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Are You A Foolish Investor?

The Motley Fool’s mission is to help the world invest, better. And because of that, it might be good to share what it means to be a Foolish investor (note the emphasis on the capital F).

But first, let me make clear that calling someone Foolish (capital F!) is not a bad thing – if I say you’re Foolish, I’m not saying that you’re unwise or lacking in sound judgement. Instead, it’s a form of praise – in that you have, amongst other great qualities, intelligence and a love of fun. (This is just one of the many quirky things about us at The Motley Fool!).

So yes… what does it mean to be a Foolish investor? Here’s what we are and are not at The Motley Fool.

What we are NOT

  1. We are first and foremost not market-timers; we have no idea what the market’s going to do 12 months from now, let alone the next month or the next day (we don’t think anyone else does either).
  2. We are not folks who spend their days looking at squiggly lines on a stock chart (that’s a practice that’s otherwise known as technical analysis).
  3. We are not people who can predict the best performing securities at any moment.
  4. We are not prescient soothsayers who are able to predict when major economic events in the world might happen and how it might impact the stock market.

What we ARE

  1. We are investors who view every share listed on the stock exchange as a piece of a living, breathing, and evolving business; a stock is way more than just a meaningless ticker to us.
  2. We are people who focus on the long term. We analyse the dynamics of a business and how it might change over the next three to five years (or even 10 and more!) and invest with that same time horizon.
  3. We are people who strive to know as much as possible about different companies and the intricacies of their businesses and industries.
  4. We are folks who believe that investing is most intelligent when it is most business-like.
  5. We are investors who believe in limiting the risk of permanently losing our investment capital whenever we make investing decisions.
  6. We are a group who believes in the importance of controlling our egos and emotions when we invest; we will surely make mistakes along the way in our analysis, but we focus on correcting our errors as soon as possible and not let our emotions and egos get in the way of recognizing that we’ve gone wrong.

I believe that a Foolish investor is all that (and possibly more!) but I’ve saved the best for the last – at The Motley Fool we are a fun-loving bunch who believe that investing should be educational, amusing, and enriching at the same time. Fool on!

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The information provided is for general information purposes only and is not intended to be personalised investment or financial advice. Motley Fool Singapore writer Stanley Lim doesn't own shares in any companies mentioned.