You Have To Learn Where Your Stock Market Investments Are Going

The Nicholas Darvas Stock Investments Success Story (part 32)

Like human beings, stock market investments can behave differently. Some of them are calm, slow, conservative. Others are jumpy, nervous, tense. Some of them I found easy to predict. They were consistent in their moves, logical in their behavior. stock market investments were like dependable friends to me.

Some stock market investments I could not handle. Each time I bought them they did me an injury. There was something almost human in the stock market investments behavior. They did not seem to want me. They reminded me of a man to whom you try to be friendly but who thinks you have insulted him and so he slaps you.

I began to take the view that if these stock market investments slapped me twice I would refuse to touch them any more. I would just shake off the blow and go away to buy something I could handle better. This does not mean, of course, that other people with a different temperament from mine were not able to get on well with the stock market investments - just as some people get along with one set of people better than they do with others.

The experience I gained through my cause-of-error tables became one of the most important of all my qualifications. I now realized I could never have learned it from books. I began to see that it is like driving a car. The driver can be taught how to use the accelerator, the steering wheel and the brakes, but he still has to develop his own feeling for driving. No one can tell him how to judge whether he is too close to the car in front of him or when he should slow down. This he can only learn through experience.

As I flew around the world and operated in Wall Street by cables, I slowly came to see that though I was becoming a diagnostician I could not be a prophet. When I examined some stock market investments and found them strong, all I could say was: It is healthy now, today, at this hour. I could not guarantee it would not catch a cold tomorrow. My educated guesses, no matter how cautious they were, many times turned out to be wrong. But this did not upset me any more. After all, I thought, who was I to say what stock market investments should or should not do?

Even my mistakes did not make me unhappy. If I was right about my stock market investments, so much the better. If I was wrong - I was sold out. This happened automatically as something apart from me. I was no longer proud if the stock market investments went up, nor did I feel wounded if it fell.

I knew now that the word "value" cannot be used in relation to stock market investments. The value of certain stock market investments is their quoted price. This in turn is entirely dependent on supply and demand. I finally learned that there is no such thing as $50 stock market investments. If a $50 stock went to $49 - it was now a $49 stock. Being thousands of miles away from Wall Street, I succeeded in disassociating myself emotionally from all of the stock market investments I held.

I also decided not to be influenced by the tax problem. Many people hold on to stock market investments for six months to obtain long-term capital gain. This I considered dangerous. I might lose money by holding on to falling stock market investments just for tax reasons. 


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