On July 21, 2014, my 30-year old self braved the financially rewarding yet dangerous world of stock market investing. I have never looked back since that time. Officially on my fourth year in my COL Financial journey today, I wish I have new lessons to share with you based on my first-hand account but I haven’t really been paying that much attention to my portfolio in the past months. The market has been down since February and all I’ve been doing is receiving dividends (which always makes my day!) and buying stocks (they are sold at bargain prices these days!) when I have extra money to deposit to my COL Financial account.
One year ago today, I opened an account with COL Financial and never looked back. I put money into my account whenever possible. It wasn’t on a regular basis, but I made sure to reach a certain amount before I celebrate my first year as a direct stock market investor. What do you know, I did it!
Somehow, I feel quite accomplished and empowered knowing that I have started taking the journey to financial freedom. I am still far from it, perhaps several years far, but my inner self tells me I’ll get there one day. And so I continue to believe in and work to realize my goal.
At present, my stocks portfolio with COL Financial is experiencing a low. (Even my BDO UITF is on the negative side right now.) I’d like to believe the market is down or having some sort of a correction. It’s been like that since the month started. Brenda, a newbie stock market investor like me, shares the same sentiment here. The last time I checked (which was this morning), one of my stocks even had a loss of -18.50%. Should I be worried? My heart says yes while my mind says no. I choose to listen to the latter. I try to be positive about this because I have faith in my stock picks.
To continue with my Lessons on Stock Market Investing series (you may read Vol. I here), below are some of the things I learned from my nine months (as of April 21st) of investing directly in the stock market: