Robbie Burns
Robbie Burns's columns :
23/01/2006Gambling on the Indices
04/01/2006SECTOR PICKS FOR 2006
12/12/2005Will You Be Ho-Ho-Hoing Your Way To The Bank This Christmas?
28/11/2005Oil be Blowed!
14/10/2005The Naked Trader Book
30/09/2005Market Downturn?
11/09/2005Soaring Portfolio Strong Markets
30/08/2005Get Rich Quick Greed >>
10/08/2005All about IPOs
27/07/2005What's the best way to go Short?
13/07/2005Trend Timing - Let the Trend be your Friend
08/07/2005Terrorism and the Stock Markets
28/06/2005London Stock Exchange SETS mm
13/06/2005Holiday from the Markets
23/05/2005Penny Shares
09/05/2005A Cautionary Tale about Stock Gossip
25/04/2005Making Money from the Markets
11/04/2005Buy Winning Companies not Losing Ones

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Robbie Burns – The Naked Trader

Robbie has been trading full-time since 2001. His book "The Naked Trader" (which also has useful information on how to use advfn) has become one of the biggest-selling finance books, reaching the top 150 books on Amazon - order it here. Trades made for Robbie's website have amassed profits of more than £300,000. You can read about his buys and sells daily at

Get Rich Quick Greed


Why do so many people, especially new investors, lose on the markets - even when they are going up? I think it all boils down to a lack of patience plus greed. Patience is just not something many investors seem to have, judging by a lot of e-mails coming in to me.

Investors press the sell button far too easily on their winners. They seem afraid not to sell after they've only gained a few points on a share when, in fact, they should be holding for 3 to 6 months rather than 3 to 6 days.

It's the get-rich-quick greed thing. Some investors want to buy a share and expect it to move up right after they bought it. They want it to double in a week and turn ten grand into twenty, just like that.

It's just too boring to hold onto a share for six months or a year and watch it gently going up, gradually increasing your capital. And that's it - people get impatient. They overtrade, and go in and out of stocks. Buy one day, sell it the next if it doesn't move. So they eat into their capital by paying tons of commission, not clearing the spread, and then wonder why they're not making money. It's why 98% of 'day traders' lose.

Impatient investors don't think: "this looks like a great company - I'll hold for a year, get 20 percent capital increase plus a 5 percent dividend." They think: "ooh, this share is only 5p - it could be 10p next week." Then they end up selling at 3p.

Dear readers - concentrate on building your wealth slowly. It's a long-term game. Make sure you preserve your capital.

OK teacher, that's enough lecturing. But it's for your own good, I'm telling you.

Markets continue to be very strong and although the FTSE has come back a bit, if you are picking stocks carefully there are plenty of good winners out there. Those playing oil stocks, like me, are having an excellent time. Dragon Oil (DGO), which I bought just seven weeks ago at 109p, has climbed as I write to over 160p!

And something investors seemed to have overlooked is oil support services companies. Two of my favourites are Hunting (HTG) and Sondex (SDX).

Hunting, bought for 235p, is now nearly 300p and Sondex picked up at 205p is now 245p. Plenty more to come from both of these; the booming oil companies simply need their services - and more of them.

One company often overlooked in a different sector is Vanco (VAN). I've made money on these, all the way from 181p to the current 460p and I've picked up more last week at 453p. I visited the company last year and was highly impressed. They are winning contract after contract - and all long-term.

Right! It's time to get back to my screen, relax … and be patient. I'm getting rich slowly - and that's the way I like it.

You can read Robbie’s daily market comments together with his latest buys and sells at his website

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