Could you combine all the 'risks' into one post or give a common, less generic label? Hehe
Fun to read them. :)
You often hear this - Investing in Stock Market is risky.
In fact, investment of any kind including setting up your own business by nature is risky, and can potentially cause you lose some or all your investing or initial capital.
Actually as a paid employee you also face similar risks of losing your job when you approach 40s or 50s. It is a well known fact that HR department update this list of employees in these age groups during annual budget exercise.
So what are the possible Stock Market Risks and how can we as retail investors mitigate these risks?
1. Price Volatility Risk
Need to learn how to time your Entry and Exit points
Buy in batches by Average In (different from Average Down)
Sell in batches
Read? Newbies Do Not Earn The Right To Average Down. Never!!! (Refresh)
Read? Bear market is here. Let's accumulate more by average down? (2)
Read? Help me! I am still losing money in my Investment Quadrant (5)
2. Companies Risk
Select top tier blue chips that are likely to be rescued by Temasek.
Limit your exposure to any stock to less than 10%, and for bigger account size less than 5%
Limit your exposure to any sector to less than 20%, and for bigger account size less than 10%
3. Currency Risk
Invest in Singapore only
4. Lack of Knowledge and Skills
Read? Investing Knowledge and Skills
5. No Time for Research and Monitoring
You mean other people got more than 24 hours? Time is the fairest commodity of all and everybody has the same amount of time, no more or no less. 24 hours a day!
Wake up if you don't have time and stop dreaming!
6. Liquidity Risk
This risk is associated with the ability to sell out our stocks easily without depressing the price level further and causing potential buyers to retreat to sideline in anticipation of more fire sales coming.
It is true that when we buy stocks which have low liquidity; we can have all the time in the world to buy slowly. I am not sure if the opposite is true when you need to sell?
Do you really have the time in the world to sell slowly? Probably, you may have urgent need to raise money; otherwise, why would you be selling?
This Great Bear of 2008 taught me there is another risk to think about:
7. Dilution Risk
Even if you only invest in blue chips that are strategically important to Singapore and the government will never allow them to fail. So there is very little risk of complete failure but you are still expose to the dilution risk i.e. your interests in your holding get diluted by these companies injecting more capitals to strengthen up their balance sheets by raising more capitals through private placement or right issues.
Private Placement to Institutions
You either get out or get diluted. If you have decided to hold on; then it may take a long while for your current holding to get even.
Same here. You can choose to get out or exercise your option to prevent your current holding been diluted by subscribing to all your entitled right issues to hold it at higher investment cost.
If you don't, then your interests will take a long while to get even.
Do you have war chest for right issues and especially true for those heavily into S-REITs when their business model for raising right isses is BAU?