|I continued to buy on dips, which worked until late 2001. However, in 2002, the market just kept going down, as did the stocks I owned.||Buy on dips only when the market is in a long term upward trend.||Using market indicators such as the ratio of new highs to new lows, I think I am better at recognizing a short term pause in a bull market versus a declining market. Currently, I believe we have a declining market.|
|Expensive stocks became cheaper and appeared to become value stocks. After going from over $100 to $10, it appeared that up was the only direction some of these stocks. Wrong! Many of these stocks proceeded to $1 or nothing.||Avoid value traps and make additional purchases after a clear reversal and uptrend has occurred.||I no longer dollar cost average positions that I have. If a stock goes down right after I buy, I continue to hold it, because I believe it is a good company. However, in case I'm wrong, I wait for it to resume an upward trend before buying more.|
|At the end of 2001, I didn't sell any losses to offset gains. I believed that the stocks would rise in 2002. Instead they declined further.||Losses often get bigger for a stock in a declining market.||In 2007, I sold all my losses that could offset taxable gains, and therefore, minimized my income tax.|
|At the end of 2002, I sold all the stocks in our personal accounts. As a result, we missed out on the 2003 market gains.||Always have some exposure to the stock market.||In 2008, I will continue hold the majority of our current investments, and occasionally sell small portions (e.g. less than 5%) during rallies to raise cash.|
In the 00/02 bear market, my only investing strategies only involved owning stocks, not owning stocks or options. From 2003 to 2004, I experimented with shorting stocks, which focused on companies with poor business performances and extended declines in their price. This approach to shorting had enough success that I plan to use it again in 2008.
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