As we look to invest in today's current environment, the
opportunities to find quality income-producing assets has been
For those who are market averse, there aren't many good options
left at all. The media keeps pushing a real estate rebound as a
place to put your money, but finding an income-producing property
with solid returns is much easier said than done. Unless you are
willing to step up a pay a premium, hoping everything remains as
solid as it has been, the opportunities for "deals" are usually
reserved for the not-without-risk foreclosure market (which is even
tough for those experienced to make some sound investment returns).
Also, finding and keeping good tenants (both on the residential and
commercial side) is never quite as easy as it sounds in those "get
rich in real estate" courses. Turning to banking products like CD's
and savings accounts, you would think the rates banks are paying
out couldn't possibly get any lower, and yet each week they seem to
drop even more.
As hated as the stock market has become for some folks, we still
see some solid buying opportunities out there. Investors tend to
run into trouble when they try to take a dual approach to the
markets. People sometimes combine the slow and steady way of
investing for compounding returns and income with the manic
rapid-fire approach of getting in and out of stocks quickly (at the
behest of the business media, of course). Mixing the two is
something I am not a fan of, as the fear is any gains made on the
manic side will eventually overshadow the slow and steady approach.
One can easily say "I made a bunch of money in a short amount of
time with stock ABC," thus making the more conservative stock XYZ
look less attractive in comparison. Thus, people slowly but surely
turn from investors into traders - and we all know the success rate
for traders is incredibly low.
This transition happens each day in fact, as new investors take
their place in the Wall Street poker room. You can sit for a long
time and make quite a bit of money if you focus on waiting
patiently for the right hand, but as is the case in most poker
rooms, the lure of the "big pot" will cause some players to
overstep, eventually emptying the chair for the next player. The
new person who sits down must then decide whether they want to
stick around a long time or be out of there as fast as the previous
one was. Remember, you control the cards (stocks) you hold. Never
let it be the other way around.
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