Trade to Survive, Not to be Profitable

Talking about trading, there’s one thing that I learned from a very good trader in Australia.

“You trade to survive, not to be profitable.”

What that means is, you need to set it clear in your mind that you are here to survive in the long run. Aim to preserve your capital first. Take the whole notion of profitability out of the equation for a little while. True, at the end of the day, profitability is all that matters but remember this, if you survive in the long run, profitability will be drawn to you automatically.

If you aim for profitability alone and you want it fast, that’s when impatience starts to kick in. This is then followed by greed. As a result, self destructive behaviour will start to take control.

Moral of the story: Patience is virtue.

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Back to Basics: Alternative Investment Asset Classes

A couple of days ago, we had a look at the 4 general investment asset classes.

Today, I shall list out a few others of what I’d like to call as the Alternative Investment Asset Classes.

They are:

Venture Capital

Venture capital is the act of investing in new businesses. The field of venture capital can be very lucrative, providing above average returns, due to the high-risk nature of it. However, the risk of going bust is also quite high.

Basically, what happens is that you, as an investor, provides money to startup firms/companies with long-term growth potential.

Examples: Investing in a new Nasi Lemak business, investing in Nadlique’s Blog 😛

Private Equity

A private equity is basically a syndicate (not the bad kind of course) where funds are raised and used to develop new products or technology, expand working capital, make acquisitions and takeovers, or to build up a company’s balance sheet.

You need to have a heck load of money to be involved in private equity, thus it is usually not available to the average individual investor.

Art

There are many things that can be categorised as arts such as paintings, sculptures, and printmaking. These are usually long-term investments whereby capital gains are most likely to be produced.

Examples: Picasso paintings, Van Gogh paintings, Nadlique’s paintings here and here (anybody interested in buying my paintings? Hehe).

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