and an in-depth understanding of the markets can push you in the right direction. With time and practice, you can definitely begin to understand the stocks that will repay your money plus an additional amount of the risk. There are a few guidelines one should follow especially if you are new to the market and do not wish to get burnt!

Mob Mentality: Everyone has a different understanding of the market. Further, the risk is a personal thing and therefore the amount of risk you may be willing to take will not be the same as the other person. So, the first rule of thumb when you begin investing is to do your own research. Never follow free advice thrown in by people around you. There are several authentic websites such as which provide valuable and important information about companies and their performance in the markets. Make sure you read up enough about a company before you decide to invest your money in it.

Understanding the Industry: It’s a well-known fact around investing circles, that you never should put your money in a business or industry that you are unfamiliar with. Understanding an industry and how it works will help you to make the right decision about when to invest and when to exit the stock. Further, news in the industry, around the world can affect the stock and its price. Following such news and trends will help you to make money or save depending on the kind of news you are dealing with. With technological advances, there are several portals online now that make such information available as soon as it becomes known. Signing up on such portals, using your smartphone to keep tabs on related information and ensuring you are following your investments will help you to monitor your finds effectively.

Discipline: It is critical to have a disciplined approach to investing in the stock markets. Not only will you limit your losses, but by doing so, your chances of making money in the market doubles up. It is important that you do the right research, invest systematically in the right shares and be patient with your investments. It is important to have a long-term view which will allow your investments to grow and give you the returns. A huge part of seeing gains in the market is knowing when to exit and most people lose their money thanks to greed and fear. It is important not to be swayed by the sentiments in the market.

Making smart investments is all about having the right approach and a perfect understanding of your risk capacity.