Are You Patient Enough?

| September 24, 2010 | 0 Comments

“How poor are they that have not patience!”

You Shakespeare fans probably recognize this line from the Bard’s epic tragedy, Othello.  I must admit I’m not much of a Shakespeare scholar myself.  But I do recognize words of wisdom when I read them.

And this quote is dripping with keen insight.

Now, I doubt Shakespeare had stocks in mind when he penned this famous phrase.  But the words offer excellent advice for investors nonetheless.

Just flip the quote around and you’ll see what I mean… They that don’t have patience are poor!

You see, a common downfall of many investors (and quite a few Shakespeare characters) is an utter lack of patience.  Over the years, I’ve seen many smart, level-headed people lose money in the market this way.  And it wasn’t a lack of intelligence or effort that did them in.

Nope… They just couldn’t wait for the trade to play out.

Maybe you’ve experienced this yourself?

Does this sound familiar?

You thoroughly research a company and their stock.  You buy the shares in your account.  And the minute the trade goes south… you sell out for a loss.

If you’ve done this before, don’t beat yourself up.  You’re definitely not alone.  The key is to learn from the mistake and not make the same one in the future.

What I’m leading up to is this…

To consistently make money in the stock market, you have to practice patience.  It’s not always going to be easy.  But if you’ve done your research and the fundamentals haven’t changed, you can confidently stick to your guns.

Stocks go down for lots of reasons.

Many have nothing to do with the company itself.  The market may be declining and dragging good stocks down with the bad.  Investors may sell out of your stock because another one in the same industry is having a problem.  And the list goes on and on…

The point is you can’t cut and run every time a trade goes against you.  If you sell out every time a stock goes down, you’ll lock in a lot of losses. And all those losses will make it very difficult to eke out a profit over the long run.

Here’s a perfect example of where patience paid off for a number of DWR readers…

Back in November 2009, I wrote an article about the solar power industry.  Entitled Solar Stocks Are Heating Up, the article recommended buying a few solar stocks poised for big gains.

One of those stocks was Solarfun Power (SOLF).

SOLF is a leading manufacturer of solar photovoltaic (PV) cells and modules in China.  They do business mainly in Europe and China.  The company’s customers are international solar power system integrators and distributors.

I liked three things about SOLF.

After a horrible 2008 and difficult first half in 2009, business was starting to ramp up.  The company’s earnings estimates were moving higher.  And the shares were trading at a hefty discount.

At the time, the shares were trading for just $6.48 a share.  A whopping 84% below the all time high of $40.19.  But I figured they would move up significantly as the company’s earnings surged higher.

It turns out I was right… but you had to have patience to capture the big profits.

SOLF shot up to a high of $10.78 in January 2010.  That’s an impressive 66% gain in just two months’ time.  You certainly could have cashed out there for a nice return on your money.

However, the outlook for the company was still improving.

Based on the earnings estimates and industry demand, SOLF appeared to have a lot more upside.  Unfortunately, the stock dropped after hitting the January high.  And it didn’t get back up to that level until late July.

But if you stuck to your guns and waited patiently for the inevitable recovery, you were rewarded handsomely.  The shares have since shot up to a high of $12.55.  Those who held on had a chance to lock in an eye-popping gain of 94%!

Nearly doubling your money in less than 10 months ain’t too shabby…

Clearly, patience is a virtue when it comes to investing.

Next time you’re faced with a stock moving lower despite good fundamentals, remember this little tale.  And think twice before you pull the trigger.  Maybe all that’s needed is a little patience.

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Robert Morris is the editor of Penny Stock All-Stars, an investment advisory focused on discovering small-cap and micro-cap stocks that are destined to become the market’s next Blue Chips. The Wall Street veteran and small-cap stock specialist is also a regular contributor to Penny Stock Research. Every week, Robert shares his thoughts with our readers on a variety of penny stock-related topics. In addition to Penny Stock Research, Robert also writes frequently for two other free financial e-letters, ETF Trading Research and the Dynamic Wealth Report. He’s also the editor of two highly successful and popular investment advisories, Biotech SuperTrader and China Stock Insider.

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