Excerpt from Get Rich Slow. This week, and through September, we are running excerpts from Mary Holm’s bestselling book, “Get Rich Slow: How to grow your wealth the safe and savvy way.” Mary’s regular Q&A column will resume in October.
When you want to stay but the company goes. The best laid plans of investors often go awry (to paraphrase and Anglicise Robert Burns). A reader has made “an amused comment” about my recent statement that we should always buy shares with the intention of holding them for at least 10 years.
Q&As: What you should check out before you buy a house. And who should do the inspection; Some possible progress on the proposed changes to international investments tax; Who’s right and wrong in the maths on the new coins; Financial adviser explains how “Jane”, with her $1 million in term deposits, could save on fees.
Stop loss orders a dead loss. A reader writes that he is concerned about my advice in my last column. “Your two rules of share investing are to a) diversify (i.e. neutralize returns), and b) not sell when the market bombs,” he writes. “One would have hoped you would have added a third — enter a stop loss to avoid catastrophic loss if/when the market does bomb.” Not in my rulebook.